Diving Itinerary - Galaxy Diver Yacht - Galapagos Cruise

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The Galaxy Diver liveaboard yacht offers an 8-day/7-night diving trip to some of the most popular and exciting dive sites in the Galapagos Islands. Divers of all levels will find something to enjoy on this trip, from the beginner-friendly Cousin Rock to the more challenging El Arenal. The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the most diverse marine life in the world, and divers can expect to see a wide variety of fish, sharks, rays, and other creatures. In addition to diving, the trip also includes time to explore the islands on land. Visitors can hike to the top of lava flows, visit tortoise breeding centers, and learn about the unique ecology of the Galapagos. 

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary

Day 1: Baltra Airport

Trevelers are landing from mainland Ecuador. “Welcome to the Galapagos Islands”, 

Arrival at Baltra airport where you will meet our dive guides at designated area. Escorted transfer from airport to the Galaxy Diver

We’ll show your accommodations and the Dive master will hold a short briefing on all safety and emergency protocols.

Lunch is served onboard.

The first dive in the Galapagos Islands is the moment to test the equipment to allow divers to maintain adequate buoyancy to take care of the bottom and marine life, in addition to checking that the diving equipment works properly. While exploring the site you can enjoy schools of reef fish, skate rays, eagle rays, moray eels, turtles, garden eels, white tip sharks.

Day 2: Lobos Island: El Derrumbe, La Banana & Shark Bay

El Derrumbe

The Landslide Dive Site in Lobos Island is only accessible from a liveaboard. It is locally known as El Derrumbe and is one of the most famous dive sites in the archipelago. This day we will have one of the most interesting and remote visits. It was named like that, as it was visited by Theodor Wolf, the German geologist who spent considerable years mapping and studying the geology of Galapagos. Lobos Island has a very large colony of seabirds (Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls) and under its waters a great variety of reef fish, green turtles, hawksbill turtles, jacks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, school of hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, bottle-nosed dolphins, sea lions. From July to November is the whale shark season where you can enjoy sightings of these giant creatures.

El Derrumbe is particularly well known to see Hammerheads and Galapagos Sharks. Whale sharks have also been encountered here, as well as a huge range of fish, rays, turtles, marine mammals and many more iconic Galápagos creatures.

La Banana 

The north Islet known by locals as La Banana is a wall dive like caverns, tunnels and a pinnacle. There is always moderate to heavy current here and visibility is often limited. Some very impressive and large animals such as whale sharks, hammerheads and dolphins are spotted here.

Shark Bay

Shark Bay at Lobos Island is an underwater visitor point well known as being among the best dive sites in Galapagos to see Hammerheads and Galapagos Sharks. The giants of the sea “Whale sharks” have also been encountered here, as well as a huge range of fish, Galapagos rays, turtles, marine mammals and many more iconic Galápagos creatures.

Day 3: Darwin Island: El Arenal & The Darwin´s Towers

El Arenal

Darwin Island, rich on the variety of its pelagic species in the depths of the Pacific Ocean and one of the smallest islands on the archipelago, is a spectacular area for diving as it is considered as one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World. It is located close to Wolf. El Arenal is considered one of the best diving points in the entire world, sloping off Darwin’s Arch. The currents are moderate to strong and depth ranges from 46 to 121 ft, with visibility from 40 to 80 ft. There is an amazing array of marine wildlife you can encounter, like dolphins commonly sighted feeding on schools of fish, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, rays, Galapagos sharks and even tiger sharks and killer whales. It offers a unique experience, not just from the impressive marine life, but the geological formations as well.

The Darwin's Towers 

On May 17th, 2022 the famous Darwin's Arch crumbled at the top of its structure, leaving a "pillar" shape, but this new shape has not affected its marine life. Like Wolf, Darwin has a large colony of seabirds (red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, frigate birds) and is also a hot spot for the giant whale sharks that visit the Galapagos Islands every year from July to November. What is unique about the whale shark populations is that 99% of the sightings are apparently pregnant females. The abundance of marine life surrounding the famous Darwin's Arch is unique, a great variety of reef fish, hammerhead sharks in cleaning stations, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, hawksbill turtles, green turtles, moray eels, lobsters, jacks, bottlenose dolphins.

Day 4: Lobos Island: Shark Bay, El Derrumbe & La Banana

Shark Bay

Shark Bay at Lobos Island is an underwater visitor point well known as being among the best dive sites in Galapagos to see Hammerheads and Galapagos Sharks. The giants of the sea “Whale sharks” have also been encountered here, as well as a huge range of fish, Galapagos rays, turtles, marine mammals and many more iconic Galápagos creatures.

El Derrumbe

El Derrumbe is particularly well known to see Hammerheads and Galapagos Sharks. Whale sharks have also been encountered here, as well as a huge range of fish, rays, turtles, marine mammals and many more iconic Galápagos creatures.

La Banana

The north Islet known by locals as La Banana is a wall dive like caverns, tunnels and a pinnacle. There is always moderate to heavy current here and visibility is often limited. Some very impressive and large animals such as whale sharks, hammerheads and dolphins are spotted here

Day 5: Fernandina Island: Douglas Cape & Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point

Fernandina Island: Douglas Cape

We dive Douglas Cape in the morning to observe the gracious marine iguanas feeding on algae, underwater. First, you can observe them catching sun to warm them up and later they will go into the sea to feed themselves for around 20 minutes, they return to the shores and warm up again. It will be different to see them lying on the beach, but their appearance is different, even elegant in the water. A dive with unique species in the world such as red-lipped batfish, fur seals, and the famous Galapagos marine iguana, also you can have encounters with the Galapagos penguin and flightless cormorants that are usually hunting.

Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point

Vicente Roca Point, is on the northwest coast of Isabela Island. There are few colorful dives in Galapagos and this site is one of them, the abundant concentration of corals and gorgonians make this site one of the best to enjoy with macro life such as seahorses, different species of nudibranchs, toadfish, cat shark, possible sightings of penguins and flying cormorants, green turtle, and one of the main attractions of the site is the largest bony fish in the world the Mola Alexandrini (a species of Mola Mola).

Day 6: Isabela Island: Marshall Cape & City of the Mantas

Marshall Cape

Marshall Cape, located on the Northeast side of Isabela Island, with its populations of giant mantarrays, mobulas, enormous schools of barracudas, Galapagos sharks, sea lions and the, by now, traditional host of Galapagos critters. All these species are possible to see due to the plankton-rich waters on this area. Marshall Cape has another important attraction, the flightless cormorants, which can be seen resting on the shores.

City of the Mantas

Giant Manta Rays are highly migratory, however in this dive site there are sightings all year round, with high peaks in the season from July to November where the Humboldt current attracts more plankton which is the main diet of these species, as well as mobulas, sea turtles, skate rays, schools of reef fish, schools of barracudas.

Day 7: Santiago Island: Cousin Rock & Bartolome Island

Santiago Island: Cousin Rock

Another colorful place to dive in Galapagos, a beautiful wall with corals and gorgonians where you can see macro life such as seahorses, reef fish, toad fish, coral hawks, a variety of nudibranchs, you can also see a school of eagle rays, white tip sharks, mobulas, school of barracudas, sea lions.

Bartolome Island

Bartolome is one of the most iconic places in the Galapagos and one of the few where you can see penguins without going to the remote areas of western Isabela and Fernandina. You will get great views of Pinnacle Rock, located in the northern side of the island, right next to a beautiful peach-color sand beach.

The hike to the top of the island is fantastic and will offer you incredible views of lunar landscapes with scattered volcanic cones. Many islands are visible from this outlook, as well as the bay of Sullivan and the Pinnacle rock.

Snorkel: You will have the option to swim or snorkel from the beach. This area holds a well-deserved reputation of being one of the best snorkeling places in the Galapagos, not only because it’s clear and calm water, but also because of the presence of penguins, which are relatively easy to find while snorkeling, along with an incredible diversity of fish, colorful invertebrates, sea lions, turtles, rays and reef sharks.

Day 8: Santa Cruz Island: Twin Craters

Twin Craters

The Twin Craters or also known as “Los Gemelos”, are located on the way to the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island. You will find them on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. In fact, they are not real craters, they were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. You will have a wonderful view of the local flora, like Scalesia plants. On this site it is also possible to observe the endemic short-ear owl.

Then, transfer to the airport to take your flight back to continental Ecuador.

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8 Day Galapagos Itinerary Includes

  • Transportation and fuel surcharge in the Marine reserve of Galapagos
  • Accommodation in single, double or triple cabin according to you booking
  • 2 Bilingual Dive Masters
  • Personalized crew service
  • All meals during the cruise, from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day.
  • One snack after each activity (except last day)
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Unlimited purified water, coffee and tea
  • All visits, excursions & activities according to the itinerary
  • Transportation Airport-Channel/ Channel-Airport (Lobitos Bus)
  • Docks use and ferries.
  • Shampoo, hair conditioner, and soap for daily use
  • Beach towels
  • Soft drinks
  • Weights & Belts
  • 12L Tank
  • Nitrox use
  • Surfer Marker Buoy

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary Does not Include

  • International flights to/from Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands airfare from/to mainland (Quito or Guayaquil)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($100 per person)
  • Transit Control Card ($20 per person)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance (Highly recommended)
  • Dive Equipment (wetsuit, BCD, regulator, fins and booties)
  • Diving insurance (DAN)
  • Chamber Fee (USD $35)
  • Insurance for equipment
  • Optionals (hood, gloves, reef hooks)
  • Nitrox course

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary Highlights

  • Diving with sharks, manta rays, turtles
  • Snorkel with an incredible diversity of fish, colorful invertebrates, sea lions, turtles, rays and reef sharks.
  • Great variety of reef fish, hammerhead sharks in cleaning stations, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, hawksbill turtles, green turtles, moray eels, lobsters, jacks, bottlenose dolphins.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 7 Dinners
  • 8 Lunches
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Reviews

Five Star and more
- Kirsten Richards
If I could rate this trip a 6 star then I would. It’s totally worth it. Money well spent. I love how spacious the cabins are. The Air conditioning kept me cool round the clock. It was home away from home.
Best trip I could ask for
- Martin Campbell
Seeing the giant turtles, snorkelling with the dolphins and hiking around the terrain made me appreciate nature a lot more. The cabins and lounges were spot on too. Lovely experience
12 days trip
- Isabella Gorham
I recently visited Ecuador and Galapagos for 12 days, and I took a cruise with Galaxy Diver. Francisco crafted an amazing itinerary that fit my needs and desires even though I have never been to the nation. Highly recommended!
A cruise to remember
- Justin Durk
Me and my wife just came back from the Galapagos cruise and we want to go on another one ASAP! Lol. That was how much fun we had. The experience was amazing!
Amazing crew
- Leslie Birkland
We just came back from a Galapagos Cruise by Galaxy Diver Cruises and booked through Voyagers Travel. The ship was very comfortable and the entire crew was amazing. I give a special shout out to the Captain and the Cruise host, Mr. Bobby.

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Diving Itinerary - Galaxy Diver Yacht
8 Days (Diving)
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