5 Days / 4 Nights
The Galapagos Marine Reserve is one of the largest in the world, a sanctuary for a vast array of creatures from both the tropical and temperate families, many of them highly endangered. According to UNESCO, 2,909 marine species have been identified, with 18.2% endemism, making the archipelago one of the best places in the world to dive.
At Galapagos Safari Camp, we offer tailored scuba-diving tours to suit your dates, needs and travel companions (as all our Safaris are personalized, we can arrange excursions for any non-divers in your party while you are off diving).
You can choose our dedicated 5 day/4 night Dive Safari or add individual dive days to your Classic, Family, or Pre- and Post-Cruise Safari. These diving excursions can serve either as an extension to your Galapagos Safari (by adding more days), or as a substitute for any of the tours/activities offered in our signature Safaris.
- from $4,710 per person
Sample Itinerary: In Brief
The below sample itinerary is just that, a sample. We are happy to change the order of activities and add days depending on your needs and interests.
- Type of activity:
- LAND EXPERIENCE
- SEA JOURNEY
- DAY 1LAND OF THE GIANT TORTOISE
- DAY 2TWO DAILY SUBMERSIONS
- DAY 3TWO DAILY SUBMERSIONS
- DAY 4TWO DAILY SUBMERSIONS
- DAY 5RELAX AT CAMP BEFORE MORNING DEPARTURE
- DAY 5+…OR EXTEND YOUR TRIP TO ISABELA ISLAND
See our Isabela Island Extensions
Sample Itinerary, in full
Designed for dive enthusiasts, our 5 day/4 night Dive Safaris include two dives per day and a land excursion on arrival. We are always happy to tweak these programs to incorporate some of islands’ terrestrial wildlife, with additional days exploring Santa Cruz Island and/or boat trips to beautiful, uninhabited neighbouring islands.
- Type of activity:
- LAND SAFARI
- SEA SAFARI
- DAY 1 IN SEARCH OF THE GIANT TORTOISE Welcome to the Galapagos! An English-speaking naturalist guide will meet you at the VIP lounge at Baltra Airport to escort you on your excursion of the highliands of Santa Cruz Island.
Enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced lunch at a farm in the western hills. Take in the area’s natural beauty, pit craters, lava tunnels, and learn more about the Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve, share some time in the giant tortoiss’ natural habitat, surrounded by the abundant bird life of the area.
End the day at Galapagos Safari Camp with a sunset cocktail, followed by dinner.
- DAY 2,3,4 DIVING Two daily submersions.
- DAY 5 RELAX AT CAMP, AND DEPARTURE Enjoy the serenity that Galapagos Safari Camp has to offer. Relax, walk, or enjoy the sunrise from our viewing platform, before departure to your next destination.
N.B. To avoid Decompression Sickness (DCS), PADI guidelines recommend waiting 12 hours after a single dive or 18 hours after multiple dives. Much will depend on the length and depth of your dive, and this time will be factored into your final itinerary. Where possible, we prefer to follow the general rule, which is to wait a full 24-hours (especially after a two tank dive and a night dive). This covers all types of dives and adds extra time as a safety precaution.
Depending on your final itinerary, and the number of dives you do, please bear this rule in mind as you may require an extra night to factor in the 24-hour waiting period before boarding your flight.
- DAY 5+ ...OR EXTEND YOUR STAY TO INCLUDE
See our Isabela Island Extensions.
Galapagos Dive Safari: Details
Shared Diving Tours
All our Dive Safaris are shared tours, and included a shared boat and a shared GNP Dive Guide. To enhance customer service and safety, a private Divemaster is also assigned to Galapagos Safari Camp guests (see below for details). Private car transfers to/from Galapagos Safari Camp are also included.
We can also offer a fully-private experience, to include private car transfers, a chartered boat and private Dive Guide/s and Divemasters. The boat can accommodate up to 11 divers. The number of GNP Dive Guides and Divemasters will depend on the number of divers in the group, and their level of dive experience.
