Isla Tortuga Diving Tour

Isabela

1 day

Duration

Open Water License

Difficulty

12 years old

Age
Requirement: Must have an Open Water License (minimum 8 dives)

Tour details

Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters of Tortuga Island in Isabela, Galápagos, for an exciting diving experience. In this underwater journey, you will have the opportunity to explore the fascinating marine ecosystems surrounding this island, home to rich biodiversity and a wide variety of marine species.

Our highly qualified diving guide will accompany you on this underwater adventure, providing information and ensuring your safety at all times. Get ready to discover an aquatic world full of surprises, from colorful tropical fish to majestic rays, sharks, and other unique marine creatures of the Galápagos

Wildlife you’ll have the opportunity to observe

At sea:

  • Hammerhead shark
  • Blacktip and whitetip reef sharks
  • Sea turtles
  • Sea lions
  • Eagle rays
  • Devil rays
  • Giant mantas
  • Starfish
  • Sea urchins
  • Various fish species

Birds:

  • Blue-footed boobies
  • Nazca boobies
  • Pelicans
  • Frigates
  • Lava gulls
  • Tropical birds

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 one day before the tour for equipment testing, between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Nature of the site:

Isla Tortuga | 2 inmersions

Visibility: It can range from 10 to 30 meters.
Temperature: January to July: 23°C to 25°C | August to December: 18°C to 22°C
Depth: 15 – 20 meters
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Dive Duration: 45 minutes

The tour includes:

Lunch

Snacks

Drinks

Fruits

Life jacket

Photos and videos

Diving instructor

Water

Diving equipment

Itinerary:

Preparation and Departure
The day starts early with all participants gathering at the agency at 7:15 a.m. to get ready for an exciting adventure on Isla Tortuga. At 7:30 a.m., we’ll head to Aquarium I Dock, where you’ll realize you’re about to embark on a unique experience. Here, you’ll meet your friendly and knowledgeable naturalist guide, who will accompany you throughout the entire journey.
Navigation and Sighting

As you move away from the coast, you’ll enjoy about 30 minutes of navigation towards Tortuga Island. During this time, you may spot playful dolphins approaching to greet you and various bird species soaring across the horizon. This is just the beginning of the excitement that awaits you.

Panga Ride and Bird Watching

Once you arrive at Tortuga Island, the first activity on the agenda is a panga ride along the coast. Accompanied by your naturalist guide, you will immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and observe endemic and native bird species, such as majestic frigatebirds, Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, lava gulls, and colorful tropical birds. Your guide will provide a comprehensive briefing and share detailed information about the location and the fascinating creatures around you.

First Dive

After the bird-watching experience, it’s time to dive into the depths of Tortuga Island. Equipped with scuba gear and instructions from your expert diving instructor, you’ll be ready to explore one of the most stunning dive sites off Isabela Island. Here, at a cleaning station, you can witness astonishing animal activity. Hammerhead sharks, giant mantas, sea turtles, a variety of tropical fish, graceful rays, playful sea lions, majestic marine iguanas, and black-and-white tip sharks are just some of the wonders you might encounter. This dive lasts approximately 45 minutes, and the maximum depth reaches 18 meters.

Rest and Refreshments

After the first dive, you will return to the boat to relax and enjoy refreshing snacks and beverages. You will have approximately an hour to recharge before the next dive.

Second dive

The second dive of the day will take you to the west side of Tortuga Island. Once again, you’ll gear up with scuba equipment and receive comprehensive instructions from your diving instructor. Immerse yourself in another underwater world full of wonders, where encounters with hammerhead sharks, Galápagos sharks, reef sharks, majestic manta rays, playful turtles, elusive octopuses, sleek barracudas, curious sea lions, and more await you. The duration of this dive is also approximately 45 minutes.

Back to the port

Your day of underwater adventures will come to an end with a return to the port. The exact time, around 1:15 p.m., will depend on ocean conditions. This experience will leave you with unforgettable memories and a deep appreciation for the amazing marine life of the Galápagos.

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Recommendations:

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Bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a water bottle, and personal items for your journey.

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If you have your own snorkeling or diving equipment, you can bring it either the day before and leave it at the agency or on the same day of the tour.

Conditions:

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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. Each piece of equipment is thoroughly disinfected between uses, and the agency and the boat are cleaned daily. Hand sanitizer is available at all times.

$255

Tour price

Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters of Tortuga Island in Isabela, Galápagos, for an exciting diving experience.

 

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