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 Galapagos National Park’s Islands. 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 a Premium 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 Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard any of our expedition vessels

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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Santa Cruz II - Galapagos Islands
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La Pinta - Galapagos Islands
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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

Galapagos Islands:

  • Unique endemic species
  • Wonderful uninhabited islands in the National Park
  • Multi-guided expeditions
  • Small groups per guide
  • Greatest Expedition Vessels in the Galapagos Islands

and…

The following aboard Yacht La Pinta*:

  • Accommodation in a Luxury double cabin (ask your Destination Expert for upgrade options)
  • All meals (We cater for all diets: vegetarian, vegan, celiac, gluten-free, etc.)
  • FREE unlimited soft drinks package
  • Island sightseeing with a Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling
  • FREE wetsuits
  • Glass-bottom Boat
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboards
  • Onboard Medical Officer

*Please note that this is a sample vessel and itinerary.
Ask your Destination Expert about our fleet and our 5-day itineraries!

The Best of Mashpi rainforest and Galapagos

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 your 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 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 separate 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

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Please note that the following Northern Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard Yacht La Pinta is one of the many options you can choose for your Galapagos adventure. Ask our Destination Experts about our fleet and available itineraries.

On this morning, you’ll take your transfer to the airport (Baltra Island), where you’ll meet the rest of the guests that will board Yacht La Pinta with you.

Afterwards, you will board a private bus that will take you, along with other guests, up into the highlands, where we will all have the opportunity to learn about Santa Cruz Island’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)

After lunch, we will continue by private bus to reach a reserve that is one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot lumbering around, eating grass and sometimes even wallowing in the small pools. There are several lava tunnels in the reserve, too. After this, a short, private bus ride will take us down to the town of Puerto Ayora to board Yacht La Pinta.

Day 6: Santa Cruz Island / Chinese Hat Islet

Sombrero Chino Islet in Galapagos Islands

Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island)

Following breakfast, a panga ride will take us down to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, where they can observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel or ride aboard La Pinta’s own glass-bottom boat, weather permitting. The volcanic setting of this area is quite stunning due to its variety of volcanic debris, complete with cinder cones, tuff cones, and semi-eroded lava flows.

Sombrero Chino Islet

The tiny island of Sombrero Chino gets its name from its appearance, which is reminiscent of a Chinese Hat. This islet, which formed fairly recently, makes for a beautiful visit as one explores the wildlife along its 400-meter long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped white sand beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities in the company of whitetip reef sharks and Galapagos penguins.

Day 7: Bartolome & Santiago Islands

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Bartolome Island

On this morning, an iconic and postcard-worthy Galapagos feature awaits: Bartolome Island. We will disembark from our dinghy shuttle boats and begin a steep climb up a wooden staircase where the view from the top makes the trek well worth the effort! Following the walk, we will once again hop aboard the dinghies for a ride around the colossal Pinnacle Rock. After this, there will be time for you guests to enjoy the beach as well as some snorkeling. You can also choose to ride aboard the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.

Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)

After lunch, we will board the dinghy to disembark at Sullivan Bay over on the east coast of Santiago Island. This visitor site comes complete with a white coral-sand beach, which is great for swimming and snorkeling. Additionally, there’s a trail that goes over a lava field that once flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos while observing its wildlife.

Day 8: Genovesa Island

Darwin Bay at Genovesa Island

Darwin Bay

In the morning, we will begin our exploration of this island with a casual stroll to observe marine and land birds. There is an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain that rewards us with dramatic views, too. Otherwise, you can simply choose to return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkeling at this beautiful, natural harbor. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can opt to snorkel along the cliffs or paddle in sea kayaks.

Prince Philip’s Steps

The afternoon starts with a very interesting dinghy ride along the cliffs before we disembark at Prince Philip’s Steps – the start of a steep but short climb up a wooden staircase. Once at the top, the terrain is pretty flat, which allows for a mesmerizing, mile-long walk to the other side of this small island. Along the way, guests will get to check out large colonies of Nazca boobies, frigatebirds and storm petrels as well as the elusive short-eared owl.

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 your hotel in Guayaquil.

Day 10: Transfer to Airport / Farewell!

Malecon 2000 in Guayaquil

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.
  • Published rates don’t apply on Christmas & New Year’s departures.
  • Listed prices are based on double occupancy. For child rates and single supplements please contact your destination expert.
  • This package and its accommodation options are subject to availability.
  • A minimal deposit of 15% per person is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees.
  • Breakfasts and taxes are included for Guayaquil Hotel.
  • Galapagos Itineraries and SCUBA Diving Sites are subject to change due to weather, logistical, operational reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park restrictions (temporary or otherwise).
  • 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 (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
  • Fuel Surcharge*

 

*ETICA Empresa Turistica Internacional C.A. reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the closing price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel increase above $70 per barrel on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index). In the event a fuel supplement is charged, ETICA Empresa Turistica Internacional C.A. will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge to both existing and new bookings, regardless of whether such bookings have been paid in full. Such supplementary charges are not included in the cruise fare. The fuel supplement charge will not exceed $25.00 per passenger per day.

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