Diving Cruise
Naturalist Cruise

Description

This is the 2017 program  of Astrea cruise. Click on the day of your interest in order to get more information about the routes and activities.

 

Day
1
TUESDAY

AM: Arrival to Baltra
PM: Check Dive

Day
1
TUESDAY

AM: Baltra. Arrival to the airport on the Island Baltra, our guide will be waiting and welcome you to the islands! Once the group is complete, we will move to the dock, where we will embark on the yacht. Our crew will welcome you. Lunch will be served and we will begin our first visit in the afternoon.

PM: After finishing lunch in the afternoon, you will receive a speech on the diving platform with general instructions about the use of equipment on board, we will begin our first dive afterwards at the northeast of Baltra. Here we will check the weights and conditions of the equipment accompaniedby rays, sharks and sea lions, unique species of the Enchanted Islands!

Day
2
WEDNESDAY

AM: Bartolomé Island (Pinacle Rock)
PM: Rocas Cousin.

Day
2
WEDNESDAY

AM: Bartolomé. An ideal place to start the Adventure, the current is moderate and allows diving down to a maximum depth of 20 meters. Deep in the ocean you can observe white sharks, green turtles, different types of rays, tropical fish and red lipped bat fish, which is endemic to the Galapagos. Occasionally you can find hammerhead sharks. At the end of this dive, a delicious breakfast prepared by our chef awaits you.

PM: Rocas Cousin. The second dive is at an island located 15 minutes by boat from the Island Bartolomé. It is a place with moderate currents, but with excellent opportunities to see seahorses, blood toad fish, schools of eagle rays, sea lions and fur lions, occasionally giant rays.

The topography is a populated hillside with holes and small caves, which are a perfect refuge for eels, octopuses and lobster. This seascape is framed with black corals and different species of sponges.

A nice hot shower and a snack before lunch await you at your return on board. The third dive in the same place will be made after a short break.

The Astrea starts to navigate towards the Island Wolf after the last dive.

Day
3
THURSDAY

AM: Wolf Island – Landslide
PM: The Cave (Optional Diving)

Day
3
THURSDAY

Thursday: Island Wolf

In this remote place of the Galapagos Islands we will have 2 dives.

El Derrumbe. The topography of this place is a hillside; you can dive until 25 meters. Large schools of hammerhead sharks await you. You can also observe Galapagos sharks and other open water species, like hawksbill and green turtles. If you are lucky, you can see the great whale sharks, giant manta rays, eagle rays; and between the rocks morays, scorpion fish and dozens of other species….

La Cueva. You must carry a personal flashlight with you for diving in this place, because it is possible to enter a large underwater tunnel, in which are various caves worth to explore. You can observe morays, lobsters, scorpion fish, nudibranchs and more species. The turtles swim all around through this center area, a great variety of fish. Before entering the cave, you can see Galapagos sharks and ones with a black tip fin.

Day
4
FRIDAY

AM: Darwin Island – Landslide
PM The Cave (Optional Diving)

Day
4
FRIDAY

Friday: Island Darwin

At this marvelous island we will have 4 dives today at the spot called El Arco.

El Arco de Darwin. Here you can see everything the marine life of Galapagos has to offer. Above the ocean you can find uncountable groups of Blue and Red Footed Boobies along with many tropical birds, playful dolphins and occasionally whales around the boat as part of the excitement.

Underwater we will observe a large quantity of species, immense amounts of fish, large schools of hammerhead sharks, turtles, large fish such as yellow tail tuna and albacore. Of course, the most important attraction of this remote spot and one of the main reasons to visit Darwin is the impressive Whale Shark, which is usually present from July to November.

Day
5
SATURDAY

AM: Darwin Island & Wolf Island
* The same places for a new experience!

Day
5
SATURDAY

Saturday: Island Wolf

Back at Wolf we will have two dives at El Derrumbe and La Cueva. A new day brings a new adventure! While in the company of turtles and plenty of hammerheads divers can search for some more whale sharks…

Day
6
SUNDAY

AM: Vicente Roca Point
PM: Marshall Corp

Day
6
SUNDAY

Punta Vicente Roca. First dive starts very early. At the sandy bottom by the corals we will look for large sea horses which live as couples scattered over the dive spot. We also find the catfish, red lipped bat fish and the highlight of the day the Sunfish. This area is home of many marine turtles. All of the species above stay in the area the whole year. After the dive we will do a rubber boat to the shoreline to observe the penguins, flightless cormorants and marine iguanas.

