Galapagos Diving & Bites

Galapagos Islands

About this trip

8 Days / 7 Nights - Starting day (arrival to Galapagos) is a SUNDAY

 Do you want to dive Galapagos or do you want to experience it all?


Do you want to dive Galapagos or do you want to experience it all?

We will immerse you in the amazing marine life, local culture and give you the best hands on experiences galapagos has to offer, as well as “literally” letting you  taste the islands themselves! Get off the beaten track during your Island hopping and meet the real Galapagueñas, discover new tastes and create friendships you will never forget.

During your 5 days of diving you will observe the legendary 

– schools of scalloped hammerheads

– the menacing black tipped reef sharks

– the local sea lions who always want to meet the newcomers

– the elusive galapagos sharks 

and even glide by the turtles cleaning stations and 

– float eye to eye with an eagle ray

What makes this dive package so different to the rest? Your tastebuds take over and you have a whole new experience! 

- Between visiting local coffee & cacao farms 

- Participating in the process at the micro brewery 

- Learning to cook ceviche and 

- sampling traditional Ecuadorian breakfasts (if you dare) 

your tastebuds will be just as happy and amazed as your eyes were by the diving!


We have 3 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. Tourist – Private rooms, private bathrooms, hot water, air con, TV, WiFi, breakfast, swimming pool.
  3. Tourist Superior – Private rooms, hot water, WiFi, telephone, TV, air con, breakfast, swimming pool.

What’s included

  • Hotel
    Hotel in Santa Cruz with breakfast (7 nights)
  • Meals
    All meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfers
    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 - Single Room

(Price per person)

Deposit: $468
Hostal - Double Room

(Price per person)

Deposit: $468
Tourist - Single Room

(Price per person)

Deposit: $526
Tourist - Double Room

(Price per person)

Deposit: $495
Tourist Superior - Single Room

(Price per person)

Deposit: $655
Tourist Superior - Double Room

(Price per person)

Deposit: $563


Day 1 - SUNDAY

 Transfer from Baltra airport to hotel with HIGHLAND TOUR – your guide will meet you at the airport and take you through the Highlands and finish in your hotel.

This visit consists of visiting 2 sites: El Chato with Lava tunnels and Los Gemelos.

Firstly 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 if you look very carefully. 

The next stop is El Chato Tortoise Reserve & lava tunnels 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. 

The walking path will begin with the lava tunnels which were formed by the solidifying of the outside skin of molten lava flow, then continues through the tortoise reserve.

Lunch will be served at the Tortoise reserve.

After you return to the current century you will be transported back to Puerto Ayora and your hotel. 

* If you are bringing dive gear with you please notify your guide that you would like to come to the dive center first to drop off your equipment. Otherwise, please check in at your hotel and come to the dive center to receive your briefing.

Your Organizer

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.


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
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.
By Laura V for Galapagos Diving JANUARY Laura's Group on 01 Feb, 2020
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!
By Sami K for Galapagos Diving JANUARY Laura's Group on 29 Jan, 2020