Snorkeling at Darwin Bay

San Cristobal

1 day

Duration

Low

Difficulty

5 years

Age

Tour details

Get ready to dive into the crystal-clear waters and explore one of the most impressive places in the archipelago. Darwin Bay is renowned for its diverse marine life and waters filled with underwater treasures. On this excursion, we’ll take you to the best snorkeling spots, where you’ll have the opportunity to swim alongside a wide variety of marine creatures, from reef sharks to turtles, rays, and a multitude of exotic fish.

Wildlife you’ll have the opportunity to observe

At sea:

  • Sea turtles
  • Sea lions
  • Rays
  • Reef sharks
  • Catsharks
  • Starfish
  • Barracudas
  • Moray eels
  • Lobsters
  • Octopuses
  • Tuna
  • and more

Birds:

  • Blue-footed boobies
  • Pelicans
  • Frigatebirds
  • Finches

Equipment:

Short wetsuit

Fins

mascara snorkel

Snorkel mask

IMPORTANT: All passengers must arrive at the agency one day prior to the tour for equipment testing between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Tour includes:

Snacks

Drinks

Towels

Life jacket

Snorkel equipment

Water

Itinerary:

Preparation and boarding

All passengers must arrive at the agency at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the tour. At 8:15 a.m., we will head to Aquarium Dock I, where you will meet your guide.

Exploration in Darwin Bay

We will sail to the first spot called Darwin Bay, where you will have your first snorkeling activity of the day. The guide will provide an introductory talk, and then you will jump into the sea. This exciting activity lasts approximately 45 minutes and will provide you with the opportunity to observe a wide variety of marine life, including sea lions, reef sharks, batfish, rays, pufferfish, barracudas, turtles, sea urchins, various types of starfish, moray eels, lobsters, octopuses, and more. Once the activity is concluded, you’ll return to the boat to enjoy a snack and drinks.

Panga Ride in Darwin Bay

Afterward, you will embark on an exciting panga ride along the cliffs of Darwin Bay, where you will have the opportunity to observe marine birds such as blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls, and pelicans. You will also be able to spot dolphins and sea lions as you explore the nearby waters.

Exploration in Carawa

You will sail for about 15 minutes to reach the second panga ride site called Carawa, the location of a shipwreck that occurred approximately 100 years ago, which used to export goods to the mainland of Ecuador. During this activity, you can observe sea lions, turtles, rays, and dolphins while exploring the maritime history of the region.

Return to the port

The return to the port is scheduled for around 1:00 p.m., although the exact time may vary depending on ocean conditions. This experience will provide you with a day full of exciting adventures and leave you with unforgettable memories of the fauna and natural beauty of the Galápagos Islands.

Recommendations:

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Bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water bottle, 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 day of the tour.

Conditions:

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The tour can also be done 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 change 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, the agency, and the boat are cleaned daily. Hand sanitizer is available at all times.

$80

Tour price

We will navigate to the first site called Darwin Bay, here we will do our first snorkeling activity of the day. The guide will give you the briefing and later you will jump into the sea.

 

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