After your early flight from Quito to Galapagos (Baltra Airport) transportation will take you to Puerto Ayora. In addition to getting settled in your hotel, this afternoon is free for you to visit the Charles Darwin Station, where you can get plenty information about the Galapagos Islands.The Charles Darwin Station is free for visitors. Before dinner the dive master will meet you in the Hotel to organize everything related to your next two days of diving.
After breakfast your guide will take you to Mosquera Islet, an easily accessed scuba diving site. Mosquera is located between North Seymour and Baltra. The maximum depth for this dive site is 30m and currents are generally mild. This site is famous for the sea lions that come and play during the dive. Sharks, turtles, rays, barracudas and tropical fish are also common in this area.
Another wonderful day diving in Bartolome and Cousins offers fascinating underwater landscapes, complete with terraced steps that descend to 30 meters before dropping down to a sandy bottom at 40 meters. The steps are covered with soft black coral, and are an excellent place to find pacific seahorses. The overhangs from some of the steps are the favorite places of the White Tipped reef sharks, green sea turtles, large moray eels, as well as octopi. Manta rays, hammerheads, schools of barracudas, other reef fish can also be seen at these sites and off into the blue.
This day will offer some morning free time where it is recommended to spend time in Torutga Bay. This luxurious white sand beach is a great place to see marine iguanas and have the opportunity to go kayaking along the coast. Many travelers spot Tintoreras sharks while exploring here. In the afternoon, your transportation will pick you up from the hotel in Puerto Ayora at 12:30, and after lunch you will take a speed boat to Isabela (2 hours), where you will visit the Flamingo Lagoon and spend the night relaxing.
After an early breakfast, you’ll take an exciting excursion to the Sierra Negra volcano. This volcano is located 13 miles from Port Villamil and has the second largest volcanic crater in the world, measuring 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. To arrive at this incredible sight, travel in a bus or similar vehicle for 45 minutes to the Galapagos National Park where you will register our visit and begin our hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano. Proceed to the Volcan Chico where you can feel the warmth of the ground as proof of the volcano’s activity.
Here you’ll stop for a box lunch before returning to the hotel. After a brief rest, you’ll have the chance to go snorkeling or swimming at Concha Perla where you can observe the colourful fish, sea urchins, starfish, sea lions, or even sea turtles. Hotel Accommodation provided.
An early morning speedboat will take us back to Puerto Ayora, and after a quick breakfast you will head to the airport to catch your flight to go back to Quito.