5 days / 4 nights Island Hopping – San Cristobal and Santa Cruz

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In this five day trip you will discover amazing species of the archipelago, such as the famous giant tortoises. Also you will be able to snorkel in the shallow waters of Tijeretas Bay.

3 full days, 2 half day of visit in total


Day 1San Cristobal

You will be picked up at the airport by your private certified guide who will take you to the hotel. After your lunch with the guide, you will visit the Interpretation Center, where he will explain to you about the formation, colonization and actual situation of the islands. You will then follow the trail to the Frigate bird hill, a viewpoint from which you have a beautiful view over the island. You will be able to snorkel in the shallow waters of Tijeretas Bay or Carola Beach (according to the tide your guide will take you to the best spot), where you can see sea lions, various tropical fish, and turtles. Your small hike will finish at Carola Beach from where you will go back to the hotel and have your evening free.
For dinner, you have several options in town to choose as the Descanso Marinero for delicious seafood, the Midori famous for its sushis, the Guiseppe’s for pizzas and the Rincon de Sebas for its excellent empanadas and local meals.

Tour with a private guide
Meal included: Lunch

Day 2San Cristobal

Today we give you the option of going to one of these 2 excursions: (please let us know your preference when booking)

Tour 1 – Lobos Island (mostly hiking):
On a 30 min boat ride from the port you arrive on Lobos Island; as its name implies, home to a large sea lion colony. But that’s not the only thing you’ll find while you’ll hike and snorkel at the island on this half day tour. During the hike, you hopefully spot blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and frigate birds, while during snorkeling you can often see the marine iguanas eating, as well as rays and turtles in the sandy bottom that separates Lobos Island from the mainland of San Cristobal. This tour includes a stop at Playa Ochoa. In the early afternoon, you will be back at the port and have free time for the rest of the afternoon.

Boat tour shared with max 16 people
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Tour 2 – Kicker Rock (mostly snorkeling):
You will visit the famous Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido – Sleeping Lion), a volcanic formation amid the ocean. There you will be able to snor-kel with sharks, rays, turtles and if you are lucky also with hammerhead sharks! After lunch on the boat, you will go to a beautiful, pristine beach, where you will have time to relax. In the afternoon you will return to the port. The rest of the day is at your leisure. You can watch the sunset on Playa Mann or go to Loberia (about $5 each way by taxi). There you can walk the Barranco Cliff Trail.

Shared tour max 12 on board
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3San Cristobal - Santa Cruz

At 6:30 am we will pick you up at your hotel and accompany you to the harbor where you will take at 7:00 am and share with other passengers the speedboat to Santa Cruz (approx. 2-hour ride). Your private local guide will receive you at the harbor and take you to the hotel. After check-in, you and your guide will drive to a ranch in the highlands to see giant tortoises in their native environment! After lunch, you will stop at the Twin Craters, where you can observe a huge crater, a remnant of the time when Santa Cruz was still a volcanic active is-land. You will continue to Garrapatero Beach where you will have the opportunity to swim. In the evening, you will be free to wander around Santa Cruz. You can choose among a lot of restaurants in town for dinner. We recommend you a walk at night along the pier where you can often spot juvenile blacktip sharks swimming!

Shared boat to Santa Cruz (max 30 people) and then visits with a private guide
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4Uninhabited island

You will participate in a yacht tour to an uninhabited island. That will either be Santa Fé, Plazas, Bartolomé or Seymour. The destination will depend on availability, weekday and program of the National Park. We will let you know immediately which island is available when you book the tour. On Santa Fé and Plazas you can spot endemic land iguanas. Bartolomé is known for beautiful lava sceneries and on Seymour you can see frigate birds, land iguanas, and blue-footed boobies.

Shared tour max 20 on board
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6Santa Cruz - Baltra airport

If there is enough free time until your transfer to the airport we suggest that you visit the Charles Darwin Station (entrance free). Your driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the Itabaca Channel, which you will cross on a ferry. For the last part of your trip to the air-port, you will take the public bus. Your driver will accompany you to the check-in point where your program ends with your return flight to the mainland. Baltra is the world’s first green airport!

