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8-Day Galapagos Island Hopping with Diving

8-Day Galapagos Island Hopping with Diving

8 days

8-Day Galapagos Island Hopping with Diving
from $3495 USD

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In this 8-day itinerary, you will visit 3 islands: San Cristobal, Isabela, and Santa Cruz Islands plus 2 days of SCUBA diving. Exact dive locations depend on experience and diving schedule.

Island hopping allows visitors to experience much of the best areas of the islands while sleeping in well-appointed lodges and transferring between islands during the day on a smaller boat.

You can start on any day of the year, and you can buy your own Galapagos flights. We offer itineraries for any length of time. Island hopping itineraries are also great choices for visitors who wish to combine diving days with classic wildlife tours.

NOTES:

  • Dinner is on your own during your tour. There are a number of restaurants in town, and they are all within walking distance of the hotels.
  • For your free time, you can explore town, most hotels have bicycles to rent, there may be kayaks in town to rent, and there are beaches to visit within walking distance.
  • You will need a morning flight into San Cristobal and an afternoon flight out of the Baltra Airport.
  • You will have a separate guide on each island. Some tours are private and some are in a small group.

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Day 1: 8-DAY GALAPAGOS ISLAND HOPPING WITH DIVING / Arrive Galapagos, Interpretation Center, Frigate Bird Hill, Carola Beach (Hiking, Snorkeling) (L)

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You will be picked-up at the San Cristobal Airport by your private certified guide, who will take you to the hotel. After you collect your luggage, look for someone with a sign with your name on it. It is a 5 minute drive to the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

After your lunch with the guide, you will visit the Interpretation Center, where the guide will talk you about the formation, colonization, and future of the islands. Then, you will follow the trail to Frigate Bird Hill, a viewpoint from which you can admire beautiful view over the island. You will be able to snorkel in the shallow waters of Darwin Bay, where you can see sea lions, various tropical fish, and turtles. Your hike will finish at Carola beach from where you will walk back to the hotel.

Dinner is not included, but you have several options in town: from BBQ at the Bambu restaurant or typical Ecuadorian food at Mockingbird as well as delicious sea food at the El Descanso Marinero. For pizzas and sandwiches, we recommend Calypso.

NOTE: Private Tour

Meals included: Lunch
Budget Accommodations: Hosteria Pimampiro
Mid-Range Accommodations: Casa Playa Mann
Luxury Accommodations: Golden Bay Hotel & Spa

Day 2: San Cristobal: Scuba Diving at Kicker Rock (Diving) (BL)

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After breakfast (7.30 am),you will go to the famous Kicker Rock, a volcanic formation in the middle of the ocean, there you will dive (2 dives or 1 long snorkeling for non divers) along with sharks, rays, and if lucky, hammerhead sharks! After lunch on board, you will go to a beautiful, pristine beach, where you will have time to relax for about 1 hour. Around 3pm you will be back at the port.

The rest of the day is free at your leisure. You can watch the sunset on Playa Mann, or you can go to Loberia (about $4 each way by taxi). This is a coral beach with a sea lion colony. You will walk along the beach and Barranco cliff trail to see the sea lions, frigates, marine iguanas, and mangroves.

NOTE: Shared Tour with maximum 12 people/boat

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Budget Accommodations: Hosteria Pimampiro
Mid-Range Accommodations: Casa Playa Mann
Luxury Accommodations: Golden Bay Hotel & Spa

Day 3: Fly San Cristobal to Isabela Island: Kayaking at Villamil Bay (Hiking, Snorkeling) (BL)

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We will pick you up in the morning from the hotel and accompany you to the airport, where you will do your check-in for the flight to Isabela (estimated time: 40 min).

IMPORTANT: the weight limitations of the airplanes are 12kg/26lb per person (checked baggage and hand luggage). Overweight costs $3.50/kg.

Our staff will welcome you on Isabela and accompany you to your hotel for check-in. You are free until lunch. We recommend a visit of the Flamingo Lagoon or Galapaguera, a breeding center for the Galapagos Tortoises (free). Flamingo Lagoon ("Poza de los Flamingo") is a principal breeding ground for the Flamingos. This is a 10-minute walk from town.

After lunch, you will have a private kayak tour in the bay of Villamil. You can see penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions, turtles. Afterwards, you snorkel in turquoise water and spot different fishes, sea turtles, rays and penguins.

Your evening is free. For dinner, we recommend Isabela Grill for the meat lovers, Iguana Point which is along the beach, or El Faro restaurant in the center.

