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Option 1-Code SAQ

DAILY DIVING TOURS

All day trips leave from Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. We normally depart around 08h00 am and, depending on the navigation distance to each site, we are scheduled to return between 15h30 to 16h30.  We also offer an overnight trip to Floreana.

All our daily diving tours include:

  • 2 boat dives in small groups
  • Full scuba gear :    - aluminum tanks with 3000psi / 207bar

                                 - 5 to 7mm full wetsuit
                                 - Jacket type BCD with power inflator
                                 - Regulator with octopus, pressure gauge and depth gauge

  • Weights, mask, snorkel, fins and booties
  • Computers and U/W photo cameras available for rent
  • Dive master diving in the water with customers  (max. divemaster to diver ratio 1:4)
  • Transfer to/from Puerto Ayora and dive sites
  • Drinking water and snacks, as well as a lunch box if the dive is outside Academy Bay

NIGHT DIVES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST from US$ 80 pp per dive, incl flashlights

Information required

All daily diving tour programs are customized for the customer. Safety comes first and therefore we require the following information about each passenger’s diving experience in order to customize a program that will fit the customer’s skills and interests :

1.  Type of diving license (level and training agency)
2.  Current number of dives made
3.  Date  of last dive
4.  Experience with drift and wall diving
5.  Experience diving in cold water and with thick wetsuits
6.  What would the customer like to see in the Galapagos?

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DAILY DIVING TOURS



 
PROGRAM

 
# DIVES

 
LUNCH

 
DIFICULTY

 
   PRICE US$

ACADEMY BAY

1

No

Beginner / Intermediate

90 pp.

ACADEMY BAY

2

No

Beginner/Intermediate

105  pp.

SANTA FE

2

Yes

Beginner / Intermediate

140 pp.

GORDON ROCKS

2

Yes

Experienced

140 pp.

DAPHNE MINOR

2

Yes

Intermediate

140 pp.

MOSQUERA / SEYMOUR

2

Yes

Intermediate

140 pp.

GORDON ROCKS / SEYMOUR

2

Yes

Experienced

140 pp.

BARTOLOME / COUSINS

2

Yes

Intermediate

160 pp.

MOSQUERA / GORDON ROCKS

2

Yes

Experienced

140 pp.

DAPHNE MINOR / MOSQUERA

2

Yes

Intermediate

140 pp.

DAPHNE / GUY FAWKES

2

YES

Intermediate

140 pp.

FLOREANA

2

Yes

Intermediate

160 pp.

FLOREANA
Includes 2 box lunches, 1 dinner,  1 night at Hostel Wittmer (Floreana Island) and 1 breakfast. 

4

Yes

Intermediate

460 pp.



Note: All rates are per person in U.S. dollars and subject to change without notice

The Galapagos Islands
One of the Seven Underwater Wonders in the World



The Dive Sites for Daily Diving Tours

Academy Bay

The Academy Bay area is a short navigation from the dive center. This area is great for introductory diving, beginner and intermediate divers. We usually request that each person spend a minimum of 1 day diving in Academy Bay to get acclimated to our water, thick wetsuits and the visibility. We recommend that beginner certified divers do at least 3 dives in Academy Bay before heading to the more distant spots. The Academy Bay area is easy diving with very little current. The following are some of the Academy Bay diving sites; dive sites will not be specified when confirming an Academy Bay dive trip.

Punta Estrada
Sea turtle canyon in Academy Bay. Invertebrates, tropical fish, stingrays, green sea turtles; possible encounters with golden rays and some whitetip reef sharks. There are interesting geological formations here.

Caamaño Islet
Offers a chance to swim and play with friendly sea lions, many tropical fish and marine iguanas.

Punta Nuñez Cliffs
Wall diving with a cave. At this site, you can see turtles, stingrays, tropical fish, whitetip sharks and – occasionally – manta rays.

El Bajo
This submerged shoal at Academy Bay has an impressive amount of fish, whitetip sharks, morays, invertebrates, caverns, eagle rays, stingrays, turtles and sea fans. A great diving site for intermediate as well as for experienced divers.


Outside Academy Bay
The dive sites outside Academy Bay have navigation distances of between 20 to 38 miles. The approximate travel time is 1 hour to most sites. Galapagos Sub-Aqua always has at least three crew members on board when diving outside of Academy Bay(Captain, deckhand and dive master). These areas are spectacular world-class diving sites, best suited for intermediate to experienced divers.

 
Floreana
Enderby Islet, Punta Ayora, Champion Islet and Devil's Crown are the dive sites where you will experience sea lions, turtles, exotic fish, thousands of tropical fish, barracudas, black coral, whitetip and Galapagos sharks, moray eels, some hammerheads and eagle rays. You will have an excellent opportunity for dolphin watching during the boat trip to and from Floreana. You will also enjoy watching the local marine and bird life such as sea lions, blue footed boobies, frigatebird, penguins and marine iguanas from the boat.

 

Gordon Rocks
Here you will experience turtles, big fish, hundreds of tropical fishes, hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, white tips, large morays, spotted eagle rays, golden and stingrays as well as fur sea lions. This is the best one day trip for experienced divers, when done in combination with Seymour or Mosquera Islet.

Seymour
Schools of hammerheads, loads of snappers and other fish, turtles, morays, manta rays and white tip sharks, sea lions, garden eels.

Cousins Rock
An intermediate dive combination of shoal and wall diving with sea lions, large amounts of fish, white tip sharks, hammerheads, eagle rays and manta rays. There is a breathtaking vertical wall with a profusion of black corals and other invertebrates. It’s possible to find seahorses and frogfish here as well. This dive site is always combined with diving in Bartolome.

Bartolome
Stingrays, turtles, white tips, plenty of fish, invertebrates and interesting rock formations with crevices. During the surface interval between Cousins and Bartolome dives, we snorkel to look for penguins.

Mosquera Islet
Largest colony of garden eels, mantas, sea turtles, white tips and maybe hammerheads schools and eagle rays, as well as plenty of tropical fish and sea lions.

Daphne Islet
Wall diving  with morays, white tips, eagle rays, stingrays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks , hammerheads, turtles, black corals   and many other invertebrates, and hundreds of fish.

Santa Fe
Easy diving with little current. Whitetips, turtles, stingrays and occasionally a couple of hammerheads. snorkeling with sea lions at surface interval.

Guy Fawkes
Combination of wall and shoal diving. Great side for seeing a lot of sea horses and fishes. Whitetips , sea lions, turtles, Galapagos Sharks



NOTE:The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without warning due to weather conditions, National Park regulations or unforeseeable circumstances.

We will not be held responsible for any refunds whatsoever for changes to the printed or scheduled itinerary


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