Private transfer to airport
Meals included: Breakfast


(there are 3 categories of hotels):

Accommodation is in nice, clean hotels with private bathrooms, hot water, air-conditioning and Wi-fi (not always working, as we are on islands). We always prefer family-owned hotels.
There are 3 categories of hotels: ** we use these below or similar according to availability in the moment of booking, we will always reconfirm hotel names before your final booking**

Tourist class hotels: ★

  • San Cristobal: Casa Blanca, Zayapa
  • Isabela: Iguana, Cally
  • Santa Cruz: Posada del Mar, DejaVu

Tourist superior class hotels: ★★

  • San Cristobal: Casa Playa Mann, Casa Iguana Mar y Sol
  • Isabela: Isabela Beach House, Albermarle
  • Santa Cruz: Villa Laguna, Acacia

First class hotels: ★★★

  • San Cristobal: Indigo hotel, Golden Bay
  • Isabela: Iguana Crossing
  • Santa Cruz: Solymar, Angermeyer




Per person
Single room supplement +95 USD

1565 USD

  • Prices are valid until December 20th – Please consult us for Christmas/New Year’s dates
  • Kids: 0-2 pay 50% of the price, 3-11 years old pay 80% of the price


Per person
Single room supplement +550 USD

1897 USD

  • Prices are valid until December 20th – Please consult us for Christmas/New Year’s dates
  • Kids: 0-2 pay 50% of the price, 3-11 years old pay 80% of the price


Per person
Single room supplement +1071 USD

2550 USD

  • Prices are valid until December 20th – Please consult us for Christmas/New Year’s dates
  • Kids: 0-2 pay 50% of the price, 3-11 years old pay 80% of the price


  • Daily visits with a Guide certified by the National Park – we use local guides on each island, and you are also assisted by our operation staff on each island (English speaking)
  • Meals mentioned
  • Accommodation in double-room (please specify if twin room or double bed needed)
  • All transportation on the islands (boat, car) (except transportation during the free time)
  • Snorkeling gear including fins and Wetsuit (shorty 2.5mm) when the excursions include water activities (not during free time activities)


  • Flight from/to mainland (approx. 550$)
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park $100,-** (to be paid upon arrival at the airport – CASH ONLY – There is no ATM at the airport. Please bring enough cash).
    **Prices can be changed by the government authorities without prior notice**
  • TCT Migration card $20** to be paid in cash in Quito or Guayaquil airport (Consejo de Gobierno counter, easy to spot in the airport. There you will also have to register your personal details before you go to the check-in counter of your airline).
    **Prices can be changed by the government authorities without prior notice**
  • Additional costs for flight delays or cancellations
  • All not mentioned services in the program
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (guides expect tips, and also the boat crew – for boat excursions not for transfers between islands)
• Prices for min. 2 people (ask us for the rate in case of 1 participants)
• Please ask for group rates (from 3+)
• Prices are excluding VAT – If you book from outside Ecuador and pay from outside Ecuador to our bank account in Ecuador VAT will not be added (as of June 2017)
• Prices are valid until December 20th – please consult for Christmas season prices
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Couple Traveller

My wife and chose the Galápagos Islands For our honeymoon as we were looking for a place where neither of us had been before. We wanted to experience all the islands had to offer together. The diversity and echo systems on the Galapagos islands certainly delivered a most truly and memorable experience. We were put in touch with sharksky adventures through our contacts at Waterways Surf Travel, Malibu California. They primarily conduct surf tours, and there are waves on San Cristóbal Island, which I was happy to have had the opportunity to sample. The team at SharkSky, Pepo, and most importantly Ariel,…always available with a smile on his face, always ready to provide information, or direct us to another activity, or another unforgettable sight to see. These guys are on top of their game, they know the conditions, they know the islands, and they are there to provide you with a plethora of recommendations. We did not have a bad meal the entire time, the best, freshest seafood I’ve ever had in my lifetime. Cannot day enough good things about this crew!

December 4, 2019