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This tour is provided by

Academy Bay Diving

Academy Bay Diving is a family owned and operated company, dedicated to providing excellence in customer service and dive safety, whilst giving our customers the experience of a lifetime found nowhere else but here diving in the Galapagos Marine Reserve.

  • 14 Days
  • Galapagos

During your 14 days in Galapagos you will dive in sites from 4 different islands of the Archipelago, everyday witnessing exciting and unique topography and animals. You will also enjoy overnights stays on Santa Cruz, Isabela & San Cristobal. From the smallest seahorses to the grand Scalloped Hammerhead sharks, you will not be let down by the amazing underwater world that Galapagos has to offer.

Prices Includes

  • Hotel in Santa Cruz and San Cristobal with breakfast (13 nights)
  • All meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers in Galapagos
  • Snorkel equipment and dive equipment on all tours
  • All tours mentioned in the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Flights unless organised with Academy Bay Diving
  • National park entrance fee ($100 payable on arrival)
  • Tourist card ($20 payable in airport in Quito or Guayaquil)
  • Extra meals not stated in tour itinerary
  • Entry Fee Isabela $10
  • Water taxi fees between Isabela & San Cristobal – approx $3-4

Accommodation

This package is run for anyone and every budget

We have 5 levels of hotel for you to choose. If you are backpacking, honeymooning or can’t stand the thought of a hostel and would like a little more comfort or would like to go all out and have the best, we’ve got you covered!

  1. Hostel – Single, Double or Dorm rooms, cooking facilities, breakfast not included.
  2. Budget – Private rooms, private bathrooms, hot water, TV and WiFi, some have cooking facilities.
  3. Tourist – Private rooms, private bathrooms, hot water, air con, TV, WiFi, breakfast, swimming pool.
  4. Tourist Superior – Private rooms, hot water, WiFi, telephone, TV, air con, breakfast, swimming pool.
  5. First Class – Premier class private rooms, hot water, WiFi, telephone, TV, air con, breakfast, swimming pool.
 
Itinerary

Day 1Baltra

Transfer from Baltra airport to hotel with Highland Visit

This tour consists of visiting 3 sites: El Chato, Lava tunnels and Los Gemelos.

El Chato Tortoise Reserve is near Santa Rosa, approx 19km from Puerto Ayora. This is one of the only places where you can observe the ancient creatures up close in the wild. They look old, they smell old and they even sound old when they suck in their necks and heads and let out a hiss of air, like an old leather cushion. The reserve is also a great place to see the short eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers and paint billed crakes. After you return to the current century you will be taken to the lava tubes, where you can walk more than 1km underground. They were formed by the solidifying of the outside skin of molten lava flow. When the lava flow ceased, the molten lava inside the flow kept moving, emptying out of the solidified skin thus leaving tunnels. Lastly a visit to Las Gemelos, the twin craters that are actually sink holes surrounded by Scalesia forest. Vermillion flycatchers and often seen here, as well as short eared owls on occasion. It is a beautiful place to take in the greenery of Galapagos and walk along the small paths around the craters to spot some of the bird life. At the conclusion of the tour you will be transported back to Puerto Ayora and your hotel.

Please come to our office in the evening at 5-6pm to try on your equipment for the following day and meet your guides.

Day 2Scuba Diving

Depart 7am for a 2 tank dive trip

The site will depend on your experience and our itinerary. Includes: 2 tanks, all equipment, lunch & snacks, guide, towels and photos of your dive.
PM: Free time to visit Tortuga Bay.

Day 3Scuba Diving

Depart 7am for a 2 tank dive trip

The site will depend on your experience and our itinerary.
Includes: 2 tanks, all equipment, lunch & snacks, guide, towels and photos of your dive.

Day 4Scuba Diving

Depart 7am for a 2 tank dive trip

The site will depend on your experience and our itinerary.
Includes: 2 tanks, all equipment, lunch & snacks, guide, towels and photos of your dive.

Day 5Scuba Diving

Depart 7am for a 2 tank dive trip

The site will depend on your experience and our itinerary.
Includes: 2 tanks, all equipment, lunch & snacks, guide, towels and photos of your dive.

Day 6Scuba Diving

Depart 7am for a 2 tank dive trip

The site will depend on your experience and our itinerary.
Includes: 2 tanks, all equipment, lunch & snacks, guide, towels and photos of your dive.

Day 7Scuba Diving

Depart 7am for a 2 tank dive trip

The site will depend on your experience and our itinerary.
Includes: 2 tanks, all equipment, lunch & snacks, guide, towels and photos of your dive.

Day 8Ferry to Isabela & Las Tintoreras

Ferry to Isabela departing at 7.30am. You will need to collect your tickets the evening before from the agency and be in the main passenger pier at 6.40am to have your name ticked off and board the boat. The trip is 2 hours in a speed boat.

On arrival to Isabela you will be picked up by a representative from the hotel and given your itinerary briefing.

You will have some free time today and then join the Las Tintoreras Snorkel tour. This can be taken in Kayak or small motor boat.

The tour takes you first to Las Tintoreras, a small volcanic island where you cruise through shark channel spotting White tip reef sharks resting in the shallow water. You can snorkel in the mouth of the channel here to get a closer look. The second stop is a White Sandy beach covered with lazing sea lions and iguanas, a great photo opportunity. Back on the boat you float past the mangrove forest, a favorite hang out of the blue footed boobies, the masked boobies, pelicans and frigate birds, then on to a protected bay where a colony of Galápagos penguins live where you can snorkel with turtles, White tip reef sharks, rays and many varieties of reef fish. If you are fast with your flippers you may catch a glimpse of the penguins under water too.

Day 9 Isabela Volcano Sierra Negra

Breakfast in your hotel. Depart approx 7.30am

Sierra Negra Volcano Tour
AM. Take a guided bus trip and then walk 2 hours up to the second largest crater in the world. You will have a box lunch at the top taking in the view before walking the 2 hours return trail. You will return to town approx. 2.30pm.

Day 10 Ferry to Santa Cruz/San Cristobal

Ferry to Santa Cruz departing at 6am. You will be picked up fro the hotel at 5.30am and taken to the passenger pier. The trip is 2 hours in a speed boat.

Ferry to San Cristobal. You will need to be at the main passenger pier at 1.10pm to check in for your boat, departing at 2pm. The trip is 2 hours in a speed boat.

These 2 ferries can be replaced with a flight in a small plane between the islands at an extra cost.

Check in at Dive Center for the next days dive.

Day 11Scuba Diving - San Cristobal

Depart 7.30am for a 2 tank dive trip

The site will depend on your experience and our itinerary. Includes: 2 tanks, all equipment, guide, towels and photos of your dive.

Day 12Scuba Diving - San Cristobal

Depart 7.30am for a 2 tank dive trip

The site will depend on your experience and our itinerary. Includes: 2 tanks, all equipment, guide, towels and photos of your dive.

3pm Ferry to Santa Cruz. The trip is 2 hours in a speed boat.

Day 13Rest Day

Rest day 

Day 14 Transfer from hotel to airport

Transfer from hotel to airport

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