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Galapagos Safari Camp - Diving Program


GALAPAGOS SAFARI CAMP

Diving in the GalapagosGalapagos Safari Camp is an ideal base for diving in the islands, and the perfect alternative to a live-aboard dive experience. Galapagos marine life is very rich, but diving in the archipelago is only for intermediate and experienced divers, since there are strong currents, surges and eddies. Aside from the slightly challenging conditions, scuba diving in Galapagos is world-class, thanks to the abundance of marine life and the fact that it shows no fear of humans. You will typically have close encounters with very large rays, green turtles and sealions, as well as schools of sharks such as hammerhead, black tip and white tip. During the warmer months (December to May), the chances of seeing whale sharks around the northern islands are very high, and they can also be spotted around the central islands. During the colder months June to November), the chances of seeing whale sharks are reduced, but there is a higher density of rays, since it is mating season.

DAY 1: IN SEARCH OF THE GIANT TORTOISE

Having been met by an English-speaking naturalist guide at Baltra Airport, you will cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, heading up to a farm in the highlands for a delicious lunch. You will then have the opportunity to explore the area's vegetation and microclimates, as well as pit craters and lava tunnels, and to become acquainted with its endemic Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve you will experience the emblematic giant tortoises in their natural habitat, in addition to the abundant bird life of the highlands. Your afternoon will conclude at Galapagos Safari Camp, with a sunset cocktail followed by dinner.

DAY 2,3&4:POSSIBLE DIVE SITES WITH TWO DIVES PER DAY

FLOREANA ISLAND:One of the older volcanic islands, Floreana has an excellent selection of varied dive sites. Most of the interesting activity takes place in the shallows where the current strikes the reefs. You are likely to see Galapagos sharks, white tip reef sharks, turtles, sting rays, eagle rays, barracudas, sea lions and reef fish.

GORDON ROCKS: An eroded crater at the top of a tuff cone, Gordon Rocks is one of the best dive sites in the central islands. Here you will see hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef sharks, rays, green turtles, sea lions, Galapagos eels, barracudas and reef fish.

NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND: Created by seismic uplift, rather than being of volcanic origin, North Seymour is teeming with life. It is home to many species of shark, including Galapagos, white tip and black tip, as well as eagle rays, green turtles, Galapagos eels, barracudas and reef fish. Cousins Rock: This is a triangular-shaped islet, with a breath-taking vertical wall featuring black coral, invertebrates and molluscs. It is a combination of shoal and wall diving, in the company of Pacific seahorses, frogfish, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef sharks, turtles, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, barracudas, sea lions and reef fish.

BARTOLOME ISLAND: Despite being one of the younger islands, Bartolome's underwater world is very impressive, and the penguins are a highlight There is a 1Om deep platform with an enormous variety of reef fish; and on the edge of the platform there is a 15m deep submarine canyon, home to white tip reef sharks, mobula rays, stingrays, barracudas, turtles and a variety of invertebrates and mollusks.

MOSQUERA ISLET: This rocky islet is a popular gathering place for sea lions, and a large sandy platform boasts an enormous colony of garden eels. The 21m drop-off is an ideal place to watch schools of eagle rays, hammerhead sharks, manta rays and black tip reef sharks to glide by.

DAPHNE ISLET: This is a drift dive along an impressive drop-off at the top of a sloping wall. Close to the islet there are wonderful areas of coral, with sea urchins, starfish and a plethora of cardinal fishes. The area is frequently visited by manta rays, green turtles, sea lions, grunts and snappers, as well as sharks and eagle rays on occasion.

DAY 5: DEPARTURE

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Baltra airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.


Rate per person - based on double occupancy:

in 2016: US$3460

in 2017: US$3600

 

 

NOTES ON THE ITINERARY:

There are no set departure dates
Diving excursions are on a shared basis with a maximum
of 8 pax. and not exclus1vely for GSC guests
Destinations and boat category are subject to availability
This itinerary is subject to change due to National Park regulations or force majeure

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