Individual Galapagos Itinerary


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The following itinerary is an example how your itinerary could look like.

 

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Galapagos Shark Diving - Individual Itinerary

Tuesday

Morning: Santa Cruz - Baltra Airport

Afternoon: Santa Cruz - Baltra Island (1 check dive)

Wednesday

Morning: Navigation to Darwin's Arch

Afternoon: Wolf Island (1 dive)

Thursday

Morning: Darwin's Arch (2 dives)

Afternoon: Darwin's Arch (2 dives)

Friday

Morning: Darwin's Arch (2 dives)

Afternoon: Darwin's Arch (2 dives)

Saturday

Morning: Darwin's Arch (2 dives)

Afternoon: Darwin's Arch (2 dives)

Sunday

Morning: Darwin's Arch (2 dives)

Afternoon: Darwin's Arch (1 dive)

Monday

Morning: Navigation to Santa Cruz

Afternoon: Santa Cruz - Highlands with giant tortoises (land excursion)

Tuesday

Early Morning: Baltra Airport depart or continue with land extension

 



Galapagos Shark Diving - Sea lion at surface

Day 1 - TUESDAY: BALTRA ISLAND -Arrival  & Check Dive

AM - Baltra Island

Guests fly to the Galapagos Islands from mainland Ecuador, arriving in the late morning. The GSD dive masters and yacht dive master/naturalist guide will be waiting at the airport on Baltra Island. Once the group has collected their luggage and cleared the National Park immigrations we will  board the Yacht which will be anchored in the port 10 minutes travel by bus. After everyone has settled in their cabins the guides will give a briefing on ship life, national park rules and diving safety, whilst the galley crew prepare the dining room for a delicious buffet lunch.

 

PM - Baltra Island (Check dive, equipment and weights)

After a briefing on the dive platform all equipment should be set up in readiness for the test dive. This will be at a nearby anchorage in calm shallow waters. Maximum depth of 12m. Although plentiful fish and usually sea lions and other species are to be seen, the objective is to check  weight and equipment for the following days.

 

 

Galapagos Shark Diving - Big school of hammerhead sharks while diving in Galapagos

Day 2 - Wednesday: Navigation & Wolf Island

AM - Navigation to Darwin Island

After our check dive on the first day we start immediately the navigation to Darwin Island, the very north of the Galapagos Islands. Depending on the wind and current situation the navigation will take us between 24 - 26 hours.  

 

PM - Wolf Island (1 dive)

We plan to arrive in Wolf Island in the afternoon - just in time to do a afternoon dive in Wolf Island.

The powerful marine currents around Wolf are part of the reason we see so many sharks. Schooling hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, Black tip and Silky sharks are the usual protagonists. Dolphins are often present as we end our dives with a drift in the blue. Two turtle species, the Green and Hawksbill are frequently sighted along the rocky walls and slopes of this island. Eagle rays and large schools of fish, snappers, grouper and jacks patrol the drop-off.

 

Today depending on the dive conditions we will offer you a night dive.

Close encounter with a hammerhead shark while diving in Galapagos, © Galapagos Shark Diving

 

 

The island is home to vast numbers of sea birds, Red footed and Nazca Boobies, frigate birds, the endemic Swallow – tailed gull and the elegant Red – billed tropicbird. Finches and doves are often spotted hoping amongst the rocks. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Galapagos Shark Diving - Galapagos shark in Darwin's Arch

Day 3 - 6 - Thursday to Sunday:  DARWIN's Arch 

AM & PM - Darwin's Arch (3 - 4 dives per day)

We will spend 4 whole days up in Darwin Island, far in the north of the Galapagos Islands. Darwin's Arch is the most famous and most impressive dive spot of the Galapagos. Per day we will offer 3 - 4 dives. All dives are at the same site, the world renowned Darwin Arch. We drop on to a rocky ledge and from a protected position watch the marine life swim by. Hammerhead and Galapagos sharks, Black tips and Silkies. Marine turtles abound and Bottlenose dolphins often pass by overhead.

 


Galapagos Shark Diving - group of divers with a big adult whale shark swimming over their heads

 

 

This is also the realm of the biggest shark of them all, the Whale shark. Frequenting the Islands between June – December over 95% of all sightings occur here at the Arch. Of these a staggering 99% are female and in an apparent state of advanced pregnancy. Is it a place where whale sharks give births? Why they come to this rocky volcanic outcrop remains a mystery and one that the Galapagos Whale Shark Project team is trying to solve. 

Giant tortoise in the Galapagos Island opening its mouth

Day 7 - MONDAY: Navigation / Santa Cruz

 

AM - Navigation to Santa Cruz

After our last dive in Darwin's Arch we will start navigating back to Santa Cruz Island. Depending on the wind and currents situation the navigation will take us around 26 hours.  

 

PM - Santa Cruz

Depending on the time we arrive we will offer you visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz to see Giant tortoises in the wild. On our visit we also will make a stop at a lava tunnel and often mistaken for volcanic craters, Los Gemelos – or “The Twins” in English – are actually sinkholes.

Galapagos Shark Diving - Diver in an close encounter with a silky shark while diving in the Galapagos

Day 8 - TUESDAY: BALTRA AIRPORT

AM - Santa Cruz

Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we will take the airport shuttle. Your guide will accompany you to the check-in counters in the departure hall. 

This is certainly one adventure that will change your lives and you will remember forever... until you return perhaps?