Short & Sweet 2023 - no hotel

      Galapagos Islands

      Academy Bay Diving
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      88 reviews
      Duration: 5 days
      Group size: 1 - 999
      Short & Sweet 2023 - no hotel
      Galapagos Islands

      Academy Bay Diving
      • Email address verified
      88 reviews

      Duration: 5 days
      Group size: 1 - 999

      About this trip

      5 Days / 4  Nights

      For those of you who unfortunately don’t have the time to relax in Galapagos, we have a package that is right for you. In 5 short days you will see, be amazed and never forget the magic that is Galapagos. We  have land tours and snorkelling to make sure you will meet the most diverse range of Galapagos inhabitants, as well as giving you the option to scuba dive to broaden your horizons just a little more. (This tour can also be Synchronised with your cruise itinerary if you would like to  see a little more of Galapagos).


        We have 4 levels of hotel for you to choose. If you are backpacking or honeymooning or would just like a little more comfort we’ve got you covered!

      1.      Budget – Private rooms, private bathrooms, hot water, TV and WiFi, some have cooking facilities.

      2.    Tourist – Private rooms, private bathrooms, hot water, air con, TV, WiFi, breakfast, some have small swimming pool.

      3.     Tourist Superior – Private rooms, hot water, WiFi, telephone, TV, air con, breakfast, swimming pool or Jacuzzi at most.

      4.     First Class – Premier class private rooms, hot water, WiFi, telephone, TV, air con, breakfast, swimming pool or ocean views.

      What’s included

      • Hotel
        Hotel in Santa Cruz (4 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

      What’s not included

      • 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

      Deposit: $273
      Non Diver
      Deposit: $230


      Day 1

      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.

      Your Organizer

      Academy Bay Diving
      88 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 had a great time. The equipment was in good condition and our guides were very motivated. Also this is not mass tourism like for example in Thailand. We were nine people plus two guides and there were no other boats at the same spot. Also the sea life is amazing there. We saw tons of white tips, black tips, some Galapagos sharks, lots of rays and a sea turtle. On my second dive trip I finally saw the hammer heads and some sea lions as well. Even if there are only two dives per trip and the costs are about twice the price you pay normally in the rest of the world it is definitely worth it!
      By Martin W for Daily Dive Tours on Apr 07, 2024
      We had a great time with academybay diving. The service was uncomplicated and they responded fast to our questions. It was also possible to add on an extra tour. The accomodation in the tourist category was in nice hotels with comfy rooms. Academy Bay diving have really good instructors and crew personal. Thanks for the great time!
      By Alena S for Discover Galapagos – 3 Islands on Mar 31, 2024
      Thank you Alena, we are very happy you enjoyed your time in Galapagos!!
      By Academy Bay Diving on Mar 31, 2024
      Amazing diving experience. The diving itself is just mindblowing, but that was expected. The team of Academy Bay went instead beyond expectations. They are excellent and extremely competent, they took care of everything with great detail and made all the trips more special and relaxed. They even managed to make quite easy (thanks to how they organised it and how they prepared us) the more difficult drift dives with strong currents. Highly recommended (especially compared with some other dive centres on the other main islands).
      By Beniamino A for Daily Dive Tours on Mar 19, 2024
      Thank you Beniamino. We are very happy when our customers enjoy their diving with us and in Galpagos!
      By Academy Bay Diving on Mar 31, 2024
      The three trips we booked with Academy Bay Diving were excellent. Except for a minor glitch regarding meeting time/location on the 2nd day trip (Academy Bay resolved to my satisfaction) ... the guides were excellent as were the crew. Very knowledgeable and accommodating. Lunch served on board each boat was some of the best food we had while visiting Galapagos! Thanks for the wonderful experience!
      By Catherine O for Land & Snorkel Tours - varios 2024 on Feb 29, 2024
      Thank you Catherine. We are very glad you enjoye your tours! Thank you for the feedback.
      By Academy Bay Diving on Mar 31, 2024
      This is a Tiburon Explorer liveaboard review (NOT Academy Bay Diving): Considering the huge price of this live aboard, we were really disappointed with the experience. The boat was only two years old so we thought we were paying a high price for high quality. Not so. The boat was very tired. The top deck had been patched many times with glue but still had holes in it. When it rained, water poured into the main salon, onto the floor, sofa, dining table and around all the ceiling lights. It also poured into one of the cabins, onto the bed. The crew did their best, with towels everywhere, but it was a mess. Tiburon is a boat that was made cheaply with the wrong materials and it’s now not fit for purpose. Safety was not taken seriously by the dive leaders. The briefings were poor, using slides with the wrong information on them. No currents or temperatures were checked at sites prior to briefings. We were told temperature would be 22/23 degrees when it was 27-29 degrees in the water all week. Currents in the water were often completely different to what had been briefed. Communication from dive leaders during the dives was poor. Certain divers were running out of air and sharing on octopus regularly, deliberately. It was hard to catch up with the leaders in order to tell them ‘low on air’ because of the currents. No checks were made on divers depths vs nitrox percentage. One diver wasn’t nitrox certified but was allowed to dive on nitrox all week without any understanding of the implications. Despite saying divers needed 50 dives, they accepted one diver with only 25 dives. Then buddied her up with us, meaning our dives were short as she used so much air. If Explorer is accepting inexperienced divers they should insist that they have a private guide, like other boats do. No focus on non-decompression limits. Some divers went into deco dives. One diver told the dive leader (Alex) that she was almost at her no-deco limit and he told her to go up, by herself, in strong currents. Despite my friend and I paying a huge amount and booking early, the 3 single divers who booked at the last minute with enormous discounts were the ones also given single cabins, with no single supplement paid. We should have been offered these cabins first as we had paid significantly more. The diving was good, the rest of the crew worked hard and the food was good. But there are much less expensive options and I would not recommend Tiburon Explorer.
      By Mary S for Dive - custom package on Feb 27, 2024
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      acabamos de regresar de Galápagos conde realizamos seis increíbles días de buceos... por lejos los mejores en 20 años. Tanto por los hermosos lugares y fauna de la isla y alrededores, por sus equipos de primera calidad y sobre todo por sus guías y todo el personal del centro. Es increíble como aman su isla y como transmiten todo lo que saben de su fauna e historia. gracias Alex, Jimmy y Santiago
      By sergio d on 02 Apr, 2023