NOTE: Private Kayaking Tour

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Budget Accommodations: Gran Tortuga
Mid-Range Accommodations: Isabela Beach House
Luxury Accommodations: Iguana Crossing

Day 4: Isabela Island: Sierra Negra Volcano (Hiking) (BL)

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Today the Sierra Negra Volcano is on the agenda. This is the 2nd largest and most active volcano in the world (last eruption on October 22, 2005). You will also see steam rising from nearby Volcan Chico. You walk through spectacular lava landscapes and have views of the northern volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina. The hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano and the Chico Volcano is about 16km long (2-3 hour hike up), but worth the effort. You see the second largest volcanic crater in the world and discover different vegetation zones. You get a lunchbox for the hike. It is a 40-minute drive to the base of the volcano hike. You can also rent a horse ($10) if you prefer not to hike.

The rest of the day is at leisure. You can enjoy the beautiful beach in Isabela or you can snorkel in the Concha de Perla lagoon (snorkel equipment is not included in the free time, but can be hired locally).

NOTE: Shared Tour with maximum 16 people

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Budget Accommodations: Gran Tortuga
Mid-Range Accommodations: Isabela Beach House
Luxury Accommodations: Iguana Crossing

Day 5: Isabela: Los Tuneles/Cabo Rosa (Snorkeling) (BL)

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After breakfast at your hotel, you will leave at 7:30am with your guide to go by boat to Los Tuneles/Cabo Rosa (45 minutes) where lava has flowed into the ocean and formed beautiful lava tubes. There you may see penguins, blue-footed boobies and sea turtles. However, the highlight is snorkeling. You have the chance to see white-tip sharks which rest daily on the bottom, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, seahorses, and many tropical fish. The tour takes about 5 hours.

The rest of the day is free time. You can do a bike ride to the Wall of Tears (bikes are not included, but can be hired locally).

NOTE: Shared Tour with maximum 10 people

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Budget Accommodations: Gran Tortuga
Mid-Range Accommodations: Isabela Beach House
Luxury Accommodations: Iguana Crossing

Day 6: Transfer Isabela to Santa Cruz: Highlands, Garrapatero Beach (Hiking, Snorkeling) (BL)

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At 5:30am, your guide will pick you up at the hotel and accompany you to the harbor, where you will take the 6:00am speed boat to Santa Cruz (2.5-3.5 hours).

At the pier, our staff welcomes you and accompanies you for breakfast. Afterwards you will go to the hotel for check-in and to meet your private local guide.

Your guide will drive you to a ranch in the Santa Cruz Highlands to see the giant tortoises in their native environment. After lunch, you will stop at Cerro Mesa Reserve where you can see a huge crater, a remnant of the time when Santa Cruz was still a volcanic active island. Then you will continue to Garrapatero Beach where you will have time to swim.

The evening is at your leisure. You can choose among a lot of restaurants in town for dinner. The "Kiosks" are a great option -- every night one street in the center of Puerto Ayora is closed to traffic and restaurants put tables and chairs in the street where you can enjoy a typical meal among locals.

NOTE: Private Tour

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Budget Accommodations: Hotel Deja Vu
Mid-Range Accommodations: Villa Laguna
Luxury Accommodations: Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Day 7: Scuba Diving (Diving) (BL)

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You will go by boat for 2 dives around Santa Cruz. The sites will be confirmed with your booking according to availability and also according to your experience, as some sites are more technical than others.

Typical underwater life in Galapagos includes sting rays, eagle rays, white tipped reef sharks, black tipped reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, sea lions, Pacific green turtles, garden eels, and a large variety of tropical fish. Example of dive sites: Seymour, Floreana, Bartolome, Gordon Rocks.

NOTE: These tours are shared max 10 divers on board.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Budget Accommodations: Hotel Deja Vu
Mid-Range Accommodations: Villa Laguna
Luxury Accommodations: Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Day 8: Transfer to Baltra Airport for flight to Quito or Guayaquil (B)

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The time until the airport transport is at your leisure. You can visit the Charles Darwin Station (free entrance) or do some souvenir shopping.

Your driver will accompany you for the transfer to the Baltra Airport. The transfer includes private vehicle across the island to the dock for Baltra Island (40-60 minutes), taking a boat across the Itabaca Channel, and the public bus to the Baltra airport (5 minutes). Your driver will accompany you until the check-in where your program ends with your return flight to the mainland.

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

8-Day Galapagos Island Hopping with Diving
from $3495 USD
*** Contact Us for other itinerary and lodging options! ***

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Boat transfers
  • Bi-lingual Galapagos naturalist guide
  • Isabela tax
  • Snorkel equipment and wetsuit (short 2.5mm) during excursions
  • 2 Days SCUBA diving with gear
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Tips for guides ($5-10/person/day)
  • Dinners
  • Flights to the Galapagos ($500-600/person round-trip estimate)
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100/person)
  • INGALA Migration card ($20/person)
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • 10% discount for children 11 years old and under
  • Single room surcharge (20% for budget and mid-range accommodations, 40% for luxury)
  • Christmas/New Years holiday supplement 15% (estimate)

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