Darwin Bay and Carawa Tour

San Cristobal

1 day

Duration

Open Water License

Difficulty

12 years

Age
Requirement: Open Water License (minimum 4 dives)

Tour details

On this tour, you’ll have the opportunity to explore two of the most fascinating diving sites in the Galápagos Islands. Discover the amazing marine life that inhabits the crystal-clear waters of Bahía de Darwin and explore the mysteries of a century-old shipwreck at Carawa. Your day will be full of underwater discoveries in the company of an experienced diving instructor.

Wildlife you will have the opportunity to observe

At sea:

  • Reef Shark
  • Cat Shark
  • Sea Turtles
  • Stingrays
  • Mola Mola (Sunfish)
  • Dolphins
  • Sea Lions
  • Starfish
  • Sea Urchins
  • Various Fish Species

Birds:

  • Blue-footed Boobies
  • Nazca Boobies
  • Pelicans
  • Frigatebirds

Equipment:

Long wetsuit

Fins
Boots

mascara snorkel
Snorkel
Mask
mascara snorkel

Regulator BCD (Buoyancy Control Device)

buzo

Lead Weights

mascara snorkel

Two tanks

IMPORTANT: All passengers must arrive at the agency a day before the tour for the equipment test, between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Nature of the site:

Darwin Bay | 1 inmersion

Visibility: Can range from 8 to 25 meters.
Temperature: January to July: 23°C to 25°C | August to December: 18°C to 22°C.

Depth: 10 – 18 meters

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Diving time: 45 minutes

Carawa | 1 inmersion

Visibility: Can be from 10 to 25 meters

Temperature: January to July: 23°C to 25°C | August to December: 18°C to 22°C

Depth: 12 – 16 meters

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Dive time: 45 minutes

Tour includes:

Snacks

Drinks

Fruits

Life jacket

Photos and videos

Diving instructor

Water

Diving equipment

Itinerary:

Preparations and Start of the Day

All passengers must arrive promptly at the agency by 7:30 a.m. on the day of the tour. At 8:00 a.m., we will head to Dock Acuario I, where we will introduce you to your diving instructor, and our exciting day will begin.

Exploration at Darwin Bay
Our first stop will be at the spectacular diving site known as Darwin Bay. Here, your diving instructor will provide a detailed introductory briefing before you immerse into the crystal-clear waters. This dive will take you to explore the underwater wonders for approximately 45 minutes, where you’ll have the chance to spot a fascinating variety of marine life, including playful sea lions, reef sharks, elusive batfish, graceful rays, curious pufferfish, elegant barracudas, majestic turtles, colorful sea urchins, and different types of sea stars, in addition to moray eels, lobsters, and octopuses.
Exploration at Carawa
We’ll sail for about 15 minutes to reach the second diving site, Carawa, where a shipwreck occurred approximately 100 years ago. This ship used to export to the mainland of Ecuador and over time, has turned into an impressive reef. Here, you’ll gear up with diving equipment and receive a briefing from your diving guide before descending. During this approximately 45-minute immersion, you’ll follow a line that takes you around the sunken ship, exploring a fascinating underwater ecosystem that includes sea lions, rays, pufferfish, barracudas, turtles, sea urchins, various starfish, eels, lobsters, and octopuses.
Back to the port
After a day filled with thrilling underwater explorations, you’ll return to the port around 1:00 p.m. This schedule is subject to ocean conditions, but rest assured, your day will be full of unforgettable experiences and discoveries in the stunning underwater world of the Galápagos Islands.

Gallery:

Recommendations:

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Bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a water bottle, and personal items for your trip.
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If you have your own snorkeling or diving equipment, you can bring it either a day before and leave it at the agency or on the same day of the tour.

Conditions:

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The tour can also be carried out in the afternoon, starting at 1:00 p.m. and concluding at 5:30 p.m.
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This itinerary is subject to changes at the discretion of the Galapagos National Park and your Naturalist Guide, in certain cases, depending on ocean conditions. We take safety seriously and always strive to provide you with the best and safest experience.
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In light of the pandemic, we have implemented strict cleaning policies. All equipment is thoroughly disinfected between uses, the agency and the boat are cleaned daily. Hand sanitizer is available at all times.

$165

Tour price

We will sail for about 15 minutes until they reach the second dive site called Carawa. A ship that was wrecked approximately 100 years ago, exported different products to continental Ecuador. Here you can observe different species, since over time a large reef has formed around the hull of the ship.

 

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