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AQUA YACHT / DIVING

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The days on-board normally begin early to make the most out of your time on the islands. Wake up call around 7 am, unless activities start earlier

A DAY ABOARD M/Y AQUA:

Upon returning on-board you will either have a snack and have some time to relax; or lunch (depending on the duration of the morning programme).

We will often head towards the next site on the itinerary while you are enjoying lunch.

Upon arrival the afternoon programme will begin. Normally this ends before dinner is ready which means some leisure time for you to relax and refresh.

During or after dinner the motor yacht starts moving again to make sure you’ll wake up to a different view to the night before.

ITINERARIES

YOUR TRAVEL GUIDE

  • Baltra North East
  • Bartolome
  • Cousin’s Rock
  • Wolf Island
  • Darwin Island
  • Vicente Roca Point
  • Cape Douglas
  • Roca Blanca
  • Pinzon
  • Highlands

DEPARTURES:

      DATE            ¦       ITI.        ¦      PRICE

 Nov. 28 / Dec. 02            A (4D-3N)                $ 0000
 Nov. 28 / Dec. 02            A (4D-3N)                $ 0000
 Nov. 28 / Dec. 02            A (4D-3N)                $ 0000
DAY 1: TUESDAY
AM: Baltra
Upon arrival at Seymour Ecological Airport, a check-up is carried out first, to ensure that no foreign plant or animal species are introduced on the islands. Furthermore, your TCC (Transit Control Card) is stamped; this must be kept safe during your trip, as it has to be presented again on your return flight. In addition, entrance to the Galapagos National Park is due for entry (US $ 100), if this has not yet been paid. Your guide will meet you at the airport, assist you with the luggage and accompany you on the short bus ride to the harbour of Puerto Ayora. Here you will climb aboard the yacht Aqua. After greeting the crew and the captain, your cabins will be assigned to you and then you will enjoy your first lunch on-board.
PM: Baltra North East
This is the perfect spot to start your adventure with moderate currents.This dive site is for adventurous divers looking to see fascinating lava and rock formations, as well as an incredible number of marine species. At the depth of around 20 m (60 ft) we might see white-tip reef sharks, pelagic fish, reef fish, rays, and turtles. Additionally, sea lions will be your companions upon entry and on the safety stops. Occasionally, hammerhead sharks can be spotted swimming nearby.

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY

AM: Bartolome
Located east of Santiago Island, this small island is known for its unique spear-like pinnacle. Beneath the waves we dive over, we will go around a rocky platform and float around underwater cliffs that start at 15m and disappear into the sea bed, giving us a good chance to see pelagic animals.
You can expect to see some of the following marine life: seahorses, white tip reef sharks, reef fish (including large schools of hunting yellow tailed surgeonfish), barracudas, turtles, mobula rays, sting rays, scorpion stone fish, and various invertebrates.
PM: Cousin´s Rock
Cousin’s rock is located north-east of Santiago island, near Bartolome. This site has a unique and stunning topography of jagged rocky shelves where animals, both big and small, can be found resting and feeding. It is one of the few places where you can see endemic black coral amongst the riot of colourful clams, algae, flora and fauna that cover the rocks like splashes of paint. During our surface interval, look out for penguins that inhabit the surrounding area.
You can expect to see some of the following Marine Life: sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef sharks, turtles, seahorses, barracudas, stingrays, eagle rays, manta rays and reef fish (including large schools of floating bullseye pufferfish).

DAY 3: THURSDAY

AM / PM:Wolf IslandsNamed after the German geologist Theodor Wolf, this extinct volcano reaches 253m (780ft) above sea level and lies around 160km (100m) northwest of Isabela Island. Land visits are not permitted, however, bird life such as: red-footed boobies and vampire finches may be spotted from the boat.

For our dives, we choose from a selection of reefs and walls, most have medium to strong currents, where the use of gloves and reef hooks is advised. Schooling pelagics are the main attraction, but you can also see hammerheads, white tips and Galapagos sharks in the sites (May-November).

DAY 4: FRIDAY

AM / PM: Darwin Islands
A volcano that reaches 165m (490ft) above sea level was named in honour of naturalist Charles Darwin. It is amongst the smallest island within the Galapagos Archipelago and like Wolf Island, no land visits are permitted.
One of the most famed diving sites is “Darwin’s Arch”, which provides an amazing drift dive along the wall at an average depth of just 9m. Medium to strong currents are to be expected, but you bring with them many hammerheads, black tips, silky and Galapagos sharks! Schools of jacks are a common sight, along with turtles, angelfish and moray eels. Occasional sightings of tiger sharks, manta rays and bottlenose dolphins make for a thrilling time. Whale sharks may also be seen between May – November.

DAY 5: SATURDAY

AM / PM:Wolf Islands

Named after the German geologist Theodor Wolf, this extinct volcano reaches 253m (780ft) above sea level and lies around 160km (100m) northwest of Isabela Island. Land visits are not permitted, however, bird life such as: red-footed boobies and vampire finches may be spotted from the boat.

For our dives, we choose from a selection of reefs and walls, most have medium to strong currents, where the use of gloves and reef hooks is advised. Schooling pelagics are the main attraction, but you can also see hammerheads, white tips and Galapagos sharks in the sites (May-November).