Cabo Marshall. The trip to Cabo Marshall will take a few hours. We will travel along the coastline of Isabela and have an amazing view of the volcanoes that formed the island, Ecuador, Darwin and Wolf. We will cross the equator line south bound.

At Cabo Marshall the main attraction are the giant mantarays, that can have a length of 6m (18ft) wing span, swimming at low depth. Several small fish in large schools are to be seen here, too, such as barracudas.

Day
7
MONDAY

AM: Pinzon Island
PM: Charles Darwin Research Station

Day
7
MONDAY

Monday: Island Pinzón

At this small island located in the center of the Archipelago, we will have our last dives of the trip. We will see the red lipped bat fish, giant manta rays between 3 and 6 meters tall, marbel rays, eagle rays and a large quantity of marine turtles.

In the afternoon we travel towards Santa Cruz and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station with his interaction center and the giant tortoises that live here. They are bred to set them into the wilderness.

Day
8
TUESDAY

AM: Santa Cruz Highlands – Baltra

Day
8
TUESDAY

Tuesday. Santa Cruz Highlands – Baltra.

Before flying back to the mainland we visit the Highlands with the tortoises in their natural environment, several types of finches and the CratersGemelos.

The giant tortoises in their natural state are the main attraction of this place, and the presence of several species of Darwin finches and vermillion flycatcher.

For those who want to continue the adventure around the Galapagos Islands, ASTREAalso offers a Naturalist cruise to explore the Islands on Land in an 8 day cruise.

For those who leave the Enchanted Islands our guide will take you back to the airport in Baltra and check you in for your flight home, full of beautiful memories.

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Price for Complete Equipment (8 Days).
Complete Equipment $ 275 per person / per week
Price for Rental Diving Equipment includes:
Wetsuit
Boots / Botines
Fins / Aletas
Snorkel Gear / Mascara y Tubo
Oktupus / Regulador
BCD / Chaleco

* Each passenger must brign their own computer
* Nitrox Not Included

IMPORTANT NOTE

** We require that passenger have 40 – 45 dives and count with the necessary experience in the open sea and with strong currents, updrafts and downdrafts, diving walls and good emergency techniques.

  • Valid international diving license (Advanced or intermediate)
  • Medical Certificate
  • Diving Insurance (DAN)
  • More than 45 logged dives
  • Nitrox Certification: If clients use this service, they must have a Nitrox Certification
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    Day
    1
    TUESDAY

    AM: Arrival to Baltra
    PM: Seymour Island

    Day
    1
    TUESDAY

    Island Baltra – Island Seymour

    Baltra: Arrival in Baltra Island, our guide will be waiting for welcome you to the islands! Once the group is complete, we will move to the dock, where we embark the yacht. Our crew will welcome to you. Lunch will be served and we will begin our first visit in the afternoon.

    PM: Seymour Island(Dry landing).Seymour is located 30 minutes in the North from Baltra.This place is privileged for birdwatching; you will have the chance to see frigates,blue footed boobies, masked boobies, swallow-tailed gulls. Land and marine Iguanas, sea lions can be seen during the walking. We will also be able to have a beautiful view of Daphne Islet from this island.

     

    Day
    2
    WEDNESDAY

    AM: Plazas Island
    PM: Santa Fe Island (snorkel)

    Day
    2
    WEDNESDAY

    Island Plaza Sur – Island Santa Fe

    AM: South Plazas Island (Dry landing). The tour starts with a walk through a landscape surrounded by the Cactus Opuntia, large colonies of sea lions can be found in the shores. Land iguanas are the most representative animals in South Plaza, this place is also ideal for bird watching as the “pilot bird”, it has a large tail with feathers. Also we can see Nazca Boobies and some marine iguanas.

    PM: Santa Fe (Wet landing). We will disembark on a white sand beach with turquoise water, where you can see some sea lions resting. During the visit you can see land iguanas, the Conolophuspallidusis endemic specie, this can be found only on this Island, these animals have anattractive color. In Santa Fe we can also see some birds, like the Galapagos Hawk.  It is an excellent place to do snorkel, the marine life is incredible in this spot, and if you are lucky you will be able to see Rays.

     

    Day
    3
    THURSDAY

    AM: Santa Cruz
    PM: Devil´s Crown (snorkel) &Punta Cormorant

    Day
    3
    THURSDAY

    Island Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora) – Island Floreana

    AM: Santa Cruz-Puerto Ayora (Drylanding). The day begins with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Interpretation Center FaustoLlerena where land iguanas and turtles live in captivity due to scientific programs for the conservation of the islands.

