The M/Y Aqua Galapagos Diving Cruise can offer two types of itineraries. One, a naturalist in which you can explore the Islands as a regular Cruise or you can pick the diving itinerary to go deep in the profundities accompanied by expert divers.
The vessel likewise offers Naturalist Guides in ample comfortable cabins with great service to make your trip an unforgettable experience
➤ A unique place, rare species
Galapagos is without doubt the most spectacular pelagic diving site on the planet! It’s one of the few rare places where you can dive through hundreds of hammerhead sharks and have the chance to see a whale shark cruising along. Dive into the beautiful clear waters of the islands, and discover silky sharks, sea turtles, giant morays, schooling fish in their thousands, and much more!
➤ An exclusive experience, every day
Few people get to see what lies beneath the beautiful Galapagos Islands, and now is YOUR chance! We have created an exclusive diving itinerary to the most incredible locations all around the Archipelago. The wide variety of diving sites will ensure that you never experience the exact same marine life two times!
➤ An adventurer’s paradise
The Galapagos Islands are full of exciting moments! Adventurers from all over the world are sure to enjoy all of the unique sites found here. It’s really a journey through time- anywhere you go, you will be an eye-witness of evolution at its greatest! From incredible lava formations to the amazing animals, the mysteries this Archipelago withholds are eager for you to discover them!
This cruise has no limits- it’s ideal for families of adventurers of all ages. The wide range of activities will give everyone something to do. Kids can enjoy snorkeling along the pristine beaches of the islands, observing the colorful and unique animals, walking along with the incredible rock formations, and much more! We can’t forget about the comfortable ambiance while aboard M/Y Aqua!
Aqua Diving Platform
Dive in Darwin & Wolf!
One of the best diving spots in the world
|ACCOMMODATION||Lower deck: 3 cabins with a double size bed and a single upper bed(double or triple use)
Main Deck: 1 cabin with a double size lower bed
Upper deck: 5 cabins with a single lower and single upper bed
|ONBOARD||Dining room, bar, conference area with TV, DVD, chart games, library.|
|CREW||8 members + 1 Instructor Guide and 1 Dive Master Guide|
The Aqua Galapagos Diving Cruise can offer two types of itineraries. One, a naturalist in which you can explore the Islands as a regular Cruise or you can pick the diving itinerary to go deep in the profundities accompanied by expert divers. The vessel likewise offers Naturalist Guides in ample comfortable cabins with great service to make your trip an unforgettable experience.
GALAPAGOS CENTRAL ISLANDS
The Jewels of Galapagos
Take incredible photography of “Chinese Hat’s” unique shape!
Interact with incredible animals such as Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, and more!
Walk along the remarkable red beach on Rabida Island.
Play with sea lion pups in Mosquera.
|TUESDAY TO TUESDAY 8-DAYS B|
|TUESDAY||AM: tarts at Baltra airport (GPS).
PM: North Seymour.
|WEDNESDAY||AM: South Plaza.
PM: Santa Fe.
|THURSDAY||AM: Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz).
PM: Devil’s Crown & Cormorant Point (Floreana).
|FRIDAY||AM: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz).
PM: Chinese Hat.
|SATURDAY||AM: Cowley (Isabela).
PM: Albany Islet & Buccaneer Cove (Santiago).
|SUNDAY||AM: Egas Port (Santiago).
PM: Sullivan Bay (Santiago).
|TUESDAY||AM: Mosquera Islet.
Transfer to Baltra airport.
Day 1 – Tuesday
AM – Baltra Airport Upon arrival at Seymour Ecological Airport, a check-up is carried out first, to ensure that no foreign plant or animal species are introduced into the islands. Furthermore, your TCC (Transit Control Card) is stamped; this must be kept safe during your trip, as it has to be presented again on your return flight. In addition, entrance to the Galapagos National Park is due for entry (US $100), if this has not yet been paid. Your guide will meet you at the airport, assist you with the luggage, and accompany you on the short bus ride to the harbor of Puerto Ayora. Here you will climb aboard the M/Y Aqua! After greeting the crew and the captain, your cabins will be assigned to you and then you will enjoy your first lunch on-board.
