Wolf and Darwin Islands are included on every trip. The Galapagos Sky itinerary has two days with long overnight navigations in order to get to these crown jewels of world class diving.
You will enjoy 3 dives per day at Wolf and Darwin.
While diving the “central islands” on your Galapagos Sky cruise you will experience the diversity of Galapagos diving. Besides our resident mantas, sharks, and whale sharks, this is also the time to photograph little Galapagos invertebrates in vibrant color as well as keep an eye out for mola molas.
During your time in the central islands, you’ll also walk in the steps of Charles Darwin, with 1 guided land excursion on the island of Santa Cruz. You will visit the Highlands in search of the Galapagos Turtles in their natural habitat and also explore the lava tubes. The second land experience you will enjoy will occur on Sunday morning at the Interpretation Centre in San Cristobal before your return flight to Ecuador.
Sunday (Day of Arrival)
Lobos - Check out dive. Protected area at 20 feet. Dive with Sea Lions. This is a short dive in a sandy bottom with the focus of checking the skills of every diver. As the sun sets you will circumvent Kicker Rock where you can look for the Blue footed booby birds.
Morning - Marshall Island (1 dive). At Cape Marshall, on the eastern side of Isabela island, we encounter rocky volcanic cliffs which drop down to the ocean floor as an almost vertical wall. There is the chance that you may encounter manta rays, marble rays, hammerhead sharks, mola mola (oceanic sun fish) and marine turtles. Also keep an eye out for chevron barracuda, snappers, yellow fin tuna, rainbow runners, wahoo and groupers. There are also lots of smaller fish like creole fish, parrot fish, scrawled filefish, pacific box fishes and tiger snake eels.
Afternoon - Vicente Roca (2 dives). Colourful sites with many marine invertebrates, anemones, lobsters, shrimp with occasional Mola Mola sightings. Plus the opportunity to have a panga ride and snorkelling to see the Penguins, Marine Iguanas and Blue Footed Booby Birds.
Morning - Wolf (2 dives). Look for schools of Hammerheads, Silky Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Dolphins and rays.
Afternoon - Wolf (1 dive) during the afternoon.
Morning - Darwin (2 dives) at Darwin’s Arch. Hammerheads, Galapagos Sharks and HUGE schools of tropical fish enjoy this area. Seasonal sightings of Whale Sharks are common.
Afternoon - Darwin (1 dive) at the Darwin Arch.
Morning - Darwin (2 dives) at the Darwin Arch.
Afternoon - Wolf (1 dive).
Morning - Marshall Island (1 dive). At Cape Marshall, on the eastern side of Isabela island, we encounter rocky volcanic cliffs which drop down to the ocean floor as an almost vertical wall. You might see large animals like manta rays, marble rays, hammerhead sharks, mola mola (oceanic sun fish) and marine turtles. Also keep an eye out for Chevron barracuda, snappers, yellow fin tuna, rainbow runners, wahoo and groupers. There are also a lot of smaller fishes like creole fishes, parrot fishes, scrawled filefishes, pacific box fishes and tiger snake eels.
Afternoon - Roca Blanca (2 dives). New to the itinerary for 2012, this site provides opportunities for encounters with up to 6 species of shark, sea lions, Mantas, eagle rays and moray eels. There is always an abundance of yellow tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, moorish idols, steel pompanos, snappers, grunts, creolefish, and barracuda.
Morning - Cousins Rocks (1 dive). This dive is done along a beautiful wall and allows for great viewing opportunities for coral, frog fish, sea horses and octopus. Sea lions will be your companions on the safety stops. This dive is then followed by a land visit to the Highlands of Santa Cruz to see the Galapagos Turtles in their natural environment. A visit to the very special “Scalecias Forest”, the Twins and the Lava Tube is also included during the morning ashore.
Afternoon - Land tours continue in Puerto Ayora to the Charles Darwin Research Centre. This is where we will also disembark guests who have chosen to extend their holiday in Puerto Ayora, prior to returning to San Cristobal for Sunday morning cruise completion.
Sunday (Day of Departure)
Arrive San Cristobal for a land excursion. Visit the Interpretation Centre where an interesting human history of Galapagos is presented, town walk (last chance for shopping) followed by a late morning departure.
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