Welcome to the place which greatly contributed to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. A true paradise for nature lovers and divers alike. We have combined the best scenery and wildlife, both under and above the surface. Explore the Galapagos Islands with Xwander and enjoy the trip of your life time!
The Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978, has an astounding 97 percent of its more than 45,000 square kilometres/28,000 square miles preserved as a national park. A truly unique cluster of less than twenty volcanic islands, the Galapagos Islands is an internationally acclaimed dive destination some 900 kilometres/560 miles west of South America. Best known for Charles Darwin’s visit in 1835 aboard the HMS Beagle (where the variety of endemic species captured the geologist’s attention and his observations there contributed to the publication of On the Origin of Species) the Galapagos Islands have become a vital international center for conservation and science.
Located at a major intersection of several ocean currents, these islands are home to a staggering array of marine life, nearly 20 percent of which is found nowhere else on earth.
In these waters divers need truly reliable guides and diving vessel with captain who know he’s game. www.humboldtexplorer.com is one of the best in Galapagos and the safari boat is top class in every way. Throughout all the 17-dives of safari we will be guided by local proffessionals and on board there is crew who takes care that this week on the ocean will be enjoyed by everyone. Humboldt Explorer accommodates 16 passengers in 8 air-conditioned double cabins on main and lower decks. All cabins have ocean view, TV/ DVD, hot water , private bathrooms and showers.
To make the trip complete we have added to the program an excursion to Quito. Also we are going to visit the famous Tortuga Bay and Santa Cruz Island to see marine iguanas, Galapagos crabs and turtles who have lived longer than anyone else on the earth.
Daily Schedule & Route
1 Dive at Isla Lobos
Guests fly to the Galapagos Islands from Mainland Ecuador, arriving in the late morning. The dive guides will meet the guests at the airport and escort them to the Humboldt Explorer. Guests will board the vessel after 1:00pm, have lunch and listen to the briefings. After the briefings, the Humboldt Explorer will depart for a short crossing to Isla Lobos for a check out dive and safety briefing. After dinner the vessel will depart to the next scheduled destination
6:30 and 9:30 dives
Sightings include rays and schools of fish. Afternoon North Seymour land visit. Walk the path around North Seymour Island to see the large colonies of Blue Footed Boobies and Frigate Birds. Sighting of Sea Lions and Marine Iguanas are also common. Depart for Northern Islands. (16+ hour transit)
6:30, 10:30, 2:00 and 4:30 dives. Possible night dive.
Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks. Night anchor at Wolf Island
Transit to Darwin Island (2 Dives)
2:00 and 4:30 dives
Sightings often include hammerheads, red-lipped batfish, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks
6:30, 10:30, 2:00 and 4:30 dives
Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season) eagle rays, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks. Transit to Wolf Island
6:30, 9:00 and 11:00 dives
Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks
Long transit to Cousin’s Rock (20+ hours)
6:30 and 9:30 dives
This is a great macro diving with an excellent chance of seeing sea horses, sea lions and eagle rays
Lunch will be served while transiting to Santa Cruz (3 hours). Travel by bus to the Santa Cruz Highlands to visit the giant tortoises in their natural habitat
Visit the town of Puerto Ayora and the Darwin Centre on your own. Dinner on your own in Puerto Ayora. Return to the Humboldt Explorer at 8:30pm
Depart the vessel by 9 am. Guests are free to visit the beach in town to see sea lions and marine iguanas in their natural habitat or take a short walk to the Interpretive Centre
- 22.11 Transfer from Quito airport ( 2hours) to the Rio Amazonas 4* hotel, where we stay 2 nights (breakfast inside the price)
- 23.11 After breakfast excursion in Quito
- 24.11 Quito – San Cristóbal
- 24.11 – 01.12 Galapagos Island diving safari (17 dives)
- 01.12 – 02.12 Accommodation in santa Cruz Island (Hotel Galapagos Suites)