Galapagos Safari Camp is a new concept of accommodation in Latin America based on the African model of luxury-tented camps. It is an ideal base for diving in the Galapagos, and the perfect alternative to a live aboard dive experience. Any time is a good time to visit the Galapagos Archipelago for scuba diving. Marine life in the Galapagos is very rich, though not so varied as in warmer tropical waters. Due to the cold water there are only a few species of corals and those grow mostly in the sub-tidal zone and on rocks with a sparse cover of corals, sponges and algae. In the warm season, the chance to see whale sharks is very high in the northern islands, and you can also observe them in the central islands. In the cold season, the chance to see whale sharks is about 50 percent, and you see more rays like mantas, mobula, and eagle rays, since they get together in schools to mate. Hammerheads can be found throughout the Galapagos Archipelago year-round but in the northern islands there are much larger groupsfound. The large schools of fish,sea turtles,sea lions, iguanas and penguins can be seen during the whole year.
Day of arrival
You will land in Baltra Island and cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz accompanied by a bilingual naturalist guide who will take you to a farm in the highlands for a tasty lunch. You will then do a complete tour of the area, exploring various vegetation zones and microclimates, walking around pit craters, through lava tunnels and getting acquainted with endemic Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve, you will observe the emblematic giant tortoises in their natural habitat and the abundant bird life of the highlands. Your tour will end at Galapagos Safari Camp where you can enjoy a sunset cocktail followed by dinner.
Possible dive sites with 2 dives per day:
Floreana: There are three dive sites where you are likely to see sea lions, turtles, exotic fish, thousands of tropical fish, barracudas, black coral, white tip and Galapagos sharks, moray eels, some hammerheads and eagle rays. It is possible to see dolphin during the boat trip.
Gordon Rocks: A submerged crater for experience divers with a minimum of 30 logged dives. Here you will see turtles, big fish, hundreds of tropical fishes, hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, white tips, large morays, spotted eagle rays, golden and stingrays as well as sea lions.
Seymour: Can be a fabulous dive site with schools of hammerheads,snappers, turtles, morays, manta rays, white tip sharks, sea lions and garden eels.
Cousins Rock: An intermediate dive combination of shoal and wall diving with sea lions, large numbers of fish, white tip sharks, hammerheads, eagle rays and manta rays. There is a breathtaking vertical wall with a profusion of black corals and other invertebrates. It is possible to find Sea horses and frogfish.
Bartolome: Stingrays, turtles, white tips, plenty of fish, invertebrates and interesting rock formations. Highlight tends to be the penguins.
Mosquera Islet: Largest colony of garden eels, mantas, sea turtles, white tips and maybe hammerheads and eagle rays, as well as plenty of tropical fish and sea lions.
Daphne Islet: Wall diving with morays, white tips, eagle rays, stingrays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, hammerheads, turtles, black corals and many other invertebrates, and hundreds of fish.
Santa Fe: Easy diving with little current. White tip sharks, turtles, stingrays and occasionally a couple of hammerheads. Snorkeling with sea lions at surface interval.
Day of departure
After breakfast you will be transferred to Baltra airport to continue to Quito or Guayaquil
Notes on the itinerary:
• No set departure dates
• Dive trips run on a sharing basis with a maximum of 8 pax not exclusively to GSC guests
• Destinations and boat category are subject to availability
• Itineraries may change due to National Park dispositions or force majeure
• We strongly advise our guests to look into travel insurance in their country of origin
• Flights from mainland Ecuador can be arranged upon request
• Accommodation and all meals from arrival