Overview

The Galapagos Islands rank as one of the world’s top dive sites, famous for its incredible underwater wonders, and huge quantities of marine life. This package offers a full-day SCUBA diving tour for guests that wish to experience the impressive diving in Galapagos, all in a safe and fun environment.

This 10-day program includes some of the most memorable dive sites within the central region of the archipelago, as well as a further exploration of the western region of the Galapagos aboard the Santa Cruz II. Additionally, Guayaquil city on the mainland will serve as the perfect beginning and end to this once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Ecuador and the Galapagos.

What you get

  • Airport Transfers
  • 3 nights at the Wyndham Hotel in Guayaquil
  • Half-day Guayaquil City Tour
  • Roundtrip Domestic Airfare (Guayaquil-Galapagos-Guayaquil)
  • Full-day SCUBA Diving Tour
  • 2 nights at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
  • 5-day Western Galapagos Islands Cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II

A Sneak Peek

 

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Half-day Guayaquil City Tour
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Full-day SCUBA Diving Tour
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Western Galapagos Islands - Fernandina Island
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Wyndham Hotel in Guayaquil - Deluxe twin
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Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel - Pool view
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Highlights

A professionally guided tour of:

Guayaquil:

  • Seminario Park (Iguana Park)
  • Malecon 2000 (Guayaquil’s Boardwalk)
  • Administration Plaza
  • Las Peñas Neighborhood
  • Centennial Park

Western Galapagos Islands:

  • Santa Cruz
  • Isabela
  • Fernandina
  • Santa Cruz
  • Floreana

and…

The following aboard the Santa Cruz II:

  • Accommodation in a Horizon Deck double cabin (ask your Destination Expert for upgrade options)
  • All meals (designed by a Le Cordon Blue Gastronomic Director)
  • FREE unlimited soft drinks package
  • Island sightseeing with a Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling
  • FREE wetsuits
  • Glass-bottom Boat
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboards
  • Onboard Medical Officer
  • Luggage Handling
  • Transfers on the Islands

Galapagos family vacation cruise

Day by day

Day 1: Arrive in Guayaquil / Transfer to Hotel

Malecon 2000 in Guayaquil

Welcome to Guayaquil, Ecuador! At the airport, you will be greeted by a member of our team who will assist you with your luggage and transfer to the Wyndham Hotel. During the ride, you will receive a brief introduction of Guayaquil and Ecuador along with valuable information regarding your stay in the country.

Day 2: Half-day Guayaquil City Tour

Seminario Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador

After breakfast, we’ll head out to explore the magnificent city of Guayaquil, otherwise known as the “Pearl of the Pacific.”

We’ll get to experience iguanas going about their business at the lovely Seminario Park and take strolls through the Centennial Park and Administration Plaza. Additionally, we’ll get to visit the Las Peñas Neighborhood and enjoy a walk down Guayaquil’s large and romantic Malecon 2000 Boardwalk.

Overnight at the Wyndham Hotel in Guayaquil.

Day 3: Arrive in Galapagos / Transfer to Hotel

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

On this morning, you’ll be transferred  to Guayaquil’s airport to board your flight to the Galapagos Islands!

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

Upon arriving in Galapagos, you’ll receive your airport transfer to the Hotel. Once there, you’ll get settled in, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, and enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.

Day 4: Full-day SCUBA Diving Tour

Scuba Diving in the Galapagos with White-tip Reef Sharksa

On this day, after breakfast, you’ll head out for your full-day SCUBA Diving Tour, which will include a total of two seperate dives and an included box-lunch. Diving Sites will be confirmed by your Destination Expert.

At the end of the tour, you’ll be taken back to the hotel. Overnight at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.

Please Note: A PADI Certification is required to do SCUBA Diving in the Galapagos.

Day 5: Transfer to Boat / Santa Cruz Island

American Flamingo in Dragon Hill

On this morning, you’ll take your transfer to the airport (Baltra Island), where you’ll meet the rest of the guests and board the Santa Cruz II with them. Following an onboard introductory briefing, we partake in an emergency boat drill. Afterward, receive your cabin assignment and enjoy lunch.

