Land & Sea Explorations
Certified Bilingual Guides
2 Diving Trips
5-Day Galapagos Diving Adventure with Hotel Accommodation
Experience the ultimate Galapagos adventure with our 5-day hotel and diving holiday package. Especially designed for divers of all skill levels seeking a truly immersive experience of the islands’ diverse marine life, with the convenience of a guided tour and comfortable accommodations.
Stay in one of our hand-picked hotels with modern amenities and personalized service, and explore Puerto Ayora at your own pace to discover the vibrant and colorful Galapagos maritime culture, with shops, restaurants, cultural centers, and more just walking distance from your hotel. Spend magical and unforgettable moments discovering this Galapagos Island’s wildlife underwater and on land! Galapagos is famous for its endemic wildlife, and on this diving trip there is no shortage of animal sightings, including iconic giant tortoises and sea turtles, diverse bird species, marine iguanas and sharks .
Why You Will Love This Vacation Package
Partake in not one but two diving day trips to explore the abundant marine fauna that Galapagos is famous for
Enjoy aguided excursion through the lush highlands of the Santa Cruz Island and observe iconic giant tortoises, and walk through an impressive lava tunnel
Experience the bustle of staying in Puerto Ayora, Galapagos’ largest town, where everyday port life and tourism collide
Feel at ease and comfortable in the hands of our carefully selected reputable, local dive shops and certified guides
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Travel Package Details
Rates are per person.
Supplement for single rooms upon request.
*Two travelers: double accommodation
**Three or more travelers: double or triple accommodation
|Budget class hotels
|Mid-range class hotels
|First class hotels
|Deluxe class hotels
|Hotel Galapagos Native
|Hotel Plaza Luna
|Ikala Galapagos Hotel
|Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
|Acacia Galapagos Hotel
|Royal Palm Galapagos
Dependent on flight schedule
Baltra Airport Arrivals Hall
Location of hotel accommodation
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
All year round.
Your Midland Travel consultant will send you the dive sites available for your selected travel dates.
5 days / 4 nights
Transfers and tours on Santa Cruz Island are private, diving tours are shared tours with a maximum of 20 guests.
- Airport transfers from Baltra to Puerto Ayora and return to Baltra
→Baltra bus shuttle
→ Itabaca Channel ferry
→ Private transportation on Santa Cruz Island
- 4 nights bed and breakfast
- 2 shared diving day trips
→Land and/or sea transportation
→ Bilingual (English and Spanish) guide certified by the Galapagos National Park
→ Lunch and snacks on board
→ Diving gear
- Half-day visit to Charles Darwin Station
→ Certified bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
- Half-day visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz
→ Private transportation and certified bilingual guide
→ Entrance fee
- Galapagos National Park fees
→ Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($100 per person, to be paid at Baltra airport)
→ TCT migratory control card ($20 per person, to be paid at Quito or Guayaquil airport)
- Water taxis to and from the day tour yachts ($1 per person per ride)
- Additional activities, transportation and other services not previously mentioned as included
- Additional meals and beverages
- Travel & health insurance
- VAT for Ecuadorian travelers
What to bring
A diving license is mandatory to dive in the Galapagos Islands. Each traveler in your group must bring:
- Diving license
- Diving log book
- Original passport
- Shorts and fast-drying slacks
- T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts of fast-drying materials
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Thongs or sandals for wet landings
- Wind-breaker or light rain jacket
- Hat with a brim
- Bandana to cover the back of your neck from the sun
- Bathing suits
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Sun block (SPF30 or higher)
- Lip balm (SPF30 or higher)
- Insect repellent (mosquitos are not Malaria carrying)
- Multi-purpose zip-lock bags
- Reusable water bottle
Bilingual English and Spanish speaking naturalist guides certified by the Galapagos National Park
Your 5-Day Sample Itinerary in Galapagos
Day 1: Welcome to the Enchanted Islands
Upon your arrival to the Galapagos Islands, you will meet your driver at the airport exit and start your journey from the airport on Baltra Island to the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.
First, you will take a bus from the airport to the Itabaca Channel that separates the two islands. You’ll then cross the channel by ferry. During this short transition from Baltra to Santa Cruz, you will have the chance to observe sea birds fishing. Your driver then takes you from the north coast of Santa Cruz Island to your hotel in the town of Puerto Ayora in the south. The drive takes approximately 45 minutes and leads through the island’s lush highlands. Your hotel is conveniently located at walking distance to the port, the main avenue, many restaurants, as well as the dive shop.
