Discover Galapagos

Galapagos Islands

About this trip

8 Days / 7  Nights


A taste of everything the islands have to offer. During your 8 days you will have the opportunity to explore above and below the water and come up close and personal with many of the endemic species of Galapagos. From your first day with the giant tortoises to your last with the boobies at Seymour or the volcanic landscapes that are Bartolome, you will not stop being amazed and  wondered by these enchanted islands.

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 & Isabela (7 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)

$1281
Deposit: $512
Hostal - Single Room

(Price per person)

$1417
Deposit: $566
Hostal - Double Room

(Price per person)

$1684
Deposit: $673
Budget - Single Room

(Price per person)

$1529
Deposit: $611
Budget - Double Room

(Price per person)

$1411
Deposit: $564
Budget - Triple Room

(Price per person)

$1362
Deposit: $544
Tourist - Single Room

(Price per person)

$1689
Deposit: $675
Tourist - Double Room

(Price per person)

$1469
Deposit: $587
Tourist - Triple Room

(Price per person)

$1416
Deposit: $566
Tourist Superior - Single Room

(Price per person)

$2335
Deposit: $934
Tourist Superior - Double Room

(Price per person)

$1806
Deposit: $722
Tourist Superior - Triple Room

(Price per person)

$1710
Deposit: $684
First Class - Single Room

(Price per person)

$4355
Deposit: $1742
First Class - Double Room

(Price per person)

$2679
Deposit: $1071
First Class - Triple Room

(Price per person)

$2356
Deposit: $942

Available options

Nitrox Upgrade - Each Diver
$16
$1281
Deposit: $512

Hostal - Dorm

Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra

Transfer from Baltra airport to hotel with Highland Visit.

This visit consists of 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.

Your Organizer


AB
Academy Bay Diving
3 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

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
I can't say enough about Alice and Academy Bay Diving. This was a fairly complicated trip to organize with 12 people coming from 4 different US cities over the course of 2 days with travel delays. The itinerary Alice suggested for scuba and land tours was ideal to see a wide range of wildlife in a busy, but well managed schedule. The guides she appointed were excellent and the dive leaders were outstanding. The logistics were flawless from start to finish. From the moment we arrived we had a guide to get us to each and every activity including to and from the airport. Taxis or buses were waiting for us at our doorstep for each tour, and Alice herself met us at different points along the way to make sure we checked in at the hotel, to point us in the right direction at the pier or make sure we knew what was coming next. It was a situation where I didn't have to worry about not being familiar with the local customs or requirements because Alice or someone she chose was there to help every step of the way without feeling herded from one stop to the next. There was plenty of free time to do what we pleased and explore the town, but the guides showed up exactly when we needed them. Academy Bay made this trip feel simple with the flawless logistics and outstanding guidance.
Alice had everything planned for us to a tee from the moment we stepped off the plane and it was wonderful! The dive masters and crew had everything organized and ran all six days of diving like a finely tuned machine. They even rinsed and dried the scuba equipment we brought with us. I would definitely dive with them again and I highly recommend them to anyone!