Day Tour to uninhabited Island from Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Ecuador

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Duration: 1 day
Group size: 1 - 999
Day Tour to uninhabited Island from Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, Ecuador

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Duration: 1 day
Group size: 1 - 999

About this trip

 

The destination of the day tour booked will depend on the availability of boats and destinations on the day of travelling. All day tour boats are regulated by the Galapagos National Park and are assigned a destination per day of the week.

The destinations are:

LEAVING FROM ITABACA CANAL: take into account that this includes a landtransport from the hotel to the canal of 45 minutes there and 45 minutes back, before starting on the boats

Plazas

Your first stop will be a refreshing one; you will be snorkeling at Punta Carrion where you will see colorful fish and sea turtles. Afterwards you continue to Plazas. There are actually two islands, Plaza Norte and Plaza Sur. Only Plaza Sur, the southern bigger island is visited by tourists. This island has a lot to offer. The flora and fauna will astonish you. This island is mostly known for the many land iguanas that live on it. When you are a little further from the coast, it looks like you’ve walked into the movie “Jurassic Park”, because you will be eye to eye with beautiful green, yellow and orange land iguanas. This is all surrounded by beaches, beautiful cacti and in the background the blue ocean. At the coast the male sea lions live in peace. The militant lifestyle is only maintainable for males who are in their prime. The elders spend their last days in colonies, of which one can be found at Plaza Sur. It is sensational to see how the sea lions and iguanas mix. They play together as real pals. This island also offers a lot to bird lovers and a so called “birdwatchers paradise” can be found; a steep cliff with swallow tailed gulls, masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, tropical red bill birds, frigates, pelicans and Audubon’s. The gulls, partners forever, are always here cuddling or nesting.

North Seymour

North Seymour is located north of the island Baltra. The island has a surface area of only 1.9 square kilometres and is almost totally flat. At this island there are the breeding colonies of the frigates, the blue-footed boobies and the swallow tailed gull. To impress the female frigates, the male blows up his red throat bag. To attract more attention they fly around in the surroundings of the female. You can imagine that this is not too easy with a blown-up throat bag, because they lose their balance quicker. It is interesting to watch. Afterwards you will navigate towards the beach of Bachas. Here you can relax at the beach and follow the trails of the nesting sea turtles and snorkel a bit and swim at the beach. There is also a trail leading to a flamingo pool where there might be flamingos, on the way you see the shipwreck of Bachas.

Bartolomé

This is a day tour and breakfast (in most cases), lunch and snorkeling equipment are included.

Bartolomé is a bit further away than other islands, therefore you start early today. The first stop will be a refreshing one. At Sullivan Bay you snorkel from the boat or relax at the beach. Here you can find, from December until April, green sea turtles that come ashore to lie in the sun. This is special because in other places the turtles only come ashore at night to lay eggs. During the day they are staying in the safe water. Snorkeling is almost a must here. With a little luck you will see the “Moorish Idol”; this is the most beautiful fish from the Galapagos. Afterwards you continue to Bartolome. The island has a surface area of only 1.2 square kilometers and the highest point of the island is at 114 meters. You can reach this point by taking a path through an almost surrealistic landscape and past recent signs of volcano eruptions. You will visit the highest point of the island with a spectacular view over the lava in different colors, the many volcanoes and the deep blue see as well as the famous “Pinnacle Rock”.

LEAVING FROM THE HARBOUR OF PUERTO AYORA: this is only a maximum of 5 from the accommodation.

Santa Fe

The beauty of this Island is best appreciated from the trail which climbs the fault cliff overlooking the southern half of the bay. This plateau is also the best place to find the large land iguanas (Conolophus Pallidus) that are endemic to Santa Fe Island. The Santa Fe land iguana lives nowhere else in the world and, in fact, on no other Galapagos Island. A sub-species of the famous endemic Galapagos land iguana, the Santa Fe variety is yellowish-green in color and can grow to over one meter in length. At the beach of Santa Fe you can observe a sea lion colony and in the bay there are often rays, white tip sharks and sea turtles. At the rocky side of the bay you will snorkel with colorful fish.

Group – Minimum 2 passengers

What’s included

  • Activities
    Activities as described in day tour (depends of the destination)
  • Bilingual guide
  • Lunch
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Transport
  • Tips & Personal expenses

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This was an ok excursion. There was a lot of wasted time to accommodate the diver certification stop and subsequent diver only parts of trip. The snorkeling, once underway, paled in comparison to a previous simple beach snorkeling that was free. Lunch was so/so. Captain and cook/ diver guide were so nice, but other!?! Next time I’ll find and book in own with more discretion! Lot of boat time with little quality snorkeling and crowded as we picked up to extra FM’s on the dock!?!
By Susan L for Day Tour to uninhabited Island from San Cristóbal Kicker Rock (León do on 17 Oct, 2021
I do not recommend this tour guide. My wife got too tired while swimming, but the guide was busy entertaining the pair of young chicas and did not notice my wife's difficulties until I got his attention.
By Weyman D for Day Tour to uninhabited Island from San Cristóbal Kicker Rock (León do on 16 Oct, 2021
Over priced and late! You charged $85, but it was only $45 in airport. Your service required overnight and was late. Airport service was while you wait. I do not recommend this service.
By Weyman D for Antigen for Virus SARS-Cov-2-GYE on 16 Oct, 2021
It was a nice trip until I got sick towards the end of the last 3 - 4 days. I'm not sure if it was the water or what I ate and whatever the fruits & vegetables that we ate were washed in.
By Lucian B for RT-PCR for Virus SARS-Cov-2 -GYE on 15 Oct, 2021
Smooth, very professional, quick results
By Tatyana V for Antigen for Virus SARS-Cov-2-GYE on 13 Oct, 2021
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