Daily Tours / Puerto Ayora

Daily Tours / Puerto Ayora

Galápagos is a very special place that you do not want to miss on your next visit to Ecuador, it is a unique place in the world full of beautiful marine landscapes and species such as sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, hammerhead sharks, whales, coral reefs, iguanas, lizards, cormorants, albatrosses, sea lions and penguins. In 1979 it was declared by Unesco as Natural Heritage of Humanity and six years later as a Biosphere Reserve in 1985. If you plan to travel to Galápagos and you have not yet planned your trip and do not want to take a cruise, go for an Island Hoping and choose to visit the Islands that you like.

Isabela is one of the youngest islands, is located on the western edge of the archipelago near the Galápagos hotspot. The Island was formed by the merger of 6 shield volcanoes – Alcedo, Cerro Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra, and Wolf at approximately 1 million years ago. All of these volcanoes except Ecuador are still active, making it one of the most volcanically active places on earth. In Isabela you can see many species like penguins, cormorants, marine iguanas, boobies, pelicans and Sally Lightfoot crabs abound. Galápagos land iguanas, Darwin’s finches, Galápagos hawks, Galápagos doves, and very interesting lowland vegetation. In Concha Perla you will enjoy the snorkel.

Daily departure
$145.00

  • Lunch on board with fruits
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Towels
  • Water
  • Snacks on board
  • Transfer in-out from the hotel
  • Tax in Isabela $5.00
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Important notes:

  • Itineraries and programme are subject to change without previous notice due mainly to readjustment of the National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes or safety reasons.
  • Night diving allowed in selected locations only
  • All rentals and Nitrox are subject to a 12% IVA (VAT) tax
  • All payments on board cash only

Isabela is one of the youngest islands, is located on the western edge of the archipelago near the Galápagos hotspot. The Island was formed by the merger of 6 shield volcanoes – Alcedo, Cerro Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra, and Wolf at approximately 1 million years ago. All of these volcanoes except Ecuador are still active, making it one of the most volcanically active places on earth. In Isabela you can see many species like penguins, cormorants, marine iguanas, boobies, pelicans and Sally Lightfoot crabs abound. Galápagos land iguanas, Darwin’s finches, Galápagos hawks, Galápagos doves, and very interesting lowland vegetation. The islet Las Tintoreras is located south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small bay of completely calm turquoise waters, where you can appreciate sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, etc. The bay is connected to a crevice of crystal clear water, that’s shallow and when the tide is low, the entrance closes. In this crevice, you can see how reef sharks swim along with other small fish and sea lions.

$195.00
Daily departure 07:00am

  • Lunch on board with fruits
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Towels
  • Water
  • Snacks on board
  • Transfer in-out from the hotel
  • Tax in Isabela $5.00
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Floreana Island has, arguably, the most interesting human history of all of the Galapagos Islands. It is the site of the first “post office”, established in 1793 by whalers, and it was the home to the first Galapagos resident. Floreana was the first island to be colonized by Ecuadorians in 1832. It was a penal colony that didn’t last long because of the lack of fresh water. A fish canning plant was established there by Norwegian immigrants in 1924; it lasted only a couple of years.

$195.00
Daily departure 07:00am

  • Lunch on board with fruits
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Towels
  • Water
  • Snacks on board
  • Transfer in-out from the hotel
  • Tax in Isabela $5.00
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Dry landing, the dock is often taken over by large male sea-lions and their young, so before it is safe to land the guides have to shoo them away by clapping. Step carefully over the white guano and crab-covered rocks. As your eyes get used to the glare, you’ll spot the land iguanas under the shadows of the Opuntia. These are one of the smallest subspecies of land iguanas. The trail heads up a gentle incline to a steep cliff. The vegetation belongs to the arid and littoral zones; half the island covered with saltbush, leatherleaf (Maytenus), and thorn scrub (Scutia pauciflora). The side with the trail is treeless, but covered with a rock-garden-like mat of the endemic sea purslane whose succulent leaves turn red from May to December.

$245.00
Departure days: Wednesday & Saturday 07:00am / Thursday & Sunday 08:00am

  • Lunch on board with fruits
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Towels
  • Water
  • Snacks on board
  • Transfer in-out from the hotel
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Lying just to the north of Baltra, Seymour is a low island consisting of uplifted submarine lava. The dry landing on black basaltic lava can be slippery. After a short climb over the “pillow lavas” the rest of the trail is flat and easy, apart from some boulders on the frigatebird loop. The landing is rich in wildlife: sea-lions, swallow-tailed gulls, lava gulls, tropicbirds, brown noddy terns and pelicans. The trail is a large loop; you can either go clockwise along the shore or head inland to visit the booby colony first.

