MONDAY
Lobos Island

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In the morning we fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. After boarding your yacht and a good lunch onboard, we will head up the coast from Wreck Bay to Isla Lobos across a small channel off the coast of San Cristóbal. This basalt island outcropping lives up to its name of Sea Lion Island, with a noisy population of these animals. You will find them waiting to play in just six meters of water during your check-out dive. You will also see the usual passers by including spotted eagle rays, sea turtles and schools of tropical fish. This is one of the rare places you might have a chance to see marine iguanas grazing on underwater rocks.

 


 

TUESDAY
North Seymour Island


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2 DIVES: North Seymour is on the northeast corner of Santa Cruz, north of Baltra. The currents here make it an interesting drift dive. The many recesses, cuts and ledges in the shallower areas make good hiding places and a refuge for large puffers and octopi. Be careful where you rest your hands when you explore the barnacle encrusted lava rocks, because large scorpion fish perch there waiting for prey. You may come face to face with white-tipped reef sharks resting inside the holes.

In the afternoon we visit Bartolome Island which is famous for its Pinnacle Rock, a towering spearheaded obelisk that rises from the ocean’s edge and is the best known landmark in the Galapagos. Galapagos penguins—the only species of penguin found north of the equator—walk precariously along narrow volcanic ledges at its base. Sea lions snooze on rocky platforms, ready to slide into the water to play with passing snorkelers. Just below the surface, shoals of tropical fish dodge in and out of the rocks past urchins, sea stars and anemones. A perfectly crescent, pink-and-white sandy beach lies just to the east of the pinnacle. Sea turtles use the beach as a nesting site and can sometimes be found wading in the shallow water near the shore, or resting in the sand to recover from the arduous task of digging nests, laying eggs and covering them over.

 


 

WEDNESDAY
Wolf Island

 

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4 DIVES: Wolf Island is the close cousin of nearby Darwin Island, which lies just to the northwest. Like Darwin, Wolf is also formed from an eroded caldera that rises from the ocean bottom giving way to a formidable wall of high cliffs above the waterline. Wolf offers a number of world class dive sites. Its wall dives boast the greatest numbers of tropical fish in the islands. Like Darwin you can expect to see larger animals including the occasional whale shark and dolphin pod. This is the place to see large schools of scalloped hammerheads. This underwater shark city also offers large numbers of Galapagos sharks. Other residents and visitors include hawksbill turtles, schools of barracuda, sting rays and moray eels.

 


 

THURSDAY & FRIDAY

Darwin Island

 

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8 DIVES: The natural rock formation known as Darwin’s Arch rises from the ocean at the eastern approach to Darwin Island marking the place many experienced divers will tell you is the single best dive site on the planet. Both Darwin and nearby Wolf Islands are formed by the summits of weatherworn volcanic calderas that rise 1,800 meters from the sea floor. These two islands stand segregated to the far northwest of the main group. The water and currents are warmer here than at the center of the islands, increasing the numbers and types of pacific tropical species. But the big draw is big underwater animals. Throughout the summer and into the fall divers come here to swim with whale sharks when encounters with these gentle giants are all but assured. Sightings of the graceful monsters occur throughout the year leading many to proclaim this site the whale shark capital of the seven seas. Words cannot fully describe the feeling of being so close to these spotted giants of the deep. Schools of fifty to one hundred hammerheads can be seen escorting the way of the whale sharks, while large pods of dolphin are another key attraction. Pelagic fish including yellow fin tunas, skip jacks and big-eye jacks frequent the area as do marlins and occasionally killer whales.

 


 

SATURDAY

Cape Marshall

 

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4 DIVES: Cape Marshall lies off the northeastern shore of Isabela Island, just south of the equator. This site offers drift diving on a reef as well as a sheer rock drop-off. A source of excitement here are possible sightings of large manta ray, but even if they don’t show up there is plenty to see including sharks such as hammerheads, white-tipped, Galapagos, and the occasional oceanic white-tipped shark. Colonies of anemone and black coral grow along the wall where natural columns of rock reach up the face. Large schools of brown stripped salema can fill the view, while both blue and black marlin can loom out of the depths. Other resident fish include pacific boxfish, parrotfish, chevron barracuda, yellowtail surgeon fish and Creole fish. In addition to the mantas you’ll have chances to spot zebra morays and marbled rays.

 


 

SUNDAY

Gordon's Rock +

Charles Darwin Station

 

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2 DIVES:  While there is lots to see here, there is one reason people head to Gordon Rocks and one reason it is a world-renowned site: the Hammerheads. Lots of hammerheads up close and really personal.  There are also Eagle Rays, Stingrays, Marbled Rays, Mantas, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Jacks, Turtles, Heiroglyphic Hawkfish, Flag Cabrillas, Blennies, Wrasse in various growth stages, Cardinalfish, King Angelfish, Sea Lions, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, King Angelfish, Barracudas, Jack and more…
In the afternoon we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora.  It is primarily a scientific operation, which conducts research and assists other researches within the Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Marine Reserve. The information from this research is given to the Galapagos National Park Service and the Ecuadorian Government to better protect and maintain the Islands.


MONDAY

Interpretation Center + Return home

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But before we bid farewell to the Galapagos Sky and her crew we pay a visit to the Interpretation Centre.  In 1998 the Galapagos National Park Visitor Center opened for the benefit of islanders and travelers alike, presenting a comprehensive exhibit of the islands’ natural history, human interaction, ecosystems, flora and fauna.

 

 

Our guide will use the exhibits to provide an illustrated overview of the natural history of the islands. From the Interpretation Center, a short trail arrives at Frigate Bird Hill, where both “magnificent-frigates” and “great-frigates” can be seen in the same colony—ideal for learning to distinguish the two bird species.

 

Following our visit to Interpretation Center we will head to the airport to board our return flight to the mainland.