After lunch at a local restaurant, your guide will pick you up and you head to the Charles Darwin Station that is located a little outside of Puerto Ayora. Here, you will visit the interpretation center and the breeding center for giant tortoises. At the interpretation center, you’ll learn about the continuous work of the Galapagos National Park and its allies to protect the archipelago’s unique and fragile ecosystems and species. At the breeding center for giant tortoises, you can watch hatchlings and adult tortoises, and your guide will show you how to distinguish different tortoise species.
After this visit, your guide drops you at the dive shop, so you can try your diving gear, sign the release form and receive important information about tomorrow’s diving day trip. From the dive shop, it is a short walk back to your hotel.
Meals included: Lunch
Day 2: Galapagos Underwater Magic
After an early breakfast, you will head out to meet your guide and other divers to start today’s diving adventure. As most dive sites lie in the north, you will first journey to the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island by car and board the diving boat at Itabaca Channel. If you go to a southern dive site like Floreana, you will board the boat directly in Puerto Ayora (the dive sites available will depend on the dates of your booking). The transfer to the dive site usually takes 45-90 minutes.
As you get closer to the first dive site, your bilingual guide will brief you on the site and the dive that you are about to do. At around 10 AM, you’ll enjoy your first Galapagos dive to explore the abundant marine wildlife for approximately one hour.
After the first dive, you’ll get back on board and while you warm up, the boat usually navigates a short distance to a second dive site. At around noon, you will be enjoying your second dive of the day.
After about one hour, you will get back on board, dry off and enjoy lunch. While navigating back to Santa Cruz Island, you can exchange stories with your fellow divers and ask your guide questions. You will be back at the dive shop in Puerto Ayora at around 3 PM. There, you can update your log book, check out the pictures and videos of the dives and receive information for tomorrow’s diving day trip.
Meals included: Breakfast (or box breakfast), lunch
Day 3: Exploring the Galapagos Waters
Today you go on another diving day tour to further explore the Galapagos marine wildlife by doing two more dives. In Galapagos, you have the chance to swim with turtles, sea lions, rays, sharks and other fish. If you are lucky, you might encounter manta rays and/or hammerhead sharks.
There are seven different diving day trips from Puerto Ayora. We send you the list of available dive sites with your quotation and you may choose your favorite options. Our Midland Travel Galapagos experts are able to recommend dive sites for you according to your interests and experience.
Most dive sites in the Galapagos Islands are suitable for beginners. Only for the diving day trip to Gordon Rocks, a minimum experience of 25-30 logged dives is required.
Meals included: Breakfast (or box breakfast), lunch
Day 4: Iconic Wildlife Ashore
After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the ever-green highlands of Santa Cruz Island. There you’ll hike through a ranch where you can observe giant tortoises in their natural habitat. If you are lucky, you might see some of these gentle giants taking a relaxing mud bath. Apart from tortoises, you can also observe different birds like ducks, waders and Darwin’s finches. Another highlight in the highlands are the lava tunnels, through which you can walk. Your guide will explain how these formed.
After lunch in the highland, your guide will drop you at the hotel and you’ll then be free to enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. We recommend a visit to the paradisiac beach at Tortuga Bay. The hike to the beach takes approximately 45 minutes and leads through an arid forest. On the way, you can stop at Laguna de las Ninfas, a small brackish lagoon surrounded by three types of mangroves. If you do not want to hike to the beach, you can take a water taxi from the port to the bay.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch
Day 5: Good-Bye Galapagos
If your flight schedule permits it, you can stroll through Puerto Ayora and buy Galapagos souvenirs after breakfast. At an agreed-upon time (3 hours before flight departure), your driver will arrive at the hotel to pick you up and transfer you to Baltra airport.
The specific hotel and the order of the tours will be confirmed at booking.
The itinerary is subject to change in case of circumstances out of our control. These may include bad weather conditions, late arrival of flights, orders of the national park, amongst others.
Midland Travel recommends all passengers to have travel insurance that includes personal medical insurance and trip cancellation.
A holiday surcharge may apply for Easter, Christmas and New Year’s departures.
Level of difficulty: Moderate to challenging
Currents in the Galapagos Islands can be unpredictable and strong at times.
Our vacation packages can be adjusted to your needs and preferences, please contact us to receive a personalized offer.
If you have any food restrictions, special health requirements or needs, please let us know in advance.