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7 days 6 nights
Availability : Once per month at fixed date
San Cristobal Airport (SCY)
Baltra Airport (GPS)
Min Age : 8+


     – 5 full days, 2 half days in total –
This tour offers a good alternative to cruises, for travelers wanting to visit the Galapagos without being on a boat all the time. You still enjoy traveling in a small group, but have free time to explore the small towns. And as in a cruise, you are accompanied by a top naturalist guide all the tour. We do not sacrifice on visits; you’ll see plenty of endemic and native species and have great snorkel excursions. We use comfortable, human size hotels. We provide the snorkel equipment and wetsuits. We can also add some days of excursions or free days before or after the tour if you want, feel free to ask!



Day 1San Cristobal

We will pick you up on arrival at the airport of San Cristobal Island and take you to the hotel. After a nice lunch with the guide, you will go get your snorkeling gear and we will depart for a great first snorkeling session. The spot will be selected by the guide according to the tide. Today you will spot your first sea lions (underwater or at the beach), tropical fishes, and surely marine iguanas.
Meals included this day: lunch.
Tip: take a stroll on in the evening along the waterfront and on the piers: spot all the sea lions on the beaches, on the benches and sometimes even in the street!
Difficulty: EASY

Day 2San Cristobal – Lobos island

Note: the tour will either take place AM or PM; the second half of the day is free. Lunch is included. In the free time you can take a dip in the nearby beaches in company of the sea lions.

Lobos island is a nearby islet (navigation is approx. 30mn) where you can spot blue footed boobies and frigate birds. You will walk for 1h00/1h30. After the walk your will have a snorkeling session. (Easy session, in quite shallow water). After the snorkeling our last stop will be a beach where we will have a bit of free time (Ochoa beach). Lunch is included on board whether the tour takes place from 8 to 12h30 or from 13h00 to 17h30.

Meals included this day: breakfast and lunch
Tip: you have a half day free this day so here are some suggestions on what you can do: take a cab to explore the Junco lagoon, or hang at Playa Mann the beach local go, where you have to share the beach with the sea lions!
Difficulty: EASY- MEDIUM

Alternative excursion to Lobos Island (subject to availability): if you are looking for a more thrilling experience, you can instead of Lobos island opt for Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido – sleeping Lion), a volcanic formation amid the ocean. There you might spot sharks, rays, turtles and if you are lucky hammerhead sharks! The wall of the rock underwater is also beautiful with plenty of tropical fishes. The tour also includes a stop at a nice beach where we will have time to relax, swim and walk around to take pictures. You will be back around 14h30 in the afternoon.
Extra cost for this tour: + $60 p.p.
Tip: it is mandatory to be a good swimmer / comfortable in open wáter for this tour. This is a shared boat tour with max 12 people on board.

Day 3Floreana

Breakfast will be served at your hotel. Then you will be picked-up to go to the pier where you depart around 8AM to Floreana island. The boat ride lasts for about 2h30 hours. Floreana is the less populated island, it has not grown a lot in the past year and is not very accessible, therefore it is still pristine and authentic. At arrival we will go to the “Peace Asylum where the first colons arrived on the Galapagos. The guide will tell you about the incredible stories about whalers, pirates and the first families that settled there, including the “Baroness”. We will then have lunch. Afterwards you can either join the guide for a snorkel session at Loberia beach or just enjoy the black sand beach in front of the hotel. You can also walk around the small village and enjoy a drink watching the sun set.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Fun Fact: A movie is being shot in Australia inspired by the first colons stories (Origin of Species, by Ron Howard).
Difficulty: EASY

Day 4Isabela

In the morning we will get ready to navigate to Isabela. It takes approx. 1h30 to reach this beau-tiful island. At arrival, transfer to the hotel and lunch. In the afternoon we will do the Tintoreras tour. you have a short hike and snorkel. There you can spot small Galapagos penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and often you can even spot white-tipped reef sharks in one of the channels. Evening free.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch.
Fun Fact: Tintoreras is called this way because it is a place where you can spot the white tip reef sharks. Called in Spanish Tintoreras.
Difficulty: EASY

Alternative excursion to Tintoreras (subject to availability): If you want a longer snorkeling you can opt this day for the tour to the Tunnels of Cabo Rosa. You will depart at 11AM and be back around 17h00. It’s 45 MN boat ride each way- At Cabo Rosa lava has flowed into the ocean and formed beautiful lava tunnels. There you may see penguins, blue-footed boobies, and sea turtles. However, the highlight is snorkeling. You have the chance to see sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, seahorses, and many tropical fishes.
Extra cost for this tour: + 100$
Meals included: breakfast, lunch.
Tip: Bring a SD card of flash memory because the guides often share their pics at the end of the tour.
Difficulty: EASY

Day 5The Sierra Negra Volcano Hike

Early in the morning you will be picked-up and driven towards the highlands: You will start a 8km (to go and walk back) trekking to the Sierra Negra crater, which has the second largest active caldera in the world of 10km (6.2 miles) diameter. Once you have returned from the vol-cano, you will have lunch at a local farm. On the way back we will stop at the flamingo’s lagoon so we can spot these graceful pink birds. Then we head to the pier and take the 15h00 boat to Santa Cruz. The ride takes 2h30. At arrival you will go to the hotel and get the instructions for the next day activity.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch.
Tip: look on your way to Sierra Negra for the “little vermillion flycatcher” , a very rare bird species that can be spotted in this area.
Difficulty: MODERATE

