The Ultimate Diving Shore Based Experience

Are you looking for an adventure of a lifetime exploring some of the most beautiful islands in the world whilst fitting in some amazing dives? Look no further! The Ultimate Diving Shore Based Experience will offer you just that!

Tour Price

  • From £5055 per person
  • Deposit: Confirmed at the time of booking
  • Single Supplement: From £1915

Additional Information

The Galapagos is the perfect destination for wildlife enthusiasts offering a unique and indigenous fauna, arguably the best place in the world to visit. Whether you’re looking to take a liveaboard or island-hop, our Galapagos specialists can help you access the destination’s highlights and its species. This itinerary offers you that.

The surprising variation of flora and fauna here is absolutely amazing ranging from the giant cacti with long, threatening spines, which are actually soft to bird species with bright blue feet, marine iguanas, penguins and dolphins and wild sea lions actively coming to play with visitors.

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Itinerary Overview

Its time to start your Ultimate Diving experience!

Depart Heathrow to Guayaquil. Check in at the Sonesta Hotel where you will be centrally located, the hotel is steps away from Plaza del Sol and a couple of minutes from Mall Del Sol Commercial Center.

What an adventure waiting for you, how exciting!

Once you arrive at San Cristobal Airport your adventure starts. You will be met by our representative and you will visit the San Cristobal Interpretation Center, where you can learn more about the archipelago history, its fauna and flora.

Once this is done you will be hiking for about 2 hours to the Frigate Hill where you will see the endemic vegetation and beautiful views of the island and its surroundings. The main attraction here are the frigate birds.

At the end of the day you will visit Frigate Bay and do some snorkelling.

You are then ready for the hotel transfer, you will be transferred to the Golden Bay Hotel in San Cristobal.

Bartolome is located east of Santiago Island. A small island with the famous pinnacle, 2 dive sites located at 1,5 hours from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island).

Here the current are moderate with a platform found at approximately 10 meters where a variety of reef fish resides. On the edge of this platform there are underwater cliffs which start at about 15 meters depth with good probabilities to observe pelagic species inclluding white tip reef shark, reef fishes, barracudas, turtles, mobulas, sting rays and a variety of invertebrates.

After breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to the Itabaca Channel to board the yacht that will take you to Bartolome, an island with turquoise waters and beautiful white sand beaches

After 2 hours of sailing your tour starts climbing a staircase. From the top you will see a spectacular landscape, where you will see two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava and volcanic cones. Here is the famous Pinnacle, which is a huge black lava formation that has eroded over time, representing the most recognized image of the archipelago. Near Pinnacle Rock you will also see two beautiful beaches in the form of a crescent.

This island offers some of the most beautiful landscapes of the archipelago. It is an extinct volcano and has a variety of red soils, orange, green, black and shiny volcanic formations. This is the perfect place to observe the Galapagos penguins. Moreover, you will practice snorkel with sea turtles, sharks, white tip reef, tropical fish, sea lions and many other unique marine species. After lunch, you will visit Sullivan Bay. Here you can see some amazing lava formations, the product of a volcanic eruption in 1903. This is an excellent example of typical forms and colors that contrast with older types of lava.

Another underwater adventure day!

Depending on the availability you will be able to dive the sites around Beagle, Cousins, Daphne and others.

Cousins will give you the opportunity to see 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.

Garrapatero is a long white beach (approximately 1,500 m long) located approximately 19 km to the northeast of Puerto Ayora.

It can be reached by boat (20 minutes) or car, through Bellavista and Cascajo (50 minutes). From the parking area there is a walk of just less than 1 km to the beach. In addition to the beautiful beach, there is a lagoon where flamingos and White-cheeked Pintail Ducks can sometimes be observed. Many birds found in the arid zone as well as shorebirds can be seen there. There is also a rental kayak service to go for a ride and enjoy the lovely landscape.

More underwater time to explore the seabed around the Galapagos Islands.

Depending on the availability you will be able to dive the sites around Floreana, Gordons Rocks, Cousins, Mosquera or others.

Mosquera is home to Hammerhead sharks, black tip reef shark, white tip reef shark, sea lions, turtles, barracudas, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, mobulas, Galápagos eel, variety of invertebrates.

After breakfast, we will head to the Charles Darwin Station.

The center is a reservoir of information on habitats and local conservation, as well as other fascinating relevant statistics. The most striking attraction of this station is certainly the Tortoise Breeding Center, where it is possible to view tortoises of varied sizes and shapes. Travelers here can freely walk and get their photos clicked with the tortoises. Among other inhabitants at the center, you can see the land and marine iguanas and different species of birds.

Sadly, this lovely experience its about to end. After the above tour you will be transferred to Baltra airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador followed by your international flight leaving Ecuador in the evening.

Available Experiences

Marcelina

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Colin H. 7 nights aboard the Galapagos Sky

Group of divers meet aboard the Galapagos Sky and become dive friends for life.

