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GALAPAGOS LAND BASED LUXURY - MULTI-ISLAND LODGE TOURS

We organise multi-island land-based alternatives to week-long liveaboards, with quality accommodation on the four inhabited islands of the archipelago with and excellent excursions in very small groups. These are excellent options for those who don’t want to spend eight nights on a boat with little escape from other people, or for mixed groups of divers and non-divers. Whilst the neoprene lovers go off and dive, the landlubbers can go on one of the many fascinating activities to see the terrestrial wonders that led Darwin to come to his famous conclusions regarding the evolution of species. Families with diviing parents and non-diving children catered for.

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8-day / 7-night Galapagos Explorer

Islands visited
Santa Cruz, Floreana, Isabela
 
Day 1: Quito or Guayaquil - Santa Cruz
AM: Baltra Airport. Ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island (10-minute ride). Arrival at Santa Cruz around 11:30 AM (depending on your flight schedule).
PM: After lunch the adventure starts with an Academy Bay dive at Loberia where you will do a 1 tank check out dive and get a taste of what is to come!
Tropical fish abound with the chance to see white tip reef sharks, sea lions and rays!
Briefing and dinner at Aventura lodge.
 
 
 
 
Day 2: Santa Cruz - Floreana
AM: Breakfast at the Lodge. Diving around Santa Cruz with opportunities to see Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Hammerheads, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Shark, Stingrays, Marbled Rays, Tiger Snake Eels, Moray Eels, Garden Eels, Sea Stars, Sea Turtles, Jacks, Blue and Gold Snappers, Flag Cabrilla, Creolefish, King Angelfish, Barracuda, Heiroglyphic Hawkfish, Frogfish, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Spotfin Burrfish, Scorpionfish, Cardinalfish, Nudibranch and more! 
PM; Lunch will be served at the hotel. After that, departure to Floreana, our navigation will take two hours approximately, according to sea conditions. Arrival at Floreana Island. Visit to Black Beach to enjoy this beautiful spot and swim, snorkel, or simply relax by enjoying the special scenery. Check in at Floreana Lodge
BBQ dinner at a local restaurant to enjoy Galapagueña food and the warm hospitality of one of the first families to arrive at the island and learn from them about the mysteries of Floreana.
 
Day 3: Floreana
AM: Breakfast at a local restaurant. Diving in Floreana. with opportunities to see Green Sea Turtles, Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Hammerheads, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Stingrays, Marbled Rays, Tiger Snake Eels, Moray Eels, Garden Eels, Sea Stars, Sea Turtles, Jacks, Blue and Gold Snappers, Flag Cabrilla, Creolefish, King Angelfish, Barracuda, Heiroglyphic Hawkfish, Frogfish, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Spotfin Burrfish, Scorpionfish, Cardinalfish, Nudibranch and more. After that, lunch at a local restaurant.
PM: After lunch enjoy an exciting walk to "la lobería" one of the most beautiful spots in Floreana where you can observe sea lions playing around. Also you will have time to discover the amazing wildlife around the town and be ready to take great pictures and capture the beauty of the Islands as a reminder of this memorable experience.
Dinner at a local restaurant.
 
Day 4: Floreana - Isabela
 
AM: Breakfast at the local restaurant. Diving in Floreana. Departure at 11:00 AM for Isabela. Sailing time is 1.5 to 2 hours.We will arrive at Isabela between 12:30 and 1:00 PM. Arriving in the port is a visual feast, with stunning green and turquoise water so clear you can see turtles, sea lions, and penguins as though looking through glass. We will check into the Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge and have a hot, wholesome lunch. (Time may change according to sea conditions).
 
 
PM:Departure to "Las Tintoreras" and Bay Tour. After lunch, we will board a smaller craft to head out across the port, slowing down to view blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins sharing the same rocky sunbathing space, before turning a bend and docking. From there we take an intriguing walk through a jagged lava field, passing abundant colonies of marine iguanas, to see a small canal full of resting white-tipped reef sharks. If the tide is low, they are sometimes a mere two feet below the surface.
 
