Diving on the Galapagos Islands. For experienced or beginning diver an opportunity that can’t be missed! The Galapagos Islands are one of the most spectacular places in the world to see marine wild life. Galapagos Last Minutes offers you different options, from obtaining your PADI licence to daytrips, to fully organised live-aboards, everything in possible! See different options below:
Finch Bay Scuba diving
The Finch Bay hotel is one of the most beautiful eco hotels on Santa Cruz island and you can stay here whilst enjoying daily dive tours.
Package 4 nights: Galapagos Realm
An underwater program designed for divers that want to experience the beauty of the Galápagos Marine Reserve. Highlights: North Seymour, Daphne Minor, and the always amazing Gordon Rocks. Right on Santa Cruz, a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station has been planned; this is the home of the captive-rearing program for the famous giant tortoises. Full scuba gear provided.
Room with garden view: $1850,00 p.p.
Room with ocean view: $2280,00 p.p.
Package 7 nights: Galapagos Waterworld
A comprehensive underwater experience designed for the adventurous diver. Most dive sites within the central islands are included, making this package a complete winner. Highlights: North Seymour, Daphne Minor, Cousins Rock, and the always amazing Gordon Rocks. Right on Santa Cruz, a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station has been planned; this is the home of the captive-rearing program for the famous giant tortoises. Full scuba gear provided.
Room with garden view: $3326,00 p.p.
Room with ocean view: $4045,00 p.p.
Included in the 2 programs mentioned above:
- 4 or 7 nights accommodation;
- 6 or 12 dives;
- Full meal plan (breakfast and dinner at Finch Bay; snack at dive boat);
- All transfers;
- Complimentary visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station;
- Complete scuba equipment, divemaster and/or instructor;
- Dive sites 5 day tour (plus number of dives per site): North Seymour (2), Daphne Minor (1), Mosquera Islet (1), and Gordon Rocks (2).
- Dive sites 8 day tour (plus number of dives per site): Santa Fe (2), North Seymour (2), Daphne Minor (2), Mosquera Islet (2), Gordon Rocks (2), and Cousins Rock (2) or Floreana (2).
Dive sites may be changed due to sea conditions, National Park restrictions or safety requirements!
- Air ticket to/from Galápagos;
- Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park ($100,00 per person);
- Ingala visitors card ($10,00 per person);
- Personal expenses;
Red Mangrove Dive Program
Enjoy your dive adventure from Galapagos whilst staying at the beautiful Red Mangrove Lodges. Together with Red Mangrove we offer the following programs in 2012:
Full Dive adventure 8 days/7 nights: $3500,00 p.p.
Darwin's land and sea program 6 days/5 nights: $2400,00 p.p.
Premium Cruise Diving tour: 3 days/2 nights: $1200,00
Red Mangrove also offers the option of doing your PADI certification course. Contact us for more information!
Prices are based on the use of Standard rooms in the Red Mangrove Lodges. Please contact us for prices of the divers lodges, suites and superior rooms with ocean view.
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Live aboard Yacht Deep Blue
The Deep Blue was built in 2002 and accommodates 16 people in 8 double cabins with twin beds, private bathroom and air conditioning. The boat has all the comforts you expect in a top quality dive vessel, including a great diving platform and nitrox air compressor. For photographers , Deep blue provides ample room for equipment . There are lounge chairs on the sun deck to enjoy between dives and TV and DVD player on board.
Diving and itineraries:
You will have up to 3 dives daily and land visits on certain days. There are 2 Zodiacs , each 6.20 meters with 2 50 HP 4-stroke outboard motors each, there are 2 bilingual dive master guides on board. All crew members are trained and certified by the Ecuador Marine Regulations.
Monday: PM: San Cristobal - PM: Isla Lobos Check Out Dive.
Tuesday: AM: Punta Carrion 2 Dives and PM: Los Gemelos – El Chato ( Santa Cruz) Land visit
Wednesday: AM: Darwin 2 Dives and PM: Darwin 1 Dive
Thursday: AM: Darwin 2 Dives and PM: Darwin 1 Dive
Friday: AM: Wolf 2 Dives and PM: Wolf 1 Dive
Saturday: AM: Wolf 2 Dives and PM: Wolf 1 Dive
Sunday: AM: Rocas Cousin 2 Dives and PM: Bartolome –Charles Darwin Station Land visit
Monday: AM: Land Visit to Interpretation Center San Cristobal departure
January to May 2012
Upper deck: $3775,00 p.p.
Lower deck: $3695,00 p.p.
June to December 2012
Upper deck: $3975,00 p.p.
Lower deck: $4235,00 p.p.
Prices include: All meals & snacks, soft drinks + local beers, airport transfers in Galapagos, full dive program of 2-3 dives per day, tanks, weights + services of crew and guides. Per Galapagos National Park regulations, these cruises combine diving with some land trips per scheduled itinerary.
Not included: Galapagos National Park Fee $100,00 p.p., Ingala visitor card: $10,00 p.p., tips for the crew, additional beverages.
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PADI Diving Courses
Galapagos Last Minutes offers a variety of PADI diving courses, PADI certification courses, and other scuba diving courses in the Galapagos Islands. We work with an experienced Galapagos PADI Resort diving school lead by experienced scuba diving instructors. Check out this diving course section to see how you can get your PADI certification in one of the world's most impressive diving destinations - the Galapagos Islands.
