• Diving & Hiking in Galapagos | 1 Week | from QUITO, ECUADOR
  • Flamingo on Isabela island, Galapagos
  • Land iguana on Galapagos
  • Tw women hike Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Sea lion pup on Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Two divers getting ready to jump in.
  • Tour group at Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Two people dive underwater photo
  • Girl standing on lava flows at Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Hammerhead shark in Galapagos sea
  • Divers in Galapagos
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Diving & Hiking the Galapagos | 1 Week | from QUITO, ECUADOR

$1,850.00

  • Visit the magical Galapagos Islands on this fantastic diving/hiking programme! 
  • Hike the awesome Sierra Negra Volcano.
  • Dive in some of the world’s best waters, teeming with wildlife.
  • Regular spotting of manta rays, hammerhead sharks, seahorses and barracudas.
  • Tick off this bucket list experience!  

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Hike and Dive in the Galapagos Islands!

Visit the bucket-list destination of the Galapagos Islands on this week-long programme from Quito, Ecuador. This package focuses on hiking and diving and offers guests the chance to see hammerhead sharks, giant tortoises, marine iguanas, manta rays and much more! Time not spent in the water will be devoted to exploring the islands by foot. Take in the incredible views of the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island – which is still active! 

Diving & Hiking in the Galapagos Islands: Itinerary

  • Quito: 1 night
  • Santa Cruz: 3 nights
  • Isabela: 2 nights
Day 1
 
After you arrive in Quito, you will travel to Hotel Kitu. Your provided accommodation is a double room with a private bathroom. If you want to include airport pick-up in your package, this can be arranged for an additional $35, please inform the operator of this after you book to arrange. 
 
Day 2
 
You will fly from Quito to Baltra Airport (Galapagos) early in the morning. After your flight arrives on the island, you will pick up transport at the airport which will take you to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz. You will be brought to your hotel and the afternoon is free time for you to do as you wish.
 
Many travellers choose to visit the Charles Darwin Station which provides plenty of information about the Galapagos Islands. It is free to enter and there is also native wildlife which you can see there. 
 
Before dinner, your divemaster will meet you in the hotel to organise the next two days of diving. 

Day 3

Breakfast will be served in the morning before your guide takes you to Mosquera Islet. This is an easily accessible scuba diving site located between North Seymour and Baltra. At this site, it is possible to see sharks, turtles, rays, barracudas and tropical fish. There is even a chance that a playful sea lion might join you in the water! The currents are usually mild in this area and the maximum depth for this dive site is around 30 m.

Day 4

You will spend day four diving in Bartolome and Cousins. The underwater landscapes are incredible and there are even terraced steps which descend 30 metres before reaching a sandy bottom at 40 metres. These steps are covered with black coral so keep an eye out as this is a fantastic place to spot Pacific seahorses. 

It is possible to see White Tipped reef sharks in this area as well as moray eels, green sea turtles and octopi. Sightings of hammerheads, manta rays, barracudas and other fish are also reported at these sites.

Day 5

The morning of day five will provide visitors with more free time to see Santa Cruz Island. It is recommended that travellers use this time to visit Tortuga Bay. This is a brilliant place to see a whole manner of wildlife, including marine iguanas and even Tintoreras sharks. Kayaking around the bay is well worth the additional cost (not included in price) as the water is very clear. 

In the afternoon, you’ll be picked up from Puerto Ayora around 12.30. After lunch, you’ll head to Isla Isabela by speedboat. The journey will take around two hours and once you arrive, you’ll visit the Flamingo Lagoon. The night is free time and you can spend the evening as you wish.

Day 6

You’ll have breakfast early before heading out on a hiking excursion to the Sierra Negra Volcano. The volcano is located around 13 miles from Port Villamil on Isabela and can only be visited with a licensed guide. It has the second largest volcanic caldera in the world, measuring around 6 miles in diameter! 

The journey to the hike starting point will take around 45 minutes by bus. Once your guide has explained the programme, you will set off! After passing the crater, you’ll head to Volcan Chico where you can walk on the lava flows and feel the hot air escaping from the ground. You’ll stop for a box lunch before heading back on foot to the start point. This trek is long (5-6 hours) and should only be attempted in suitable footwear. 

Once you arrive back at your hotel, there will be an opportunity for a brief rest before heading to Concha Perla. At this location, you can either go swimming or snorkelling. In this area, it is possible to observe sea lions, starfish, sea urchins and sometimes even sea turtles!

Day 7

On your final morning, you will catch the speedboat back to Puerto Ayora where you’ll have breakfast. After the meal, you’ll head to the airport before catching your flight back to Quito. 

FAQ

Is there a minimum number of people required for this trip to run?

There needs to be at least two people for this trip to run.

Is there a single supplement charge?

There is no extra charge for single supplement.

Do I already need to be certified to dive to partake in the diving?

Yes. This trip requires you to already be a certified and competent diver.

How fit do I need to be to hike Sierra Negra?

The trek is long (5-6 hours) so hikers are advised to be of a reasonable fitness level.

What's Included

What’s Included:

  • 5 nights accommodation in high quality hotels on the Galapagos Islands (based in a double/triple room)
  • 1 night accommodation at Hump Day Hostel in Quito
  • Two day diving programme (2 immersions per day = 4 dives in total)
  • Tranfers in and out to the airport on Galapagos
  • Activities on Isla Isabela
  • Local transport including inter island transportation
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

What’s Not Included:

  • Return flights to Baltra (Galapagos from Quito) approx $500pp
  • National Park entrance fee $100pp
  • Transit Card $20pp
  • Isabela Island entrance fee $10pp
  • Extra expenses
  • Meals not mentioned above

Operator

Ecuatraveling

The South America Backpacker Community have tried and tested adventures across the region and handpicked a selection of only the BEST companies to work with!

Why we chose Ecuatraveling:

  • The Ecuatraveling Experience is all about enjoying life! They aim to show travellers the real Ecuador on their tailor-made trips which are customer focused.
  • The founders of Ecuatraveling, Pablo Romero and Esteban Ludeña, have over 10 years experience living in Ecuador and working in tourism there. They are specialists who offer tours in both mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
  • They support the charity FIBUSPAM who aim to improve the lives of the indigenous communities in Chimborazo, Ecuador.
  • Ecuatraveling recieve consistently high reviews from travellers!

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit.
  • This depòsit is fully refundable up until 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • If you are unable to agree on a date or the organiser cannot meet your requirements, your deposit is automatically returned to you in full.
  • There is no refund for cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • The rest of the payment for the experience is payable to the organiser, either upon arrival at the destination or before in some cases, if the organiser requires it. The organiser will arrange this with you.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the trip organiser, is entirely based on the organiser’s own Terms and Conditions.
  • Please read our customer Terms and Conditions for more information.

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