Diving in the Galápagos
Explore one of the best diving spots of the Galápagos
From: USD 460
This Mid-range 3-day cruise extension 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 colorful 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 nearby.
- Flights are not included
- Due to logistical challenges, we cannot include the national park and transit control card fees (the cost is 120 USD and must be paid in cash).
- 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!
Mosquera Diving Point
North Seymour Island
Let's put on your swim suit and discover the underwater treasures! Today you will enjoy a diving trip, departing early morning, around 7 am, for a 1.5 to 2h boat ride from Puerto Ayora, depending on the sea conditions and diving site. We begin the day with a quick meeting at the office. 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 Punta Cormorant & Islote Enderby offer the most interesting topography with rocky outcrops, small caves and a sandy bottom, which is 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 will 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
- All tours are group tours and not private excursions. Tours in Galápagos and in mainland Ecuador are subject to space and availability. Itineraries may change due to weather conditions, operational or logistical matters.
- A basic PADI certification (minimum of 4 dives) is required for all daily diving tours. Exception for Gordon Rocks (minimum of 25 dives). Please note that a refresher (extra cost) may be required depending on the date of your last dive and your previous experience. This can be done on site before you start.
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 mainland Ecuador or to the port to start your cruise.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: Private Taxi (0:30h)