Dive The Galapagos
|2 Islas: Humboldt-Master|
The following 2 island extension is created to seamlessly work in conjunction with a dive cruise on the Humboldt Explorer, which departs on Monday. PLEASE NOTE: This extension option is only offered to Dive The Galapagos liveaboard clients.
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Rather than sleep on-board for your final night, it is best to disembark on the final day of your cruise in order to have a full day of activities on Day 2. Most of you will dive in the morning, visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz and come into Puerto Ayora in the afternoon for a visit to the Darwin Station. After your in-town farewell dinner with your dive cruise mates, you will overnight in a Santa Cruz hotel.
Today is an early departure to yet another amazing Galapagos site. Depending on availability, you will either visit Bartolome or Santa Fe. Expect a late return to Puerto Ayora.
Bartolome is an iconic Galapagos visitor's site and perhaps the most photographed of all sites. The island's best known feature is the remains of a tuff cone called Pinnacle Rock. Snorkeling opportunities with penguins, sea lions and sea turtles. Panga rides provide magnificant views of lava fields and geological formations as well as the ever-popular penguin sightings. The trek up the Summit Trail leads to some of the most panaramic views possible in the Galapagos.
Santa Fe is an island 9 miles south of Santa Cruz. A number of endemic species live there including the Galapagos hawk, the Galapagos snake and land iguanas. Landing is in a stunning protected, shallow bay with crystal clear water, home ot many sea lions. After disembarking and enjoying the wildlife on the trail, you will have the opportunity to snorkel with playful sea lions in that beautiful protected water.
Dinner and overnight Santa Cruz.
AM: Free Morning. Having just been whisked through Puerto Ayora, whatever you didn't have time to do/buy/see, this is the morning to do it. Perhaps what you really want to do is sleep or just have a relaxing morning after all those early AM dives and before the next phase of your adventure.
PM: You will transfer by speed boat to Isla Isabela, transfer to your hotel with a bit of time to relax on the beach or wander around this charming village before dinner. Overnight Isabela.
AM: After breakfast, you'll be transported up to Sierra Negra to begin your Volcano Trek around the edge of the world's second largest caldera of an active volcano. You will also have the option to trek over to Volcan Chico, which most agree offers magnificent views in an other-wordly moonscape. Feel the heat of lava beneath your feet or carefully pass your hand over a fumerole to feel the heat of the steam from activity below the earth. What an experience to trek an active volcano!
PM: The Isabela Breeding Center is a fascinating place where you can see many tortoises of all sizes and shapes as well as learn more about their life spans. Afterwards, walk 1 kilometer back into town on a wooden walkway above Isabela wetlands with shorebirds and marine iguanas.
Overnight in Isabela.
Los Tuneles is, simply put, one of the most magical spots in the whole of the Galapagos. It is a labyrinth of submerged lava tunnels inside the breakers, so the water is not just completely calm, but swimming- pool clear. There are large schools of fish, Sea Turtles, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Lobster, Sea Lions, Eagle Rays, Marine Iguanas and Galapagos Penguins. Los Tuneles also has a 'turtle highway', a route turtles take between the mangrove and the sea that means you often literally watch them passing each other in two lanes, as though on a highway. Blue Footed Boobies nest in Los Tuneles. The backdrop is an incredible land-before-time vista with two active volcanoes looming above, Volcan Sierra (last erupted in 2005) and Cerro Azul (last erupted in May 2008).
We will then move along the coast to find seahorses in water a mere foot deep. Sea turtles here are often 5+ feet. Lunch will be aboard in a tranquil, mangrove lined bay. Los Tuneles is an amazing place you will never forget.Time and conditions permitting, we next venture north to another spectacular spot called El Finado. This is a bay chocked full of man-sized turtles. It is truly a visual that helps it sink in that the Galapagos has one of the most prolific populations of sea turtles on the planet! Also, we can usually find the giant Pacific Seahorse wrapped around mangrove roots in water that is only a foot or two deep...often viewed with a turtle sleeping below.
Dinner and Overnight in Isabela.
You will have an early morning transfer via speed boat to Santa Cruz. You check into your hotel and have lunch. In the early afternoon, you will visit Tortuga Bay. If you are in a group, this will be by boat. If you are on your own, you will hike to Tortuga Bay.
Tortuga Bay is a double-crescent powdery white sand beach. One side has calm, lake-like turquoise water, but the larger beach has strong and sometimes dangerous currents. Entering the bay, you may see Sea Turtles, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays and Sting Rays. Pelicans, Blue-Footed Boobies are often spotted in the red mangroves along the shore and/or black lava rocks lining the bay’s side. The mangroves provide a nesting area for the Great Blue Heron. On shore, land birds include Darwin’s Finches and Galapagos Mockingbirds. (Note: Whether Darwin took notes on finches or mockingbirds is a debate today.)
You will take a walk along the shore where large marine iguana colonies sun and sneeze the salt out after returning from sea. The walk follows a trail by the sea on the edge of an Opuntia Cactus forest. Crimson Sesuvium covers the ground much of the year. It is a stunning array of colors -blue skies, black volcanic rock, white sand, emerald green or deep blue sea, crimson or yellow sesuvium and green and brown shades of opuntia or mangrove. Keep an eye on the path so you don’t step on a marine iguana as they are very abundant in this area.
Dinner and Overnight in Santa Cruz.
Departure. You transfer by taxi to Baltra for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.
Santa Cruz: Pelikan Bay Hotel and Galapagos Suites. Isabela: Iguana Crossing, Casa Sol, Casa de Marita and our economical option, Rincon de George.
GROUPS ALL INCLUSIVE RATE:
Our Extension group rate (6 or more) is $2295 pp in a standard+ hotel / $2095 pp in an economical hotel. Rate includes: Accommodations, all inter-island transfers by speedboat, airport transfer to Baltra (approximately 50 kilometers), all tours, all meals and 24/7 assistance on your tour.
Rates do not include: Personal Expenses (laundry, alcohol, etc) and gratuities
Our Individual traveler price is $1895 pp in a standard+ hotel / $1695 in an economical hotel. Rate is based on double occupancy and includes: Accommodations, all inter-island transfers by speedboat, airport transfer from Baltra (approximately 50 kilometers), all tours, breakfast and 24/7 access to assistance on Isabela.
Rates do not include: Lunch (except lunch Sierra Negra & Land Visit in Santa Cruz), Dinner, Isabela dock tax ($5 pp), Personal Expenses (laundry, alcohol, etc) and gratuities.
Neither rate includes: Flights to Galapagos, National Park Entry fee, Visitor Control card.
Get in touch with us to discuss our programs, our availabilities or to allow us to answer any and all questions you might have about visiting Isla Isabela or diving the Galapagos.