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Galapagos Dive and Adventure
Do you desire the freedom of a private dive charter with expert dive guides, the adventure of customized nature treks with trained naturalists, and the serenity of resting your body in comfortable lodge style accommodations every night? Then, the Galapagos Dive and Adventure trip is just for you! It’s not just all about diving, either, so bring your non-diving companions along and be prepared to be amazed by the eco-diversity of topside Galapagos Treks, and shallow water snorkeling.
Now you have the opportunity to tour the Galapagos in escorted style. Allow yourself to be whisked away with 5 other intrepid divers as you experience, as did Darwin, the astounding abundance of the Galapagos. Red Mangrove will transport you to the islands of Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabela via their eco speed boat, touring amazing sites that not even liveaboards get to see. Due to this fact, you are often the only divers there! Shh!
What can you fortunate few divers expect to see?
Hammerheads, Galapagos Sharks, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Silky Sharks… Maybe Whale Sharks!
Manta Rays, Marbled Rays, Diamond Sting Rays, Spotted Eagle Rays, Golden Cowrays.
Garden Eels, Various Moray Eels, Tiger Snake Eels.
Dolphins in schools of 20-200
Walls of salemas, schools of: Barracuda, Yellow-tailed Sargeant Fish, King Angelfish, Grunts, Tuna, Creolefish, Snappers, Numerous Wrasse and Parrotfish, Mexican Hogfish, Scorpion Fish, Red-Lipped Batfish, Flounder, Long-nosed Hawkfish, Cornetfish, Blennies.
Sea Horses, Nudibranchs, Sea Stars, Sea Cucumbers, Lobster.
Sea Lions, Penguins, Turtles and more…To name a Few!
If or when you are not diving, experience these eco-adventures:
Horseback riding up the 2nd largest caldera in the world!
Visit the reknown Galapagos Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat.
Trek through lava fields.
Snorkel clear inlet waters, filled with an abundance of aquatic life.
Visit tropical gardens.
Relax, Enjoy, Explore!
Did you remember to bring your camera? There is so much to capture and keep for a lifetime.
For important information on scuba diving in the Galapagos, click here.
GALAPAGOS DIVE AND ADVENTURE ITINERARY
8 Days/7 Nights Galapagos Dive and Adventure
Includes 7 nights accommodations at the Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges, roundtrip transfers from/between Baltra Airport and all islands, welcome drink, Jacuzzi at Aventura Lodge, private terrace and social areas, all meals on fixed menu basis, 5 days of diving with all equipment (except dive computers), wireless internet access in rooms (weather permitting and not in Floreana), Eco Excursions with English speaking naturalist guides, use of available bikes and all taxes.
DAY 1: QUITO/GUAYAQUIL - SANTA CRU
Arrive Baltra Airport
Ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island (10 min-ride)
Check-in at Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge
Dive in Academy Bay among friendly Sting Rays, baby Reef Sharks and schools of vibrant, tropical fish
Box Lunch on the boat
Local delicacy dinner included
DAY 2: SANTA CRUZ - FLOREANA
Eat Breakfast at 6:30am, before being taken to where you will make two dives at one of the following three dive sites.
North Seymour where you will dive with Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Hammerheads, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Shark, Stingrays, Marbled Rays, Tiger Snake Eels, Moray Eels, Garden Eels, Sea Stars, Sea Turtles, Jacks, Blue and Gold Snappers, Flag Cabrilla, Creolefish, King Angelfish, Barracuda, Heiroglyphic Hawkfish, Frogfish, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Spotfin Burrfish, Scorpionfish, Cardinalfish, Nudibranch and more.
Mosqueras where you will see Sea Lions, Eagle Rays, Hammerheads, White-Tipped Reef Shark, Mantas, Garden Eels, Snake Eels, Bonitos, Jack, Mackerel, Threebanded Butterflyfish, Sea Turtles, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Yellow and Blue Striped Snappers, King Angelfish, Parrotfish, Yellowtail Grunt, Peruvian Grunt, Cardinalfish, Galapagos Grunt, Sea Stars and more.
Daphne Minor where you will see Sea Turtles, Hammerheads, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Silky Sharks, Golden Cowrays, Eagle Rays, Galapagos Grunts, Yellowtail Grunts, Creolefish, King Angelfish, Galapagos Ringtail Damselfish, Chamelion Wrasse, Rainbow Wrasse, Barracuda, Streamer Hogfish, Tuna, Parrotfish, Wrasse, Razor Surgeonfish, Panamic Graysby Cabrilla, Cardinalfish, Yellowtail Snapper, Nudibranch, Octopus, Slipper Lobster and Black Coral.