Day 6Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast we will go the highlands to spot the famous Galapagos tortoises in the wild. San-ta Cruz is the islands where you can see the biggest ones. We will also visit a lava tube and have lunch in a nice ranch in the highlands. In the afternoon we will finish our tour with the beautiful beach of Tortuga Bay. We will go one way and the way back walking a 3km trail back to town, among giant endemic cactuses “opuntia”. Tortuga bay is a pristine beach with white sand and a lagoon surrounded by mangroves. Free time there, each one can go back to town when they wish (no guide mandatory there). We will all meet for a farewell dinner.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Tip: you can rent kayaks on the Tortuga Bay beach if you want. (Not included).
Also Santa Cruz is the best island for souvenir shopping.
Difficulty: EASY

Day 7Baltra airport

3 hours before your flight we will pick you up and take you to the airport. Our chauffeur will take you up to your airline counter. -END OF SERVICES-

Note: the ferry + Lobito bus fee are included.
Meals included: breakfast.
Difficulty: EASY

The program can change due to unforeseen circumstances (such as strikes or meteorological conditions) without prior notice.
  • FLIGHT IN: The flight IN must be to San Cristobal Island (code SCY).
    Airlines flying to this island are either LATAM,AVIANCA or EQUAIR.Please choose a flight arriving no later than 1PM
  • FLIGHT OUT: The flight OUT must be out of BALTRA (code GPS).
    Departures from this island are operatedeither by LATAM, EQUAIR or AVIANCA.
    -Please choose a flight leaving not before 1PM (not before or you would be missing the morning activity)
  • MEALS: Meals are not “a la carte”, but menus. Please let us know, if you haveany allergy orspecial diet. Typical meal is soup, main plate with vegetables and rice, fresh made juice and a dessert. Coffee and alcoholic drinks are not included
  • WATER: You can fill up water bottles in all the hotels each morning before going on the tour. Tap water is not drinkable!
  • TRANSPORTATION: Is made by small speedboats between islands. Navigation times can take up to 3 hours due to the distance between islands and currents. We cannot control the ocean, if a swell comes in the ride can be bumpy, especially during the Garúa season (June to September approx). If you are usually subject to motion sickness please bring parches or pills (you can also buy pills on Galapagos). From experience, the parches are really effective!
  • RYTHM OF THE TOUR: This is a pretty active tour, you need to be fit (be used to hiking and swimming). Specifically the volcano hike is demanding and the group cannot wait too long for slow hikers. If you have doubts that you cannot follow the volcano hike we recommend you to book the alternative Cabo Rosa tour. The issue is that you cannot be left behind on the tour to the volcano due to the National Park restrictions; the group has to be always accompanied by the guide. To make most out of the time spent on the Galapagos Islands, early wake ups are scheduled. If you would like to spend some extra days on your own without itinerary we will be happy to help you to book extra nights before and/or after the tour.
Accommodation is in nice, clean hotels with private bathrooms, hot water, and Wi-fi (though it can be very spotty or even inexistant some days as we are on remote islands).
  • San Cristobal:
    Casa Katarma (or similar)
  • Isabela:
    Isamar (or similar)
  • Santa Cruz:
    Red Booby (or similar)

And now the prices! Prices are per person and in US dollars. The minimum age required for this tour is 8 years old. Up to 11 years old kids have 30% discount as long as they share their parents’ room.

7 Day Tour

Double/Triple Room

ADULT in double/ triple room

$ 1850



  • Kicker Rock instead of Lobos Island: +60$ pp

  • Tunnels snorkel tour in Isabela instead of Tintoreras: + 100$ pp

  • Upgrade hotel from tourist class to superior hotels: +500$ pp in double, +800$ in single room.

Prices Include

  • Meals on the islands as mentioned in the program (some dinners are free)
  • Tours with English-speaking guides certified by the National Park
  • All transportation (boat, bus, taxi) (except transportation during the free time)
  • Snorkel gear including fins and wetsuit (shorty 2.5mm or long 2.5mm according to the season)
  • Accommodation in double or triple room occupancy
  • Isabela entry fee
  • Lobito bus (at Baltra airport)
  • Santa Cruz pier tax
  • Water taxis

Prices Exclude

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Additional costs for flight delays or cancellations
  • All services not mentioned on the program.
  • Travel insurance – IT IS MANDATORY TO HAVE ONE, covering last minute trip can-cellations, health issues, baggage loss etc.
  • Single supplement if you are a solo traveler.
  • Tips

Departure Dates:

guaranteed departures as of 8 people, please ask us about your prefered date. in case the tour does not reach 8 people min. we would offer you an alternative itinerary
DATES: 2023
JULY 09-15
AUGUST 13-19

DATES: 2024

MARCH 17-23
APRIL 14-21
MAY 12-18
JUNE 16-22
JULY 14-20
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Couple Traveller

My wife and I had a marvelous trip, partly because of the complex beauty of the islands, but also because we were so lucky to have Jorge as our guide. He was passionate about the islands, and he was a vast storehouse of information about their geology, human history, and unique complexity of plant and animal life. He was an excellent communicator, even though English was obviously his 2nd language. He presented information to us through stories, anecdotes, and observations, and he did it all with a marvelous sense of humor. He knew people on every island we visited, which proved helpful in learning about things like snorkeling conditions or specific locations of recent animal sightings. The tour was very well organized with the right amount of activities, exercise and great local food. Everything was glitch-free, including the boat trips, equipment rentals, meals, tours, and hotel stays. I appreciate Sharksky’s professionalism, and I absolutely loved Jorge our tour leader. We also had wonderful support from everyone else who supported various parts of the trip. I highly recommend a Sharksky tour as a was to get to know one of the most incredible places on Earth.

November 7, 2018