Colin H. 7 nights aboard the Galapagos Sky

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What Our Customers Have To Say

Reviews from our Clients, Journalists, Photo Pro's and our own Experts

Our reviews and blogs are an additional guide to evaluate of the holiday is exactley what you are looking for or not. Some love an Eco-Resort, some love air-con and a flat screen TV, we aim to ensure you get what you are looking for, at great value for money.

Liquid Resort Dumaguete

We have just returned from two weeks at Liquid in Dumagete, the resort was excellent in every respect our room was spacious had all the facilities we required and was kept spotlessly clean. The food was excellent and the bar/catering facilities very informal with attentive and friendly service. The diving was not the most testing we have done but was very enjoyable both from the boat or from the shore, the area is certainlky worth a visit if you want to see frog fish, they are everywhere all sizes and colours not sure we had a dive when we didnt see some. Apo island was well woth bthe long boat ride the corals among the best we have ever seen. The dive centre staff, the guiodes and the boat (and Jeep) crews were all knowledgeable friendly and looked after us very well (i still find it hard to stand back while someone else insists on sorting out my gear for me). ll in all a brilliant holiday and we will be retuning. Thje arrangements by Ultimate Diving from booking up to our return home were as usualm impecable with all our requirements being met and our expectations exceeded.

Nick & Jo C

Philippines Twin Centre

We have just returned from our diving holiday in the Philippines booked through Ultimate Diving. Gail, our contact at Ultimate was extremely helpful and patient, making sure we got the right holiday planned, making brilliant suggestions and answering all our never-ending questions (sorry Gail we just couldn’t believe we each had 46KG luggage allowance).

Dwyer K

Atlantis Dumaguete

We had a fantastic 11-night stay at Atlantis Dumaguete. The resort itself was very good – lovely food, almost all waiter-served with a different menu every day; beautiful gardens and a lovely beach; and a very good and extremely reasonable spa. The dive centre couldn’t do enough for me; they were happy to run local boat dives for a single diver, were very good a critter-spotting, and did all the carrying of equipment, and washed all my gear for me at the end of the holiday.

Roberts A

El Gouna Red Sea

El Gouna was excellent, lovely marinas surrounded by bars, cafes and restaurants with pavement seating, no lads culture with super diving. Excellent value for money The destination met my expectations Ground organisation went smoothly Captains Inn is the best low cost hotel I have stayed in for Egypt Dive centre was friendly and professional making the overall experience a wonderful holiday. A relaxed resort ideal for families, couples and those just wanting to dive with a noticeable reduction in bars thumping out music, live sport and stag/hen runs, let that stay in Sharm el sheikh, when it opens. An abundance of dive sites with the best reefs I have seen in a long time.

Robert F

Malapascua and Dumaguete

Our 2 centre diving holiday in the Philippines, organised by Marcelina Jesus from Ultimate Diving, was faultless and well thought out, it was only the local weather conditions, road infrastructures and our lack of speaking the local language that prevented it from being 100% for us. However the centres and Marcelina’s organisation were faultless. The things seen at the diving sites went beyond all Expectations of the diver with the dive guides pointing out small life which could easily have been missed by me.

Morgan R

Truk Master, BLR & Tokyo

Having used Ultimate Dive for many years I will never use another company. Attention to detail, accuracy, support and dedication are a few words to summarise. Marcelina is dedicated to the client and goes beyond what is expected to ensure a perfect experience.

Sandra & Kim

Cobalt Coast Resort

A comfortable, friendly hotel, and a first class dive team. The best organised boat-diving we’ve ever done. I would give the whole holiday a 9, brilliant!

Wilsher J

10 days on board the Okeanos Aggressor

If you’re looking for a tour operator who is efficient, knowledgeable and super organised, Marcelina , Ultimate Diving is the place to go! Pre-trip, nothing was too much trouble, and the trip itself? Amazing. Every little detail was taken care of, and of course, the diving was incredible.

Amy S

Truk Master and BLR

The diving. Well what can I say. For anyone who enjoys diving wrecks, I fail to see how this coud be beaten. Up to 4 dives per day, I did 30 dives John 32 out of a possible 34. Average depths 30 – 40 meters. The conditions made the diving very easy. No current, good viz, (though the sea itself was often quite milky) easy bouancy and good dive guides. All this made decompression almost a pleasure. Clarity of the water inside the wrecks was incredible and with the help of Dave our guide we penetrated deep into the wrecks including a number of enine rooms. John has become an engine room junkie. So I think you will have guessed that this was one of my best dive holidays ever.

Paul, M

10 days Shark Diving in South Africa & Mozambique

Greg and I had a great 10 days and felt that the holiday was extremely good value for money. The way that Scuba Addicts work with the two different venues really worked with the different diving and the last day also gave us the opportunity to see lists of wildlife such as hippos, giraffes, zebras, eagles, crocs and was a perfect end to the week. Everything worked very well, transfers etc. The hospitality from all the staff at all 3 venues was excellent and they went out of they’re way to keep us amused!!

Caroline, M

Enquire to find out more and personalise one of our selected itineraires, many of our itineraires are based on regular trips we offer our clients and give a good overview of what we can offer alongside our personalisation service. Speak to an expert to creat your perfect holiday including diving, experiences and stop-overs.

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