Ecuador is a fantastic destination that offers plenty of options for travel lovers. Galapagos is part of this amazing land, and Ecuatraveling offers a fantastic 7-day program complete with diving tours in places where manta rays, barracudas, hammerhead sharks, seahorses, and more species will regularly be spotted. After this incredible experience underwater, Ecuatraveling’s team will take you to the highest point on the island to enjoy a beautiful hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano.
7 Days Diving & Hiking In Galapagos
Arrival in Quito - Hotel in Quito: accommodation in a double room with private bathroom. Option of pick up at the airport for $35 extra. (This day is optional, otherwise your trip will start in Baltra (day 2), accommodation and transfers under request).
After our early flight from Quito to Galapagos (Baltra Airport), our transportation will take you to Puerto Ayora. In addition to getting settled in your hotel, this afternoon is free for you to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you can get plenty of information about the Galapagos Islands. The Charles Darwin Research Station is free for visitors. Before dinner, our dive master will meet you in the Hotel to organize everything related to your next two days of diving.
After breakfast, our guide will take you to Mosquera Islet, an easily accessed scuba diving site. Mosquera is located between North Seymour and Baltra. The maximum depth for this dive site is 30 m (98 ft) and currents are generally mild. This site is famous for the sea lions that come and play during the dive. Sharks, turtles, rays, barracudas and tropical fish are also common in this area.
Another wonderful day diving in Bartolome and Cousins offers fascinating underwater landscapes, amongst them the terraced steps that descend to 30 m (98 ft) before dropping down to a sandy bottom at 40 m (131 ft). The steps are covered with soft black coral, and are an excellent place to find Pacific seahorses. The overhangs from some of the steps are the favorite places of the White Tipped reef sharks, green sea turtles, large moray eels, as well as octopi. Manta rays, hammerheads, schools of barracudas, other reef fish can also be seen at these sites and off into the blue.
This day will offer some morning free time where it is recommended to spend time in Tortuga Bay. This luxurious white sand beach is a great place to see marine iguanas and have the opportunity to go kayaking along the coast. Many travelers spot Tintoreras sharks while exploring the area. In the afternoon, your transportation will pick you up from the hotel in Puerto Ayora at 12:30, and after lunch, you will take a speedboat to Isabela (2 hours). There, you will visit the Flamingo Lagoon and spend the night relaxing.
After an early breakfast, we’ll take an exciting excursion to the Sierra Negra volcano. This volcano is located 21 km (13 miles) away from Port Villamil and has the second-largest volcanic crater in the world, measuring about 9.7 km (6 miles) in diameter and 90 m (295 ft) deep. To arrive at this incredible sight, we travel in a bus or similar vehicle for 45 minutes to the Galapagos National Park, where we will register our visit and begin our hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano. We’ll then proceed to the Volcan Chico where you can feel the warmth of the ground as proof of its activity.
Here, we’ll stop for a box lunch before returning to the hotel. After a brief rest, we’ll have the chance to go snorkeling or swimming at Concha Perla where we can observe the colorful fish, sea urchins, starfish, sea lions, or even sea turtles.
An early morning speedboat will take us back to Puerto Ayora, and after a quick breakfast, you will head to the airport to catch your flight to go back to Quito.
Please note that all the accommodation is provided in Hotels, 1 night in Quito, 3 in Santa Cruz, 2 in Isabela.
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Exploring the Galapagos Islands
Diving with sharks and sea lions
Hiking the second biggest lava crater in the world
1 night in Quito in Tourist Superior Hotel
5 nights accommodation in Tourist Superior Hotel in Santa Cruz and Isabela (based in a double or triple room)
Transfer in and out to the airport in Galapagos
Two-day diving program
Local transportation, inter-island transportation
Activities in Isabela
5 breakfast, 4 lunches
What's Not Included
Round-trip flight Quito-Baltra-Quito: $525
Galapagos National Park entrance fee: $100
Transit control card: $20
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Water taxis: $4 per person
Isabela dock fee: $5