PM – North Seymour This islet is one of the most visited sites, and it is teeming with birdlife. An easy circular path takes you through the archipelago’s most extensive colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. At the beginning of the breeding season, adult frigate bird-males blow up their vivid red pouches to impressive football-sized balloons. This is one of the few spots where you can compare the magnificent and the great frigate bird breeding next to each other.
Day 2 – Wednesday
AM – South Plazas South Plaza is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than their relatives found on other islands. There are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana; they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/grey color, with a land iguana’s crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The large population of iguanas is due to the presence of tuna, their favorite food. Swallow-tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs is seen along with other seabirds such as Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.
PM – Santa Fe Located in the south-eastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift rather than being of volcanic origin, which is why it is mostly at. There are some theories that claim that this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is home to a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. After disembarking into the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies.
Along the trail, many salt bushes can be seen as well as the giant prickly pear cactus – gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are many possibilities to snorkel with playful sea lions and tropical fish.
Day 3 – Thursday
AM – CC Fausto Llerena
After discovering and learning about the difference of Espanola Island tortoises with those from other islands, you will have the opportunity to take amazing photographs of the tortoises at the breeding center! The tour starts at the information booth of the GNP. The trail continues to the Van Straelen Interpretation Center, the breeding center, and from there will be a path- this is where you can see the
tortoises of Española Island, ending in the tortoise exhibit corral. Tortoises of this corral are accustomed to humans; it is an excellent spot to be photographed with them!
PM – Cormorant Point
The peninsula of Cormorant Point forms the extreme north cape of Floreana, which formed from smaller volcanic cones, covered by tropical dry forest (palo santo). At the landing beach, you will be welcomed by a small Galapagos sea lion colony. The green sand on this beach contains a high percentage of glassy olivine crystals that have been blown out by the surrounding tuff cones. The ‘flour sand’ beach on the southern side of the peninsula is made up of even finer white coral sand which feels very smooth on the feet. Parrotsh have pulverized it, grinding the calcareous skeletons of living coral. You can spot schools of stingrays who love the sandy bottom to hide. During the rest months of the year, Pacific green turtles come ashore to bury their eggs.
Day 4 – Friday
AM – Dragon Hill
Dragon Hill boasts two key-species which are very likely to be seen during every visit to the Galapagos, though not too commonly distributed throughout the islands: Galapagos land iguanas and American flamingos. You will climb a hill with giant opuntia cacti where these ‘dragons’ feed and breed. Although they are quite shy and elusive, you stand a fair chance of seeing the success of this project with your own eyes.
The short walk crosses the coastal vegetation zone, as well as the somewhat higher arid zone with vulnerable tropical dry forest. In the warm and wet season in the first half of the year, everything turns green. Evergreen giant prickly pear cacti with internal reservoirs used a different survival tactic in this dry climate to the leaf dropping palo santo trees; in the end, both were successful.
Moreover, this is a very photogenic spot as well, with breathtaking panoramas over the bay and towards an intriguing steep volcanic spout of red lava that overlooks the area. Dragon Hill has become popular because of its saline lagoons behind the beach; these contain algae and shrimp and attract seasonally foraging American flamingos. Dragon Hill is the best location on Santa Cruz to observe them.
PM – Chinese Hat Islet (Santiago)
Chinese Hat is a 52m/170ft high volcanic cone, forming another islet right off the rocky coast of Santiago, where a small colony of Galapagos penguins has settled. Approaching Chinese Hat from the north, you will understand the meaning of the name. This is an excellent place to learn more about volcanoes, lava bombs, and lava tunnels.
You will arrive just in time to witness how this barren islet is colonized by pioneer species that have begun to sprout! Beautiful beaches of white coral sand and holes in the eroding lava fields are filled up with lava sand, which enables
rooting. Galapagos sea lions and countless marine iguanas contribute to fertilization, and all together create many favorable options for newcomers, such as saltbush and the Vesuvius carpet.
Day 5- Saturday
AM – Cowley Islet (Isabela) This islet, located coast of Isabela, is a popular diving site due to the many incredible species located in the waters here. You will encounter a range of shark species, Galapagos sea lions, stingrays, green sea turtles, cormorants, penguins, manta rays, and more! And if you’re lucky, you can encounter sea horses!
