Born to Dive

Galapagos Islands

AB
7 reviews
Duration: 11 days
Group size: 1 - 999
Born to Dive
Galapagos Islands

7 reviews

Duration: 11 days
Group size: 1 - 999

About this trip

11 Days / 10  Nights


Dive in sites from 4 different islands of the Archipelago, everyday witnessing exciting and unique  topography and animals. From the smallest seahorses to the grand Scalloped Hammerhead sharks, you will not be let down by the amazing  underwater world that Galapagos has to offer.

Accommodation

We have 5 levels of hotel for you to choose. If you are backpacking, honeymooning or can’t stand the thought of a hostel and would like a little more comfort or would like to go all out and have the best, we’ve got you covered!

  1. Hostel – Single, Double or Dorm rooms, cooking facilities, breakfast not included.
  2. Budget – Private rooms, private bathrooms, hot water, TV and WiFi, some have cooking facilities.
  3. Tourist – Private rooms, private bathrooms, hot water, air con, TV, WiFi, breakfast, swimming pool.
  4. Tourist Superior – Private rooms, hot water, WiFi, telephone, TV, air con, breakfast, swimming pool.
  5. First Class – Premier class private rooms, hot water, WiFi, telephone, TV, air con, breakfast, swimming pool.

What’s included

  • Hotel
    Hotel in Santa Cruz & San Cristobal (10 nights)
  • Meals
    All meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tranfers
    All transfers in Galapagos
  • Equipment
    Snorkel equipment and dive equipment on all tours
  • Tours
    All tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Flights
    Flights unless organised with Academy Bay Diving
  • Entrance Fee
    National park entrance fee ($100 payable on arrival)
  • TCT Card
    Tourist card ($20 payable in airport in Quito or Guayaquil)
  • Extra Meals
    Meals not stated in tour itinerary

Available Packages

Hostal - Dorm

(Price per person)

$2373
Deposit: $949
Hostal - Single Room

(Price per person)

$2539
Deposit: $1015
Hostal - Double Room

(Price per person)

$2461
Deposit: $984
Budget - Single Room

(Price per person)

$2747
Deposit: $1098
Budget - Double Room

(Price per person)

$2597
Deposit: $1038
Budget - Triple Room

(Price per person)

$2545
Deposit: $1018
Tourist - Single Room

(Price per person)

$2981
Deposit: $1192
Tourist - Double Room

(Price per person)

$2695
Deposit: $1078
Tourist - Triple Room

(Price per person)

$2630
Deposit: $1052
Tourist Superior - Single Room

(Price per person)

$3904
Deposit: $1561
Tourist Superior - Double Room

(Price per person)

$3176
Deposit: $1270
Tourist Superior - Triple Room

(Price per person)

$3052
Deposit: $1220
First Class - Single Room

(Price per person)

$6790
Deposit: $2716
First Class - Double Room

(Price per person)

$4424
Deposit: $1769
First Class - Triple Room

(Price per person)

$3975
Deposit: $1590

Available options

Nitrox Upgrade - Each Diver
$16


Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra

Transfer from Baltra airport to hotel with Highland Visit.

This tour consists of visiting 3 sites: El Chato, Lava tunnels and Los Gemelos. 

El Chato Tortoise Reserve is near Santa Rosa, approx 19km from Puerto Ayora. This is one of the only places where you can observe the ancient creatures up close in the wild. They look old, they smell old and they even sound old when they suck in their necks and heads and let out a  hiss of air, like an old leather cushion. The reserve is also a great  place to see the short eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers and paint billed crakes. After you return to the current century you will  be taken to the lava tubes, where you can walk more than 1km  underground. They were formed by the solidifying of the outside skin of  molten lava flow. When the lava flow ceased, the molten lava inside the  flow kept moving, emptying out of the solidified skin thus leaving  tunnels. Lastly a visit to Las Gemelos, the twin craters that are actually sink holes surrounded by Scalesia forest. Vermillion flycatchers and often seen here, as well as short eared owls on occasion. It is a beautiful place to take in the greenery of Galapagos  and walk along the small paths around the craters to spot some of the bird life. At the conclusion of the tour you will be transported back to Puerto Ayora and your hotel.

