A full day diving in the Galápagos and stay at Puerto Ayora
Explore one of the most biodiverse and amazing sites of the Galápagos
This Mid-range 3-day extension of our cruise will take you from Puerto Ayora on a full day diving trip to one of the most spectacular sites in the Galápagos Islands. Get up close to the amazing life, swim amongst sea turtles, sea lions and an endless array of colourful fish!
Day 1 • Welcome to Puerto Ayora!
You will be transferred to your hotel in Puerto Ayora, where you will meet our representative, who will assist you with all queries regarding your diving trip the next day. In the late afternoon, you will stop by the dive shop for an introduction briefing and equipment trial. The rest of the day is free at your own disposal to enjoy the beach or visit the fish market which is nearby.
Notes : 1/ Flights are not included 2/ Due to logistical challenges we can't include the fees to be paid in cash, 120 USD in total (for park entrance and transit control fees). 3/ The accommodation at this hotel is guaranteed for the majority of travel dates, but may be replaced by another hotel of the same category.
Transport: Private Taxi (0:30h)
Day 2 • Let's swim among baby sea lions, green sea turtles and many more animals!
Let's put on your swim suit and discover the underwater treasures! Today you will enjoy a diving trip, departing early morning for a 1.5 to 2h boat ride from Puerto Ayora, depending on sea conditions and diving site. We begin the day by meeting at the Academy Bay Office at 6.55am departure is 7am. You will be able to embark and discover one of the unique diving sites mentioned below, and among the best spots for being immersed into the wild and spectacular fauna of the Galapagos!
Floreana: Both dive, Punta Cormorant & Islote Enderby offer the most interesting topography with rocky outcrops, small caves and sandy bottom being an excellent hiding place for many marine animals.
Santa Fe: La Cueva “The cave” is at approx 14 meters and is normally full of colorful fish and a few friendly sea lions. The platform a bit further around the coast offers a little more current and chances to see rays, turtles and hammerhead sharks.
North Seymour canal: gradual steps off the island shoreline declining 8 meters to a beautiful rock reef, before reaching the sandy bottom at 16-18m and provide opportunity to swim with white and black tip reef sharks.
North Seymour point: slightly rough entry, but once in the water it is a leisurely drift dive along the rocky wall. The small caves with White tipped reef sharks, schools of hammerhead sharks and Mobiles (Devil rays), and an excellent place to search for the well camouflaged octopus and the beautiful blue Nudibranchs.
Mosquera - north & south: sand and rock islet in the channel between North Seymour and Baltra islands, and a popular gathering place for sea lions.
Gordon rocks: an extinct volcanic crater with a sandy bottom at 32m in the middle, and a wall drop off around the outside of around 65m. The strong currents allow seeing schools of up to 50-100 hammerhead sharks! White and black tip reef sharks, green sea turtles, sea lions, sting rays, Eagle rays, large schools of barracuda and snapper also frequent the area, and the occasional majestic manta ray or Mola Mola.
Beagle rocks: named after the ship that carried Charles Darwin to Galapagos, consists of 3 rocks, the remains of a tuff cone - The dive begins on a 12 meter platform before reaching a drop-off wall that descends to more than 60 meters. Hammerheads and Galapagos sharks can often be spotted, and that’s the best site to find the Pacific Seahorse!
Daphne minor: very diverse. It is a wall dive with normally little current, and the famous spot for Manta rays!
Contact one of our agents to get more details about the adventure waiting for you! Also, when booking, please tell us how many dives you already did and when your last dive was.
You will have the chance for two immersions of max 60 minutes each and with 1h surface interval in between, where you can enjoy some snacks or snorkel if you like. Lunch would be served after the second dive and before going back to Puerto Ayora between 3 and 5pm. The tour includes all diving equipment, experienced bilingual guides (English and Spanish), snacks, lunch and drinking water. Pictures and video will be taken by the guide. You will need to bring a memory stick or SD card in the afternoon to collect the pictures
Note: All tours are group tours and not private excursions. During the activities you will meet other passengers from other tour companies which is a great chance to meet other travelers. Tours in Galápagos and in mainland Ecuador are subject to space and availability. Itineraries may change due to weather conditions, operational or logistical matters, meaning the number of excursions or specific locations are not guaranteed.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Transport: Boat (3:00h)
Day 3 • Enjoy once more the unique atmosphere of the Galápagos islands !
Today is your departure day and after breakfast, you will be transferred either to Baltra airport for your flight back to Ecuador mainland or to the port to start your cruise.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: Private Taxi (0:30h)