$255.00
Departure days: Wednesday & Saturday 07:00am / Thursday & Sunday 08:00am

  • Lunch on board with fruits
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Towels
  • Water
  • Snacks on board
  • Transfer in-out from the hotel
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Bartolomé Island was named after Sir Bartholomew James Sulivan, a friend of Charles Darwin who served as principal surveyor and second-lieutenant aboard the HMS Beagle. Bartolomé is a barren islet in Sullivan Bay to the east of Santiago Island. Bartolomé is home to a distinctive and recognizable site of the archipelago: Pinnacle Rock, a volcanic cone, was formed when magma was expelled from an underwater volcano; the sea cooled the hot lava, which then exploded, only to come together and form this huge rock made up of many thin layers of basalt. Visitors to Bartolomé may recognize the island and Pinnacle Rock from the 2003 blockbuster movie “Master and Commander.”

The Galapagos Penguins, the second smallest penguin species in the world, have established a small breeding colony in a cave behind Pinnacle Rock.

$275.00
Departure days: Tuesday & Friday 07:00am / Monday 06:00am

  • Lunch on board with fruits
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Towels
  • Water
  • Snacks on board
  • Transfer in-out from the hotel
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

We will sail for about an hour to Santa Fe Island. From the yacht, we will observe a forest of giant cactus that is endemic to this island. We can also observe colonies of seabirds, such as pelicans, blue-footed boobies and seagulls. We will have the opportunity to snorkel in a bay of very calm waters of turquoise tonality where a large number of sea lions inhabit; we will swim along with harmless manta rays, tropical fish and sea turtles. We will have the lunch on board and continue our trip to Playa Escondida, there we will have a moment of relax.

$145.00
Departures days: Monday & Friday 07:00am

  • Lunch on board with fruits
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Towels
  • Water
  • Snacks on board
  • Transfer in-out from the hotel
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

We start the trip from the Puerto Ayora Municipal Pier to take the boat that will take us to the Lobería, “the home of the sea lions”. This small island is located 30 minutes from Puerto Ayora. Around the boat we snorkel in the company of sea lions of all sizes and fish of a thousand colors for 30 to 40 minutes. Later we go to the Canal del Amor, characteristic for its romantic atmosphere, and the large number of blue-footed boobies flying over the area. Next to this place we have the Channel of Sharks, a place in which we experience opposing sensations, mystery and charm. We will also visite the “Playa de los Perros”, where we arrived after about 30 minutes of walking, along a path of Cactus Opuntia and Iguanas Marinas. At the end of the path we find the confluence of turbulent waters and volcanic rocks, on which run hastily colored zayapas. We watched pelicans and blue-footed boobies hovering over the area. Finally we headed to Las Grietas, a wonderful turquoise lagoon of brackish water, surrounded by 2 gigantic rock walls. This spectacular site is great for observing fish schools.

$57.00
Daily departure morning or afternoon

  • Lunch on board with fruits
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Towels
  • Water
  • Snacks on board
  • Transfer in-out from the hotel
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Pinzón Island, named for the brothers Pinzón, captains of the Pinta and the Niña on Columbus’ voyage to the New World, sits at the center of the archipelago. Surrounded by deep waters, Pinzón has remained isolated from all other islands for years. The island is dominated by rocks, low spiny vegetation, and sparse tree growth. With a summit higher than most of the other arid Galapagos Islands, Pinzón experiences garúa, the heavy mist that occurs on the higher islands during the dry season. Because of this, many epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants, upon which they depend on for mechanical support but not for nutrients), including ferns and bromeliads, are found on Pinzón even on Opuntia cactus. Common animals on Pinzón include Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves, vermilion flycatchers, Galapagos snakes, and its own species of lava lizard and giant tortoise.

$180.00
Departure days: Saturday & Sunday 07:00am

  • Lunch on board with fruits
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Towels
  • Water
  • Snacks on board
  • Transfer in-out from the hotel
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Chinese Hat or Sombrero Chino is a small island approximately 200 m off the southeastern coast of Santiago. The small channel of turquoise water provides a beautiful snorkeling site, particularly along the Santiago coast where it is possible to see sharks, sea lions, penguins, and rays. Chinese Hat is a small islet composed of delicate lava and spatter cones. Seen from the north, the small volcanic cone is the shape of a Chinese Hat. The short visitor trail runs along the west coast of the island.

$275.00
Departures only on Wednesday 06:00am

  • Lunch on board with fruits
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Towels
  • Water
  • Snacks on board
  • Transfer in-out from the hotel
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

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