PM – Albany Islet (Santiago) Albany Islet is an amazing sloping rock located off the Northwest Point of Santiago. This is a great site to observe tiger nudibranchs, sea turtles, Galapagos black coral, barnacles, Galapagos sharks, and golden eagle rays.
Day 6 – Sunday
AM – Egas Port We will have a “wet-landing” and take an easy walk along trails and on the beautiful shoreline of the black-sand beach, where you can see birds, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, marine iguanas, and Galapagos Fur Seal. During the walk, you will be able to see some of Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and many other beautiful and unique animals!
PM – Sullivan Bay The arrival in Sullivan Bay is like a moon landing. The desolate, sprawling fields seem to be mostly lifeless, but this island, which is particularly popular among photographers, still offers a lot to see. There is even some life! Green sea turtles burrow in the small white sand beach, where you can also find crabs, blue herons, and oystercatchers.
Day 7 – Monday
AM – Rábida Island After a ‘wet landing’ on the remarkable red beach of Rabida, there are two short guided hikes. Oxidized iron particles give the rocks and sand their rusty color. The beach wall holds a shallow green-fringed lagoon; this oasis is the most fertile place on the otherwise arid islet, which is overgrown with leaf-dropping palo santo trees. The salty pool attracts all kinds of aquatic birds, like pintails and sometimes Americanflamingos. Between the evergreen foliage of the surrounding mangrove bushes, many species of songbirds hide and breed. One of the most outstanding attractions is the major breeding colony of brown pelicans, the only ones in the world that plunge-dive.
PM – Bartolome Island The beautiful volcano islet of Bartolomé is among the youngest of the islands, and on a geological scale was just recently born out of re. Although at first sight lifeless, Bartolomé offers some of the wildest landscapes and best panoramas of the entire archipelago. To enjoy the postcard view of the idyllic ‘Pinnacle Bay’ you have to climb the stairs to the viewpoint on top of the island (114m/375ft). Enter a dramatic world of threatening (though extinguished) nearby spatter cones, craters, and lightweight lava droplets that have been spewed out by fiery fountains. The Summit Trail is also ideal for witnessing how scanty pioneer vegetation such as lava cactus struggles to take root in the bare virgin lava fields.
Day 8 – Tuesday
AM – Mosquera Though close neighbors, Mosquera and North Seymour offer a very different experience; diverging habitats attract different residents. While North Seymour contains large breeding colonies of boobies and frigate birds, Mosquera stands out as one of the largest concentrations of Galapagos sea lions in the entire archipelago. It’s also one of the few spots inside the National Park where you can stroll around freely, without being restricted to a trail. Galapagos sea lions are real beach lovers and Mosquera offers beautiful white coral sand beaches contrasting with the azure-colored water. This islet is just a few meters higher than a sandbank and doesn’t complicate their landing, and they can roll relaxed in the surf. For fishing, they just have to enter the Itabaca Channel, which is a sort of natural place in which lots of marine life and schools of share concentrated. Transfer out to Baltra Airport (GPS) It’s time to say goodbye to Galapagos! It’s been a pleasure accompanying you on this unique trip and hopes to see you again very soon! Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to the Seymour Ecological Airport, where we will take the shuttle back to the airport. In case you have booked your trip for a longer stay with us.
GALAPAGOS DIVING TOUR 🤿
Dive into a magical world of pure uniqueness!
Eye-witness incredible marine life, including the baleen whale!
Swim with tropical fish, marine iguanas, and even friendly sharks.
Visit the best diving sites in the Galapagos, including Darwin’s Arch, Cousin’s Rock and more!
|TUESDAY TO TUESDAY|
|TUESDAY||AM. Diving cruise starts at Baltra airport (GPS).
PM. Baltra North East (Check Out Dive).
|WEDNESDAY||AM. Bartolome (1 Dive).
PM. Cousin’s Rock (2 Dives).
|THURSDAY||AM. – PM. Wolf (4 Dives).|
|FRIDAY||AM. – PM. Darwin (4 Dives).|
|SATURDAY||AM. – PM. Wolf (3 Dives).|
|SUNDAY||AM. Vicente Roca Point (1 Dive).
