Shark Encounters

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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.

  • 8 Days
  • Galapagos

The most frequented shark sites

The shark encounters package will take you on a journey through all of the most frequented shark sites around the island of Santa Cruz. At these sites you will be diving with the legendary schools of scalloped hammerheads, the menacing black tipped reef sharks, the docile white tipped reef sharks and the elusive galapagos sharks. For those of you not so keen on the sharp toothed variety of underwater life, you can’t go to these sites without bumping into the local sea lions who always want to meet the newcomers, be surrounded by schools of reef fish, glide by the turtles cleaning stations and be amazed by the schools of eagle rays, golden rays, mobula rays and the majestic manta. There is something for everyone!

Prices Includes

  • Hotel in Santa Cruz & San Cristobal with breakfast(9 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)
  • Meals not stated in tour itinerary


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.

Day 1Baltra

Transfer from Baltra airport to hotel with Highland Visit.

This visit consists of 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 6pm to try on your equipment for the following day and meet your guides.

Day 2Scuba Diving - 2 dives

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.AM: Diving (2 dives) and check dive

AM: Scuba Diving – 2 dives
PM: Free time to visit Tortuga Bay

Day 3Scuba Diving - 2 dives

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.

  • AM: Diving (2 dives)
  • PM: Free time to visit Las Grietas

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 5Bartolome, Plazas or Seymour

Departure: 6am – 8am
Return: Approx 4-5pm
Includes: breakfast (for Bartolome tour only), lunch, water, snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) wetsuits available at an extra charge.

Day Tour North Seymour, Bartolome, Plazas or Santa Fe

Please send us your preference for this day. Tours are subject to available spaces.


Day 6Isabela & Las Tintoreras

Ferry to Isabela departing at 7am. 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.

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

You will have some free today and then join the Las Tintoreras Snorkel tour.

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 Galapagos 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.

  • AM: Depart Isabela 7am/ Arrive Puerto Ayora Bay
  • PM: Tour (Tinitoreras & snorkel)

Day 7Isla Isabela

Breakfast in your hotel.

Sierra Negra Volcano Tour
Take a guided bus trip and then walk 2 hours up to the second largest crater in the world.
VolcanSierra Negra rises 1490 meters above the sea level and last erupted in October 2005 sending volcanic ash and smoke 20 km in the air. An 8km trail leads around the east side of the volcano to some active fumaroles. Box lunch provided on the tour but you will need to take extra drinking water.

  • AM: Tour Volcan Sierra Negra
  • PM: Free time

Day 8Transfer to airport - Flight from San Cristobal

AM: Return to Santa Cruz.
The ferry departs Isabela at 6am please be ready in your hotel at 5.30am for transfer to the dock.

Once arrived to Santa Cruz please cross the street to the Academy Bay office for your transfer to the airport.