PADI Open water course
Basic diving course to learn the techniques of breathing, movement, balance, and buoyancy control underwater as well as what wildlife to look for while scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands.
Price 2012: $750,00 per person, based on a minimum of 2 people. Please contact us for more information and group discounts.
- Complete dive gear;
- Dive boat;
- Dive instructor;
- Theory classes;
- Pool sessions;
- Four open water dives;
- International PADI certification.
We can organize this same diving course with accommodations and meals.
At the end of the diving course, the diver can make more daily Galapagos diving tours with other certified divers or land-based day tours. The courses can be flexible, depending on your schedule, wishes, and departure date for the return to Quito. There are two Baltra - Quito flights every day. The Galapagos Islands diving courses do not include airfare, Galapagos National Park entrance fee, or transfers.
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Day trips to different diving locations.
Contact us today to arrange your dive trip in an underwater paradise! The daily dive tours include: Two dives, dive boat, divemaster guides, dive gear (complete wetsuit, regulator with octopus, BCD, mask, snorkel, fins, booties, gloves, hood, scuba tuba, tanks and weight belt), snack and hot lunch (Does not include lunch in Academy Bay).
Please note: We need a minimum of two passengers per trip. Minimum age to dive is 12 years old. Depth limit is 30m/100ft and no one can dive alone. Dive time limit is one hour. Travel time to and from dive sites will vary according to sea conditions. Dive sites can be changed or cancelled depending on weather/sea conditions. We use only the best dive technology and 7mm wetsuits to keep you comfortable as you encounter thermoclines. Prices listed include all equipment, dive boat, Dive Master Guides, a snack onboard, lunch and clean towel.
All dive trips are $220,00 per person per day.
Below you can find the itinerary for the week and a description of the different dive sites.
Monday: Floreana Island or Gordons Rock
Tuesday: Gordons Rock or Beagle / Daphne
Wednesday: Seymour (the channel) / Mosquera North
Thursday: Cousins / Batholome
Friday: Mosquera (South) / Seymour (the point)
Saturday: Beagle / Daphne OR Daphne / Gordon, 2 dives
Sunday: Seymour (the canal) / Gordon OR Floreana, 2 dives
Location: South of Santa Cruz island, 3 possible dive sites, 1 hour and a half away from Santa Cruz.
Site Conditions: Normally this site does not present strong currents. This is a reef dive where corals and sponges can be found.
Activity: Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, barracudas, variety of invertebrates.
Minimum experience to participate: 30 logged dives or the previous evaluation of our dive guides at another site.
Location: Northeast of Santa Cruz island, 2 dive sites located 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz island).
Site Conditions: This rock formation is a world-renowned site, for intermediate and advanced divers due to the strong currents and surge.
Activity: Hammerhead shark, Cleaning station, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, mobulas, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eel, barracudas, variety of invertebrates.
Location: East of Santiago island, a small island with the famous Bartholome pinnacle, 2 dive sites. Sailing distance is 1-hour and a half from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz island).
Site Conditions: Moderate currents. A platform is found at approximately 10 meters where a variety of reef fishes reside. On the edge of this platform there are underwater cliffs which start at about 15 meters deep; good probabilities to observe pelagic species.
Activity: White tip reef shark, reef fishes, barracudas, turtles, mobulas, stingrays, variety of invertebrates.
Location: Northeast of Santiago island near Bartholomew island, 1 islet, 2 dive sites located an 1 hour and a half from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz island).
Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site; this is partly a reef dive, partly a wall dive where the endemic black coral is found.
Activity: Cleaning station, sea horses, barracudas, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, variety of invertebrates. At surface interval penguins can be observed.
Location: North of Santa Cruz island, 2 dive sites located 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz island).
Site Conditions: For all levels of divers, although sometimes there can be strong currents, platform reefs with a diversity of species.
Activity: Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, hammerhead shark, mobulas, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eel, barracudas, variety of invertebrates.
Location: South of Santiago island, 3 exposed rocks, 2 dives sites located an 1 hour and a half from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz island).
Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site, reef dive with many corals and sponges.
Activity: Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, turtles, reef fishes, stingrays, eagle rays, barracudas, variety of invertebrates, manta rays and probably solitary hammerhead sharks.
Location: North of Santa Cruz island, an exposed rock, one dive site located 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz island).
Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site, rocky and sandy bottom.
Activity: here we find a small cave (this is NOT a cave dive) where white tip reef sharks rest, additionally there is a pinnacle where we find a diversity of rays, Galápagos shark, turtle, ref. fishes, barracudas, black coral walls and variety of invertebrates.
Location: North of Santa Cruz island between Seymour island and Baltra island, this is an islet that emerges from the sea (sand bar), one dive site located 25 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz island).
Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site, sandy bottom between 15 and 18 meters with garden eels and pelagic species, there is also a wall that starts at 18 meters where we also find black coral and variety of invertebrates.
Activity: Hammer head sharks, black tip reef shark, white tip reef shark, sea lions, turtles, barracudas, ref. fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, mobulas, Galápagos eel, variety of invertebrates.