The Galapagos diving cruise aboard the Danubio Azul offers intimate experience of maximum 10 passengers.
The tourist class vessel offers first class service for a great attractive price.
The crew is friendly, professional and experienced.
8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS
Day 1 Tuesday Baltra airport – Punta Carrion
Day 2 Wednesday Bartolome – Cousins Rock
Day 3 Thursday Punta Shark Bay (Wolf) – El Derrumbre (Wolf)
Day 4 Friday Darwin Island
Day 5 Saturday Darwin Island
Day 6 Sunday La Ventana Islet (Wolf) – La Banana (Wolf)
Day 7 Monday Marshal Cape – Puerto Egas
Day 8 Tuesday North Seymour – Baltra
Detailed day by day diving itinerary:
Day 1 - Tuesday:
Arriving to Baltra airport (GPS) at 12:20 with flight LATAM XL1413 (flight not included in trip price). Once you arrive and clear the Galapagos Islands airport customs, you will be transported to Santa Cruz island and board the Danubio Azul.
After boarding the vessel and get a warm welcome from the friendly staff, you'll visit the first spot of your diving liveaboard, Carrion Point; This site is one of the mildest currents in the Galapagos. Various species can be found here including old chameleon and the gringo, old rainbow, chancho and pretty Galapagos gobio.
Day 2 - Wednesday:
AM: Bartholomew Island
PM: Cousins Rock: It’s famous for its amazing seahorses found clinging to the black corals, and the hidden bloody frogfishes. You can also find abundance endemic fish species and others such as don gringo fish, whitetail dascyllus, coral hawk fish, etc.
Day 3 - Thursday:
Wolf Island: an uninhabited island and no shore excursions are allowed
AM: Punta Shark Bay
The main diving area at Wolf island located at its south. The white coral covers the sea bottom. Here you will find hammerheads sharks, as well as whale sharks or white head.
PM: El Derrumbe
Located on the southeast coast of wolf island, In this dive site you can find the empire of three spices of sharks. Hammerheads, Galapagos and whale sharks. Strong currents may occur here; it is common to find open water species such as green and hawksbill turtles, manta rays and eagle rays are observed here too as well as species such as voracious bluefin jureles, palometas and steers.
Days 4-5 - Friday-Saturday:
Darwin: Many divers consider diving in Darwin the highlight of their Galapagos diving trip, together with Wolf island.
El Arco (the Arch), as its name implies, is a natural a arc shape rock structure comming out of the ocean; its beauty will attire the attention of your camera.
El Arenal which is a sublime natural place where host a sea lions colony where they take their “nap” along side frigates and boobies. It's an excellent diving spot, where you can find hammerhead sharks and whales sharks.
Day 6 - Sunday:
Wolf Island: Returning to Wolf Island for a full day of scuba diving before leaving these remote diver's haven islands.
AM: La Ventana Islet
Huge variety of fish species thanks to the presence of seedling and creel. This site is also regularely visited with schooling hammerhead sharks and other shark species, as well as albacore, palometas, among others.
PM: La Banana
Due to the strong currents, it is strongly recommended that only experienced divers dive la Banana. Here you can see tuna fish, albacores, palometas, snappers and more big species of fish.
Day 7 - Monday
AM: Isabela Island, Marshall Cape
It is a bottom of basaltic rock of very variable sizes and descends in a relatively steep slope towards greater depths. It is surprising that this background originated, through ground lava flows that went into the sea. Being in a megafauna pass area, this dive site is ideal for spotting stingrays, devil rays, green turtles, sea lions, different shark species and more open water species.
PM: Santiago Island, Egas Point
This land excursion consists of a black beach and a circular path that begins with an old road, and returns through the intertidal zone.
Among its main attractions we will find the fur seals colony of Galapagos, the intertidal zone and the human history related to the site.
There are also unique terrestrial birds of the archipelago such as the Galapagos hawk, the Galapagos dove, the Galapagos cucuve and a variety of Darwin finches.
Day 8 - Tuesday:
AM: North Seymour Island
The visit to North Seymour is the best way of saying goodbye to the Galapagos. Following a dry landing at sunrise we will walk amongst the largest blue-footed booby colony of the Islands. It is likely that you will enjoy their dancing and singing to find a mate. Not far from the dancers we have great and magnificent frigate birds nesting. The males inflate their pouches to attract the ladies that fly above them. Swallow tailed gulls and tropicbirds decorate the large basaltic walls of the island.
We will be back on board for breakfast at 8:00 and be ready to check out at 9:00. It is always a good idea to do most of your packing the previous night so you can have a pleasant last early morning visit and a relaxed breakfast.