Lunch is served on the boat.
2:00 PM departure for Floreana. Sailing time is 1.5 - 2 hours.
First, we will cruise a cove called "Luz del Dia" (Light of Day) where there is an abundance of penguins and sea lions on the steep, rocky shore and rays and tropical fish beneath the crystal-clear waters.
We will continue on to the main dock in Floreana. It's not unusual to have to 'shoo' sea lions sleeping on the steps we need to ascend. On the other side of the dock are black lava rocks typically full of the amazing ruby-red and turquoise colored Marine iguanas.
BBQ Dinner at the Floreana Lodge at 7:30 PM
DAY 3: FLOREANA - ISABELA
Breakfast at 6:30 AM and departure on the boat at 7:00AM for your dive sites.
Dive 1 - Enderby where you will see Eagle Rays, Stingrays, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, sometimes Hammerheads and Pilot Whales, Barracuda, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Juvenile Grunts, Creolefish, Mexican Hogfish, Sea Cucumbers, Blue and Gold Snappers and more.
Dive 2: Champion where you will see Sea lions galore, Sea Turtles, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Longnosed Hawkfish, Sea Stars, Scorpionfish, Mexican hogfish in various growth stages, King Angelfish, Spinster Wrasse, Guinearfowl Puffer in its bright yellow phase, Flag Cabrilla, Red Lipped Batfish, Barracuda, Black striped Salemas, Panamic horse conch, Green Morays, Pacific Seahorse, Blue Lobster, Octopus and more.
Departure at 12:00 PM for Isabela. Sailing time is 1.5 - 2 hours. Box lunch served on boat.
MID-AFTERNOON: Weather and tides permitted, we approach Isabela by sea, on the way we pass by Isla Tortuga, full of frigates, blue-footed boobies and other birds that live by the sea.
Arriving in the port is a visual feast with stunning green and turquoise waters so clear, you can see turtles, sea lions and penguins as if you were looking through glass.
Check in Mangrove Lodge
3:30 PM departure to Las Tintoreras and Bay Tour.
After lunch, we take an intriguing walk through a jagged 'AA' lava field, passing abundant colonies of marine iguanas, to see a small canal full of resting white-tipped reef sharks…if the tide is low, they are sometimes a mere 2 feet below the surface.
The black, treacherous lava field, the emerald green sea, the forest green mangrove and the cloud capped volcanoes of Isla Isabela is the sort of afternoon backdrop you may remember for the rest of your life!
Once you return to the dock, you can snorkel this warm, shallow bay in the presence of gentle white-tipped reef sharks, sea lions, penguins and, of course, the mystery of the mangrove below the surface.
Dinner in the Lodge at 7:00 PM
DAY 4: ISABELA
Breakfast. Depart for one of the following at 7:30AM.
Isla Tortuga: Mantas, Stingrays, Sea Turtles, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Hammerheads, King Angelfish, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Barberfish, Blue-Chin Parrotfish, Bumphead Parrotfish, Galapagos Groupers, Galapagos Sheephead, Harlequin Wrasse, Grey Grunts, Tuna, Barracuda, Corals, Tubes and more. Possibility of Sunfish and Orcas.
Los Tunnels (snorkel only) which is a series of sunken black volcanic lava formations where you can find a colony of Galapagos Penguins playing in the water all around you while you snorkel and you will see white-tipped sharks resting in the lava canal. You will snorkel or swim in the amazing habitat of these marine animals, in a virtual aquarium of colorful fish, as well as sea lions, sea turtles, lobsters, and a great variety of birds. Nearby hundreds of marine iguanas are seen lounging on the volcanic rocks and feeding underwater, as Los Tuneles is one of their largest breeding sites.
After returning from a great day of diving or snorkeling, we will have a late lunch around 2:30 pm.at Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge.
After lunch we will visit Cuevas de Sucre. Set in a forest the Park says is now completely endemic plants. Inside, the tunnels ceilings look like you're walking through a gold mine.
Next visit will be the Mango mirador, where on a clear day you'll have a wonderful view of the entire southern part of Isabela Island, its nearby islands and even other islands like Floreana and Santa Cruz.
Around 4:30 pm. Back to Isabela Lodge, many prefer to laze on the beautiful beach or take photos of the marine iguanas. Also, nearby is a beautiful walk through the mangrove that leads to an area known as Concha de Perla where there is a sea turtle 'cleaning station' great to snorkel and see these creatures at an arms length away.