 
The views from here are something you may carry with you for the rest of your life! The black, treacherous lava field, the emerald green sea, the forest green mangrove, and the cloud-capped volcanoes of Isla Isabela create an afternoon backdrop you are not likely to ever forget.
Once you return to the dock, you can snorkel in this warm, shallow bay surrounded by mangrove, for an opportunity to see white-tipped reef sharks, sea lions, penguins, and, of course, the mystery of the mangrove below the surface. Don't worry, white-tipped reef sharks are not aggressive, merely fascinating.
You’ll have time to relax and shower before briefing and dinner in the Lodge at 7:00.
 
 
Day 5: Isabela
AMAfter breakfast you will depart for 4 Hermanos for 2 dives where you will have a chance to see Sea Horses, Mantas, Stingrays, Sea Turtles, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Hammerheads, King Angelfish, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Barberfish, Blue-Chin Parrotfish, Bumphead Parrotfish, Galapagos Groupers, Galapagos Sheephead, Harlequin Wrasse, Grey Grunts, Tuna, Barracuda, Corals, Tubes and more. Possibility of Sunfish and Orcas. 
PM: Return to the lodge for lunch then enjoy a free afternoon to enjoy the 3 ½ Kilometer white sand beach or take the complimentary bicycles to explore Puerto Villamil at your leisure. Briefing and dinner at the Lodge.
 
 
Day 6: Isabela
AM: After breakfast you will depart for 4 Hermanos for 2 dives.
PM: Late lunch at Isabela Lodge, time to relax and discover Isabela on your own.
 
Day 7: Isabela - Santa Cruz
AM: Breakfast at the lodge. After breakfast ride through town enjoying the simplicity of this traditional island and search for the Flamingo spots. Visit the Galapagos National Park Isabela Breeding Station where you will be able to know the different species of Galapagos tortoises, the growing process from the new-borns up to the centenary individuals found on this station. Hike along a beautiful boardwalk for about 45 minutes enjoying part of the Isabela wetlands, with high opportunities to see flamingos and other stunning birds. Before returning to the lodge, visit the well-known Playa del Amor (Love Beach) and enjoy the magical feeling of this organic sand beach surrounded by mangroves. Back to the lodge for lunch.
 
 
PM: Lunch at Isabela Lodge and depart to Santa Cruz at 1 PM. Sailing time is 1.5 to 2 hours. Arrive in Puerto Ayora and check in at Aventura Lodge followed by a  guided tour to the fascinating Charles Darwin Research Station where you can learn about the Galapagos and meet the most famous giant tortoise: Lonesome George and a whole load of other interesting creatures. Dinner and overnight at Aventura Lodge.
 
Day 8: Santa Cruz to Quito or Guayaquil
AM:Breakfast at the lodge. Depart three hours before your flight in order to arrive back at the Baltra Airport the requested 1.5 hours before your flight. Transport and guide included from the hotel to the airport.
 
 
IMPORTANT NOTES:
 
Rates include:
10% Service Charge as per Ecuadorian Law.
All Meals mentioned on the programs.
Soft drinks during meals.
Excursions with a Freelance English speaking Naturalist guide, provided by the Galapagos National Park.
Free internet wireless service while in Santa Cruz and Isabela.
When in Puerto Ayora free use of bikes.
25% discount for children under 10 years old.
All snorkelling gear.
All diving equipment except dive computers which can be rented separately.
 
Rates do not include:
Air ticket to /from Galapagos (Inquire with us about flight schedules and prices)
Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 International visitors). Must be paid with cash
Control Visitor Card ($10). Must be paid with cash
Personal expenses
Alcoholic Beverages
Gratuities
 
 Accommodation      Suite -Ocean View       Superior  -  Ocean View         Standard - Mangrove View 
 Single/Person                  $ 5095                        $ 4365                             $ 3780 
 Double / Person              $ 3975                        $ 3610                             $ 3318 
 Triple  / Person              $ 3894                        $ 3359                             $ 3163 
 
 
Air ticket prices (subject to change)
 Quito - Galapagos - Quito                $ 525
Guayaquil - Galapagos - Guayaquil    $ 456
 
 

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