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)

The first stop along our journey is Cerro Dragon. The fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill) on Santa Cruz’ north shore feature a brackish-water lagoon frequented by American flamingos. Further inland, the trail offers beautiful views of the bay.

Day 6: Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Fernandina Island in the Galapagos

Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)

This destination offers us the chance to observe the enigmatic flightless cormorant! Weather permitting, snorkeling alongside the cliffs offers a chance to see rich marine life.

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)

In the afternoon, explore the archipelago’s youngest island, Fernandina. The complete absence of introduced animals is one of its biggest draws. Species such as iguanas, sea lions, Sally lightfoot crabs, hawks, penguins and flightless cormorants can be found here.

Day 7: Santa Cruz Island

Giant Tortoise in Santa Cruz Island

Puerto Ayora & the Charles Darwin Research Station

In the morning, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, which consists of a giant tortoise Breeding Center and prickly-pear cactus forest, home to many land birds. Following this visit, you’ll take a private transport to the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island where you’ll stop off at a restaurant and enjoy lunch in an entirely different ecosystem.

Highlands

Several options are discussed with your Expedition Leader in advance of the afternoon’s activities. Afterward, guests will return to Puerto Ayora and hop aboard the Santa Cruz II

Day 8: Floreana Island / Champion Islet

Floreana Island, Cormorant Point in the Galapagos

Baroness Tower + Post Office Bay

After breakfast, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful views from the lookout at Baroness Cove. Following this activity, you’ll disembark at Post Office Bay and visit the historic Post Office Barrell, which has served as a correspondence center in the archipelago for over two centuries!

Champion Islet + Cormorant Point

After lunch, you’re invited to snorkel or ride along on the glass-bottom boat to explore the wonders of Champion Islet. This extinct shield volcano is considered one of the best snorkeling spots in all of the archipelago. From here, we’ll head over to Cormorant Point and a wet landing on an olivine-crystal beach for a leisurely walk that includes a brackish-water lagoon where American flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and other birds tend to gather.

Day 9: Transfer to Airport / Arrive in Guayaquil / Transfer to Hotel

El Salado Boardwalk in Guayaquil

Baltra Island 

You will disembark at Baltra Island and take your transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to the city of Guayaquil.

Guayaquil

Once in Guayaquil, you’ll take your transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Wyndham Hotel in Guayaquil.

Day 10: Transfer to Airport / Farewell!

At the designated time, you will be picked up from your hotel to take your transfer to the airport. Safe travels!

Conditions

  • PADI Certification is required
  • Rates valid for 2019 except Christmas & New Year (December 23, 2019 – January 06, 2020)
  • This package and its accommodation options are subject to availability
  • $500 deposit per person is required
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees
  • Breakfasts and taxes are included for Guayaquil Hotel
  • Rates based on double occupancy, for a single quote please contact your destination expert.
  • Rates listed are for adults. Please ask your Destination Expert for rates for children under 12 years old.
  • Galapagos itineraries and SCUBA Diving Sites are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice
  • Restrictions may apply
  • Please be aware that you can combine this Package with any of our Galapagos Cruise itineraries. Our Destination Experts will customize the package based on your request and send you a quote.

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: $100 USD per person (subject to changes)
  • INGALA Transit Control Card: $20 USD per person (subject to changes)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Wi-Fi aboard the Santa Cruz II (due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connection is intermittent and low-bandwidth. The cost for accessing Wi-Fi is $40 + taxes/per device)
  • Personal expenses (late checkout, laundry, gifts, etc)
  • Meals not described in the program

Testimonial

The Perfect Balance

The crew and naturalists were top notch, the cabin was comfortable, food was excellent…

I travelled as an educator on a tour. The logistics were flawless and there was a nice balance struck between keeping people busy with exploration and activity and allowing an appreciation of the luxury of the ship. The crew and naturalists were top notch, the cabin was comfortable, food was excellent, and everything was taken care of. I really liked the scale of the cruise and the itinerary. Ramiro and the crew were superb.

fangio23 – Kingston, Canada