PM. Cape Douglas (1 Dive).
|MONDAY||AM. Roca Blanca (1 Dive) / Pinzon (1 Dive).
PM. Late afternoon arrival Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) at leisure.
|TUESDAY||AM. Santa Cruz Highlands Giant Tortoises visit.
Transfer to Baltra airport.
GALAPAGOS 4 & 5 DAYS NATURALISTIC TOUR
4B plus 5B itineraries form the 8-Day tour B
|FRIDAY TO TUESDAY 5-DAY B|
|FRIDAY||AM. Cruise starts at Baltra airport (GPS).
PM. Chinese Hat.
|SATURDAY||AM. Cowley (Isabela).
PM. Albany Islet & Buccaneer Cove (Santiago).
|SUNDAY||AM. Egas Port (Santiago).
PM. Sullivan Bay (Santiago).
|TUESDAY||AM. Mosquera Islet.
– Tour ends. Transfer to Baltra airport.
|TUESDAY TO FRIDAY 4-DAY B|
|TUESDAY||AM. Liveaboard diving cruise starts at Baltra airport (GPS).
PM. North Seymour.
|WEDNESDAY||AM. South Plaza.
PM. Santa Fe.
|THURSDAY||AM. Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz).
PM. Devil’s Crown & Cormorant Point (Floreana).
|FRIDAY||AM. Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz).
– Tour ends. Transfer to Baltra airport.
|4-DAY B||5- DAY B||8-DAY A||8-DAY B|
|LOWER DECK (L/S)||$ 1,495||$ 2,295||$ 3,995||$3,495|
|LOWER DECK (H/S)||$ 1,695||$ 2,595||$ 4,595||$ 4,095|
|MAIN DECK (L/S)||$ 1,595||$ 2,395||$ 4,295||$3,695|
|MAIN DECK (H/S)||$ 1,795||$ 2,695||$ 4,795||$ 4,295|
|CHARTER||$ 23,675||$ 35,835||Request||$ 67,520|
|4-DAY B||5- DAY B||8-DAY A||8-DAY B|
|LOWER DECK||$ 1,595||$ 2,395||$ 4,195||$3,695|
|MAIN DECK||$ 1,755||$ 2,635||$ 4,565||$4,065|
|CHARTER||$ 27,115||$ 40,715||$ 67,815||$ 62,815|
|INCLUDED||Accommodation as confirmed.
All mentioned meals (full-board); filtered water, coffee and tea.
All guided excursions & activities as mentioned in the itinerary by a National Park certified naturalist guide.
Beach towels & snorkeling gear (snorkel, mask, fins; optional wet-suits to rent).
Bus ticket Baltra Airport / Itabaca Channel – $5 pp
|NOT INCLUDED||Round flight to Galapagos.
Soft and alcoholic drinks.
Galapagos National Park entrance fee(currently $100, subject to change).
Personal travel insurance.
Personal expenses, extras and tip.Galapagos transit control card $20pp
Isabela docking fee $15pp *Depending on IT. Santa Cruz Highland Tortoises ranch $5 * depending on the IT.
|IMPORTANT NOTES|| Single Supplement 50%
20% discount for children under 12-year-old (1 child per 2 adults). Not applicable for last minutes
Different rates on peak season (Dec 23- 6 Jan )
*Itinerary subject to change in case of unforeseen situations or request by the National Park
*Please note we cannot guarantee the encounter of specific elusive or alien species
*Solo travelers are allowed to book a twin cabin on a shared basis. The cabin will be shared with another traveler of the same gender.
|DIVING CONDITIONS 🤿|
When deciding if your skills are sufficient and your physical condition adequate for the Galapagos, keep in mind that the diving is varied and demanding. In general, Galapagos diving is mainly for advanced divers because of the extreme conditions – cold water, strong currents, and limited visibility, but nevertheless, there are very good sites for intermediate divers. However, I strongly recommend that divers visiting the Galapagos have more than 50 logged dives. It is also preferable that divers have had some experience with rough surface conditions, low visibility, and strong currents; and that they have had some exposure to diving in cold water, requiring thicker wetsuits and hoods.
so the panga can reach you easily, without worrying about being pushed onto the rocks by the surge.
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