Please come to our office in the evening at 6pm to try on your equipment for the following day and meet your guides.

Your Organizer


AB
Academy Bay Diving
7 reviews
Academy Bay Diving is a family owned and run business dedicated to providing our customers with an amazing and safe dive experience in the Wonderful Galapagos Marine Reserve.

Reviews

That was one of the best tours I did in Galapagos. Wonderful experience!!!
By David C for Tour Bartolome on 30 Jul, 2021
This was my first experience in a liveaboard and, I dare say, it blew my mind. We booked this through Academy Bay Diving in Puerto Ayora who are absolutely amazing and ever so helpful. From the get go, the crew were outstanding, all the way from the engineer, the Captain and his crew (who you don't really get to see much), to the chef and his amazing and plentiful food and snacks (don't think you'll come here to lose weight), to Sra Cruz (the chamber maid), the whole deck crew, Kevin, the (also) barman, the "pangueros" Juanito & Pablo, and, of course, the incredible dive leaders Daniel and the super energetic, laugh-out-loud-and-dance-like-no-one-is-watching Gaby. Our 8D-7N tour included 2 land tours (North Seymour- Frigates, Boobies, Iguanas (land and marine), Sea Lions; Manzanillo Turtle Ranch) and 19 dives in all in Baltra, Mosquera, Wolf Island, Darwin Island, and Cousins, where you'll be flabbergasted by the insane amount of sea life ranging from Hammerhead, Galapagos, Silky, White tip, and Whale sharks, turtles, dolphins, morays, lea lions, etc, etc. It was just incredible. Be sure to have the energy for up to 4 dives a day and some strong currents at times. The facilities on the boat included hot water, comfy beds, Nitrox (recommended), booze, jacuzzi, second to none service with a smile, always fun in that latin American Style, and, more importantly, always safety conscious. I didn't want it to end.
By Pedro S for Humboldt Explorer Dive Cruise on 13 Jul, 2021
What an amazing experience with ABD. Everybody, Cpt Eric and his assistant Frank, scuba instructors/guides Oscar, Byron, Leo, the shop cat Guapetón, and owners Hugo and especially Alice, were just so absolutely awesome and pivotal in making my first, hopefully not last, visit to GPS utterly unforgettable. Apart from the incredible diving here, their assistance with everything else, including an awesome liveaboard experience, was simply tremendous and totally ensured the best possible time was had. I cannot recommend this dive centre enough!
By Pedro S for Daily Dive Tours - $140 on 13 Jul, 2021
What an amazing experience with ABD. Everybody, Cpt Eric and his assistant Frank, scuba instructors/guides Oscar, Byron, Leo, the shop cat Guapetón, and owners Hugo and especially Alice, were just so absolutely awesome and pivotal in making my first, hopefully not last, visit to GPS utterly unforgettable. Apart from the incredible diving here, their assistance with everything else, including an awesome liveaboard experience, was simply tremendous and totally ensured the best possible time was had. I cannot recommend this dive centre enough!
By Pedro S for Daily Dive Tours - $160 on 13 Jul, 2021
I cannot say enough positive things about Academy Bay Divers staff and Alice. Alice goes out of her way to assist/help in any way. Their dive boat is a roomy and fitted for divers, and very comfortable. On the boat the dive masters help the divers gear up and put your fins on. I would dive with Academy Bay again. They are the best dive shop in Puerto Ayora Santa Cruz. Kudos to Alice for helping make our trip a great memory. Ralph and Lisa
By Ralph B for Diving and Adventure - Tourist Superior on 20 Mar, 2020
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