    PM: Floreana – Corona del Diablo. Considered one of the best places to do snorkel, here you can observe tropical fish, sea lions, rays and sharks.

    Floreana- Punta Cormorant(Wet landing). This point is located in the north of the island; the beach where we disembark has a slight greenish color, similar to the Olivine, a mineral of volcanic origin. In the course of the trail you can occasionally observe a large population of flamingos that sit around a lagoon, down the road you will observe a white sand beach thatis the nesting ground for sea turtles.

    Day
    4
    FRIDAY

    AM: Dragon Hill
    PM: Sombrero Chino (snorkel)

    Day
    4
    FRIDAY

    Island Santa Cruz- Cerro Dragón – Islet Sombrero Chino

    AM: Dragon Hill(Dry landing). The trail starts for a small white sand beach which is delineated by black rocks that contrasts with the color ofthe Galapagos red crab that are sitting on the stones. Inside the island is a lake, where occasionally we can observe endemic species, flamingos and other migratory birds. In this area it is possible to see several species of birds, as Darwin finches and mockingbirds.

    Cerro Dragon is characterized for hosting a large population of land iguanas repatriated to their place of origin through programs of the Charles Darwin Research Station.

    PM: Sombrero Chino wet landing. This island is named because of its shape, which resembles a Chinese hat when viewed from above, it is very interesting place to see different lava formations. Some young sea lions rest on the beach and occasionally penguins can be found. Sombrero Chino provides excellent conditions for snorkeling.

    Day
    5
    SATURDAY

    AM: Cowly Islet (snorkel)
    PM: Albany Islet (snorkel)

    Day
    5
    SATURDAY

    Islet Cowley – Islet Albany

    AM: Isla Cowley. Snorkeling will be our activity during this day, it is possible to observe white sharks, lots of reef fish, sea lions and occasionally lobsters, eels and turtles.Large manta rays and eagle rayscan be found in the eastern part of theislet.  During the ride with the rubber boat it is possible to see blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, gulls and sea lions and marine iguanas resting on the rocks.

    PM: Islet Albany. Snorkeling is the main activity at this point too, especially in the Northeast it is possible to see eagle rays, schools of barracuda, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, sea turtles and lots of reef fish, including other open water species such as tuna or saws.During the ride with the rubber boat it is possible to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies, different species of gulls, marine iguanas and sea lions resting on the rocks. It is also possible to observe sea turtles raising their heads out of the water. Under the terms you may also visit CaletaBucanero.

    Day
    6
    SUNDAY

    AM: Puerto Egas
    PM: Sullivan Bay

    Day
    6
    SUNDAY

    Isla Santiago – Puerto Egas – Bahía Sullivan

    AM: Puerto Egas(Wet landing). It is one of the most spectacular places of theGalapagos , a black beach with common presence of sea lions and fur lions in projecting volcanic rock formations where dozens of marine iguanas rest. From the surface you can see sea turtles swimming in the turquoise water.It is a place that keeps part of the history of the Galapagos where there was human presence in the nineteenth century because of the mining of salt.

    PM: Sullivan Bay Dry landing. The impressive layers of lava are the main feature of this place. Different formations of volcanic material can be observed. It is possible to snorkel with Galapagos penguins, sea stars and goldfish.

    Day
    7
    MONDAY

    AM: Rabida Island (snorkel)
    PM: Bartolome Island (snorkel)

    Day
    7
    MONDAY

    Island Rábida – Island Bartolomé

    AM: Rabida (Wet landing). This place provides a breathtaking view on the red beach where large colonies of sea lions rest. On the back of the beach we will find a lagoon, occasionally we can observe flamingos and different species of seabirds. Along the way the trail you can see blue-footed boobies and other species of seabirds. While snorkeling near the beach you can swim with sea turtles and different species of rays.

    PM: Bartolomé(Dry landing). A hike to the top of the island will take place where you can see the big and famous gable, the famous Pinnacle Rock, admiring the creation and evolution of the islands. On the beach you can snorkel with Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, several species of rays and tropical fish. If time permits you, you can do a ride with the rubber boat at sunset.

    Day
    8
    Tuesday

    AM: Mosquera Islet – Baltra

    Day
    8
    Tuesday

    Islet Mosquera – Baltra

    AM: Mosquera (Wet landing). This small island is an attractive place consists of subsea lifting plates; a thick layer of white sand is the resting place of colonies of juvenile sea lions playing in the banks. You can also see gulls and migratory birds.

    AM: Baltra The guide will accompany you to the airport for your return flight to the Mainland.

     

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