DAY 6: SUNDAY

AM: Vicente Roca Point

We will cross the Bolivar Channel for the last time to Vicente Roca Point, just at the mouth of Isabela’s seahorse-shape. While entering a dark cave below a spectacular arch, roaring echoes of the waves will accompany you. Just around the corner, the collapsed amphitheatre of Volcan Ecuador offers another impressive view. The calmer waters of the coves are well-protected against the ocean swell and are great place for snorkelling amongst various species of shark, penguins, puffer fish and even seahorses!

PM: Cape Douglas

Cape Douglas is sure to provide you amazing opportunities to observe a large amount of marine life, above and under the water! As you prepare for your dive, you can see Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos Flightless Cormorants, and Galapagos Marine Iguanas- animals only found exclusively on the Islands. A sure sight is incredible marine iguanas swimming and feeding on the rocks under the surface. Some marine life you may see are: Red-lipped Batfish, Horn Sharks, Mola Mola, and possibly Baleen Whales!

DAY 7: MONDAY

AM: Roca Blanca

For divers, Roca Blanca is a mecca for sea life. Located on the South East coast of Isabela Island, it’s one of the best diving sites the central islands offer. Due to the cooler and waters in the central islands, this increases the diversity of marine life. You will get to see amazing life here, such as: shark, manta & eagle rays, sea lions, moray eels, lobsters, and a vast population of tropical fish.

PM: Pinzón

It is a small island located off the western coast of Santa Cruz, about 1 hour from Puerto Ayora. It is a great spot for beginners and experienced divers, offering many playful sea lions, turtles, and red lipped batfish. The deep drop off wall is for more experienced divers, and is a great spot to see sea horses, rays, different species of sharks, and lobster. In the warmer months, Pinzon is a favourite site for the Manta Rays and pods of dolphins.

DAY 8: TUESDAY

AM: Highlands

The road to the highlands leaves from Bellavista, a small village located a 15-minute drive from Puerto Ayora, and passes through the agricultural zone, near the National Park boundary, the Miconia Zone, and then goes to the Fern and Sedge zone. With clear weather, this area boasts beautiful scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery all year round. Here you will visit the Twin Craters, which are two pit craters, as well as a local ranch where we can observe the giant tortoise of Santa Cruz Island in its natural habitat.

PM: Baltra Airport

It’s time to say goodbye to Galapagos! It’s been a pleasure accompanying you on this unique trip and hope to see you again very soon!
Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to the Seymour Ecological Airport, where we will take the shuttle back to the airport.
In case you have booked your trip for a longer stay with us, we would be welcoming any potential new fellow passengers to the yacht, and continue our trip to the next visiting site!

IMPORTANT NOTES

1: All rates are in US Dollars per person.

2: Peak Season Rates apply to following departures: Dec 24-29; Dec 29-Jan 2, 2020.

3: All rates are subject to change in the event of local tax increases or circumstances that are beyond our control.

4: The cruise itinerary is subject to change at any time due to circumstances that are beyond our control.

RATES & BOOKING

Price varies on season and on the length of the tour. Please give us a call +17073403778  / +593991946532 or send us a message info@tourguideecuador.com to make your reservations to know about availability and price for your chosen cruise with the Santa Cruz.

CRUISE INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in Lower & main deck: Full lower bed + 1 single bunk bed in the lower and main deck and 2 single bunk beds in the upper deck. Includes private facilities in all cabins.
  • All meals, water, tea & coffee
  • All excursions as described in the programme (subject to change) with bilingual guide (Spanish / English)
  • Airport assistance at Quito airport (when flight and cruise are booked together)
  • All transfers to Galapagos (Airport-Yacht-Airport only included when booked together)
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Bath and beach towels

* Single travellers share a cabin with a person of the same sex, unless a single room is booked and the single room surcharge is paid (guaranteed single cabin). Individuals who are willing to share their cabin are exempt from the single room supplement, even if no fellow traveller is added.

CRUISE DOES NOT INCLUDE

Roundtrip flight to Galapagos Islands (USD 500); Galapagos National Park entrance fee (USD 100 pp, subject to change); Transit Control Card (USD 20 pp, subject to change); Airport transfers in Galapagos (only included if the Galapagos flight has been booked through us on the scheduled cruise dates. * If your arrival/departure is different than our scheduled cruise flights, the shuttle service is not included); Wetsuit rental; Soft and alcoholic drinks; Tips; Travel insurance and other items of personal nature.

CANCELLATIONS POLICIES

Scheduled tour bookings are not confirmed until payment is received ( by Paypal or wire transfer bank*).

In any event, Hidden Secrets strongly advises you to take out travel insurance… its well worth the piece of mind.

We always suggest a call, email or text the day prior to your tour to ensure all your details are as they should be. It is not obligatory, but it helps.

If confirmed standard departure tour bookings are cancelled the following fees apply:

More than 7 days in advance – 10% of original fee.

3-7 days in advance – 50% of tour cost.

Within 72 hours of     commencement – refunds will not be available.

If changes are made more than 6 days prior to original booking there is no charge.. the rebooked date must be within 2 months.