Dinner in the Lodge at 7:00 PM.
DAY 5: ISABELA - SANTA CRUZ
Breakfast. Depart for one of the following at 7:30AM
Dive 1: 4 Hermanos: Where you will see Manta Rays, Sea Horses, Lobster, Nudibranch, Sea Cucumber, Octopus, Sea Horse, White-Tipped Reef Shark, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Peruvian Surgeonfish, Wrasse, Sea Turtles, Tuna, Panamic Horse Conch, Tiger Snake Eel, Sea Stars and so much more.
Dive 2: La Viuda: Where you will see Galapagos Grunts, Parrotfish, Creole, Puffers, Bacalao, Snappers, Sea horse, Turtles, Panamic Soldierfish, Wrasse, Stingrays, Marbled Rays, Galapagos Blenny, Panamic Fanged Blenny, Trumpetfish, Cornetfish, Moray eels, Barberfish, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Moorish Idol, Sea Stars and so very, very much more.
Lunch is served on the boat.
Arrival in Puerto Ayora and check in to Aventura Lodge around 2:30 / 3:00 PM.
Depart at 3:30 PM for a guided tour of the fascinating Charles Darwin Research Station. Afterward, there will be some free time to shop along Charles Darwin Avenue.
Dinner at 7:00 PM at the Aventura Lodge.
DAY 6: SANTA CRUZ - SAN CRISTOBAL
At 11:30 we visit La Loberia, home to a large sea lion colony and nursery during low tide when it is best to see the mother's bring the pups into the tide pools for swimming lessons.
Then we will drive through a farming district to El Junco Lake. The lake itself is the caldera (collapsed cone) of an extinct volcano and is about 300 metres wide.
This lagoon lies at 700m in the center of San Cristobal and is the only large sweet water reservoir in the Galapagos archipelago. This sweet water lagoon is surrounded by fern and sedges, flowering plants growing in those higher parts around the lake. Arriving on top of the lake, you are awarded by amazing views to the lagoon and the surrounding hills as well as the far away Pacific Ocean.
Our tour continues on to La Galapaguera where you can see giant tortoises in their natural habitat.
7:30pm Return to hotel, dinner in popular local restaurant.
DAY 7: SAN CRISTOBAL
7:00 AM Breakfast.
8:30 AM departure to dive the Carauga Ship Wreck at Kicker Rock or Sleeping Lion.
Kicker Rock is one of the top photo opportunities in the Galapagos, a gigantic rock that raises 500 feet straight from the ocean. The surrounding crystal clear waters are great for scuba diving, where you will be treated to a brilliant show of colorful, tropical fish and invertebrates.
Carauga wreck is a WW1 German steamer that was scuttled by its own Captain in Nov 1918 just outside San Cristobal harbor.
Eat lunch in Puerto Grande
2:30 we depart to Lobos Island, a seasonal nesting site for a staple of the Gakapagos, the blue footed boobie.
4:00 pm we return to San Cristobal.
Arrive at hotel around 5:00 pm. Free time to walk to town for last chance at shopping.
7:30 Dinner at another popular local restaurant.
DAY 8: SAN CRISTOBAL -QUITO /GUAYAQUIL
8:30 AM Breakfast.
9:00 AM Visit the Cerro de las Tijeretas or Frigatebird Hill. Reached via a well marked walking trail, this spot is the nesting ground for a number of Frigatebird species.
At 11:00 am. Departure for airport.
Before entering the 'gate' to depart, you will pass through a line where you need to present the part of your Migratory Control card you have carefully guarded and now have handy for the Immigration officer.
*Dive sites may changed based on what is on the itinerary due to weather conditions, currents, visibility, or the captains call due to the opportunity to see something out of the ordinary. There are many equally beautiful dive sites at each island and the captain will pick what is suitable for all on board.
*The number of dives can vary due to change of weather and/or conditions or the captains to ensure the safety of everyone on board.
*The National Park of Ecuador is constantly changing the rules and regulations, the dive sites available today may not be available tomorrow so please keep in mind that your sites may change due to changes in rules and regulations that are our of our control.
*As a certified diver it is your duty to make the final call if you are ok to dive or not. You must let your captain or divemaster know if there is a problem.
*Please respect the environment, The Galapagos Islands are a treasure not only for Ecuador but for mankind. It is most important that you follow the rules of the National Park so we can preserve this treasure for future generations.
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