Our Dive Safaris are led by an official Dive Guide certified by the Galapagos National Park (GNP). GNP Dive Guides are also certified PADI Divemasters (many have PADI certifications beyond this level, such as Instructor).
On our Shared Dive Safaris, Galapagos Safari Camp guests also have a private Divemaster. The role of this individual is to assist guests personally, and provide an added net of safety. As they are not certified GNP Dive Guides, they are not permitted to lead separate tours.
Dive Sites we visit:
We visit a number of dive sites in and around the Central Islands. These include Floreana, Gordon Rocks, Plaza Islands, North Seymour, Mosquera, Daphne Minor, Bartolome, Cousin’s Rock and Academy Bay (for night dives only). You can read more about each of these dive sites at: Best Dive Sites in the Galapagos Islands
Diver-to-Dive Guide Ratio
Groups of 1-6 divers will have 1 shared GNP Dive Guide, 1 shared Divemaster, 1 private Divemaster
Groups of 7-11 divers will have 2 shared GNP Dive Guides, 1 shared Divemaster (depending on abilities of group), 1 private Divemaster.
Required Certifications, Experience and Logged Dives
It is mandatory for our guests to hold an Open Water Scuba-Diving Certification from a reputable organization such as PADI, NAUI and CMAS.
A medical certificate is also required if declaring any medical condition, and/or for guests over 60 years old who have not been diving for the last 8 months.
Gordon Rocks is the only dive site we visit that requires a minimum of 25 logged dives in the last 18 months prior to the dive day. All the other dive sites we visit do not require any logged dives. However, for your own safety, comfort and enjoyment we highly recommend gaining enough open water experience so that you feel comfortable in most conditions, especially with drift dives, which are very common in the Galapagos. Do bear in mind that ocean currents can be strong in the Galapagos, and more unpredictable than you may be used to, especially in the cooler season (July-December).
If you haven’t dived in a while, we recommend taking the PADI ReActivate Refresher Program in your home country ahead of your visit.
Getting PADI certified in the Galapagos
If you would like to incorporate a PADI course in your Dive Safari, please refer to guide on PADI Courses in the Galapagos for more details.
Non-Diving Travel Companions
I’m afraid we do not accept non-divers joining the tour. However, we can organise an alternative excursion or activity for them, to accommodate their needs and interests.
Scuba Diving: More Resources
A Guide to Scuba-Diving in the Galapagos Islands: This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about scuba diving in the Galapagos.
PADI Courses in the Galapagos Islands: In this guide we detail how to get to your PADI Advanced certification in the Galapagos Islands and why we don’t recommend the Galapagos Islands for beginners, or for those considering doing the PADI Open-Water course here.
Best Dive Sites in the Galapagos Islands: A guide to our favourite dive sites in the Galapagos Islands.
- All meals
- Airport VIP services
- Transfers & ground transportation
- Boat excursions with two submersions each day on a shared basis (additional option to take a private guide or to charter the boat for a fully private experience)
- Wetsuits and diving equipment
- English-speaking dive guide
- Activities and visits detailed in the itinerary
- Flights (all flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands can be arranged upon request)
- Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 per adult/$50 per child under 12; subject to change)
- Visitor transit card (US $20 per person; subject to change)
- Laundry service
- Insurance (please check your travel insurance is valid in your country of origin prior to your journey)
- Dive computer
…picnic in the wilds, art classes, surf classes, ceviche-making and more!
VOICES OF GALAPAGOS
Our Experts Say
Accredited Naturalist Guide and diver with over 20 years of experience diving in the Galapagos.
“The underwater Galapagos world still fills me with wonder after all these years, with endless schools of fish, sharks, golden rays, sea turtles. Life under the water is as every bit as impressive as the life above it in these enchanting Pacific Islands.”
A few of our
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