Galapagos Deep Blue Dive

Day 1 Mon Quito or Guayaquil - San Cristobal - Isla Lobos (L,D)

Fly from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal Island where you are met on arrival and transferred to the “Deep Blue Dive Boat”. Sail to Isla Lobos
Isla Lobos is name after the sea lions (“lobos marinos” in Spanish), which populate this small flat island, 10 km north of San Cristobal. The name certainly suits the island, for the sea lions are abundant and of all ages.
In Lobos Island we’ll perform the equipment check dive; here among your dive buddies you’ll find sea lions, marine iguanas, turtles and sting rays. As exciting as this first dive is, it is just a small preview of what you may encounter in your next dives, because, in Sinatra’s immortal words, “the best is yet to come”.

Day 2 Punta Carrion (B,L,D)

Near to the eastern mouth of the Itabaca Channel between Baltra Island and Santa Cruz is the Galapagos dive site known as Punta Carrion. This site is often dived prior to the big steam north to Darwin and Wolf and so may represent your first real dive after your check out dive.

This may be your introduction to some features of Galapagos diving such as rocky slopes where the boulder strewn reef is only occasionally interspersed with sandy patches. You will also see some almost ever-present creatures such as sea lions, creole fish and blue striped sea slugs.

After meeting at around 8m depth, you will proceed on this dive where there is little to be gained from diving deep. You can stay between 12 and 18m and vary between the wall and the blue. There is a strong chance of seeing Mobula rays cruising past, sometimes alone, sometimes in small schools.

White tip reef sharks are also commonly sighted here and if you are lucky you may see some Galapagos sharks and hammerheads, 2 sights with which you will become increasingly familiar on your Galapagos diving cruise.

Days 3 - 4 Wed & Thurs Darwin Island (B,L,D)

Considered by many the best place to dive in the world, Darwin Island (formerly known as Culpepper Island) marks the end of the archipelago to the North West. The island is barely over 1 km² in size and 168 meters at its highest point.

Here you’ll have the unique opportunity of swimming with dolphins, eagle rays, spotted morays, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, pilot whales, melon-headed whales and the enormous whale sharks.

Also in the amazing dive site you may encounter blue-spotted jacks, scorpion fish, rainbow runners, hogfish, big eye jacks, sailfish, trumpet fish, parrotfish and many other different species of marine life. Darwin Island is really a diver’s dream come true.

There is no dry access to the island for it emerges vertically, but from the Yacht you’ll be able to spot the endemic Darwin Mockingbird, sea lions, penguins, red footed boobies and masked boobies.

 Another famous attraction of this island is the Darwin’s Arch, an impressive arch-like stone formation emerging in the middle of the ocean.

Day 5 Fri Wolf Island (B,L,D)

Wolf Island, along with its sister Darwin Island, is considered the best diving destination of the world.

This small island located more than 100 km to the northwest of the main Galapagos island chain. It takes around 14 hours to get there, but it is more than worth it.

Here you’ll have it all: schools of hundreds of hammerhead sharks, sea lions, manta rays, turtles, iguanas, Amberjacks, Trumpet Fish, Hogfish, Butterfly Fish, eel, dolphins and, with some luck, whale sharks.

Wolf Island is also prolific in corals and reef life, with more than 8 species of corals, and the greatest diversity of tropical fish of the island. Some of Wolf Island incredible dive sites are Shark Bay, The Landslide, La Banana and Islote La Ventana.

But Wolf is also a great experience above water, for it is the home of literally hundreds of thousands of seabirds such as Red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies (also known as masked boobies), frigates, pelicans and swallow-tailed gulls.

Day 6 Sat Punta Vicente Roca (B,L,D)

Isabela is the biggest island of the archipelago, and it is shaped roughly as a seahorse. On its North Western, in what would be the “mouth” of the seahorse, is Vicente Roca’s Point. Here the remains of Volcano Ecuador form two coves with a bay protected from the ocean swells. Part of the volcano slid into the ocean, leaving a spectacular cutaway view of the volcanic caldera.

 The upwelling of Cromwell current, one very rich in nutrients, give rise to an abundance of marine life which, in combination with the protection of the coves, make Punta Vicente Roca one of Galapagos’ top diving destinations.

Seahorses, sea lions, turtles, mola-mola (sunfish), puffer fish, Marlin, Galapagos’ penguins and, with some luck, even the Galapagos’ bullhead shark. Among the smaller fishes Punta Vicente Roca offers you frogfishes, electric rays, seahorses and the red lipped batfish.

Day 7 Sun Cousins Rock - Cahrles Darwin Centre (B,L,D)

Cousin's Rock is located off the east coast of Santiago (north of Bartolome). It rises barely 10 meters out of the water, to the south lies a big rock separated from the island by a narrow channel. The combination of coral covered rocks sheltering a variety of smaller creatures, a huge variety of tropical fishes and the presence of large animals make Cousin’s Rock one of the favourite sites in Galapagos.

Black corals, small hard corals, sea fans, hydroid bushes and red sponges grow in every direction, and because of the many ledges on the wall small fauna populates this site. Among your small companions you’ll find hawkfish, nudibranchs, Galapagos seahorses, Octopuses, and even frogfishes. Among the larger exemplars you’ll see Mobula rays, mantas and sharks (white tipped reef and hammerheads), sea lions and large groups of spotted eagle rays.

This afternoon visit the breeding centre “Fausto Llerena” which is responsible for the reinsertion of over 2000 Galapagos in the archipelago, and is currently raising 400 more. A wooden walking platform guides you through its several stations; from it you can observe the turtles from La Española and even Lonesome George, the only surviving specimen of Pinta Tortoise.

The Interpretation Centre of San Cristobal allows the visitor to better understand the history of Galapagos from natural, conservational and humane perspective.

The “Natural History” wing explains the volcanic origins of the islands, the marine currents surrounding the archipelago, its weather and the settling of several species, among other things. The “Human History” wing narrates the most significant historic events of the discovery and colonization of Galapagos. There’s also an area dedicated to Galapagos present challenges and the people coping with them.

The Interpretation Centre also offers an outdoor theatre, a ship scale models exhibition, a 3D map of the archipelago, and a projection room where documentaries about Galapagos are regularly shown. Also it is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and walking trails.

Transfer to the airport and return by air to Guayaquil or Quito

NB Above itinerary is a guide only and subject to change

Dates & Prices

Departures:   Mondays

Prices Per Person USD

Jan - May

Lower Deck         $3995

Upper Deck         $4095

June - Dec

Lower Deck         $4345

Upper Deck         $4545

Inlcusions:

All meals & snacks, soft drinks + local beers, airport transfers in Galapagos, full dive program of 2-3 dives per day, tanks, weights + services of crew and guides. Per Galapagos National Park regulations, these cruises combine diving with some land trips per scheduled itinerary.

Exclusions:

Hyperbaric fee $35 per person, optional Nitrox $150 per person. Galapagos National Park fee currently @ $100 pp, Immigration card @ $10 pp. 

Flights Quito - Galapagos Return from $475 per person or from Guayaquil from $445 per person.