5 Day Premium Galapagos Multisport Tour
This two island trip offers incredible opportunities for close wildlife encounters as well as time to relax and enjoy the white sand beaches. Santa Cruz and Isabela islands are filled with ideal sites for snorkeling with tropical fish, Galapagos sharks, sea lions and rays!
DAY 1 San Cristobal kayak adventure
After a morning flight from the Ecuadorian mainland to San Cristobal Island, you will arrive at the airport and head to your hotel. You can explore the town and have lunch by yourself.
Early in the afternoon, we give you a quick introduction to the island before heading to the coast, where our kayaks will be waiting for us for our first taste of Galapagos magic: we paddle along the coastal bays and coves of San Cristobal’s north coast, a world of comic-looking blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, sea lions and sea turtles. If we’re lucky, we may see rays underwater, marine iguanas perching on lava rocks.
Back at the hotel, you’re free to enjoy some island seafood specials in the port of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on your own. (-)
DAY 2 - Snorkel the northern coast of San Cristobal
A whole day to snorkel amid the underwater wonders of the Galapagos! In the company of our experienced guide as part of a shared group, we search the nearby coves and cliffs for sea turtles, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and Nazca boobies. There’s also the chance to get up close and personal with sea lions – the young pups are ever-curious and playful.
As we snorkel, we might spot eagle rays, golden rays, Galapagos sharks, starfish, clams, and thousands of tropical fish. With luck, we may even come across hammerhead sharks. As the sun sets on our day under the waves, we return to the hotel for a relaxed evening at the coastal town. (B, Box Lunch).
DAY 3 - Discover Isabela’s beaches, lagoons and islets
After breakfast, we say goodbye to San Cristobal to board our small plane for a thrilling flight across the archipelago’s azure waters and volcanic landscapes to Isabela Island. Amazingly, it is still in the throes of creation, formed by six active shield volcanoes. In fact, Isabela is one of the most volcanically active spots on the planet.
Upon arrival, we head to the visitor site known as Tintoreras to explore this beautiful marine world by kayak, weaving between a set of small islets filled with hidden coves and beaches. Here, meet an unexpected denizen of the Tropics: the endemic Galapagos penguin. Spot reef sharks, sea turtles and sea lions as we paddle.
Seafood, Ecuadorian and international cuisine are all available in the small beach town of Puerto Villamil and you’re free to try them by yourself. You can grab a quick dip in the ocean, or a swing in a hammock, before our local guest experience coordinator briefs you on your next adventure: a self-guided bike ride through a succession of Isabela’s white sand beaches, mangrove forests and brackish lagoons. The ride is fun and easy, and as ever in Galapagos, there are plenty of birds to spot and wonders to take in.
Your evening is free and easy. (B).
Day 4 - Charles Darwin research station -Santa Cruz bay tour
We leave Isabela early aboard a public speed boat, for our ride east to Santa Cruz Island and Puerto Ayora, the archipelago’s largest settlement. We meet you at the dock and head to the hotel.
Visit the heart of scientific research and conservation in the Galapagos on your own: the famous Charles Darwin Research Station and the National Park’s tortoise breeding program.
Following lunch on your own in Puerto Ayora – where there are options aplenty for you to choose from – we join a naturalist guide and shared group to make our way west from the port, stopping by the Lobería where
sea lions can be observed. We come to an islet called Punta Camaño, a great place to don our snorkels, masks and fins to meet sea lions and schools of fish. Passing through the romantically-named Canal del Amor, we disembark at Playa de los Perros, where, after a short walk, groups of jet-black marine iguanas bask beneath the sun’s rays, occasionally slipping off into the sea to feed. Once back on land, you’re free to wander on your own through the port’s streets with its shops, restaurants and bars in the evening. (B)
DAY 5 - Transfer out
Finally, it’s time to bid a fond farewell to the Galapagos. Accompanied by a guide, you board a transport to take you north over Santa Cruz Island to the Itabaca Channel. At this point we leave you to continue your journey alone: all that remains is a hop on a ferry and a short bus ride to take you to Baltra Island’s airport. (B)
2023 price per person double in US$:
$1660 in Comfort Hotels or $2215 in Premium hotels..
These hotels offer a first class experience, including spas, restaurants, amenities, and ample space for relaxation. - San Cristobal Island = Golden Bay Hotel and Spa, Isabela Island = Iguana Crossing and Casa Baronesa Waterfront Villa, Santa Cruz Island = Angermeyer Waterfront Inn
Hotels with a boutique touch - San Cristobal Island = Casa Opuntia, Isabela Island = Volcano Hotel and Casita de La Playa, Santa Cruz Island = Isla Sol