Darwin & Wolf
Join Roberto Ochoa in Galapagos on an exclusive expedition to ‘Sharks Heaven’ to promote the conservation of the world’s largest population of sharks. We visit Darwin & Wolf Islands on every trip, the diving there is arguably the best in the world!
The Danubio Azul iInerary has two days with long (you’ll be asleep) overnight navigations in order to get to these crown jewels of world class diving. You will enjoy 4 dives per day at Wolf and Darwin.
Each of our expeditions will run for 10 days, with 6 days of diving. The diving conditions are suitable for advanced divers only and we recommend that you be in good health in order to capitalize on the experience. Certification cards will be required on arrival.
Expeditions are limited to 14 guests to ensure that you get the most out of your Ime with us. A minimum of two divemasters will be available at all times so that groups can be broken down even further to ensure better encounters with the manta rays.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL, CHECK DIVE AND TIME IN TOWN
Meet at Passenger Pier at 12h30 in Puerto Ayora to go to the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the giant tortoises. If flying in on the day of arrival a transfer to the pier can be arranged for an additional fee. Diver registration and equipment selection (if needed) are done at the dive center. Transfer to the boat and board to meet the crew. Lunch on board and check dive at Academy Bay.
The objective of the check dive is to sort out weight requirements and test equipment. After the check dive there will be time for ATM visits, souvenir shopping and sightseeing of the local town. A welcome cocktail and dinner will be served on board. Nortada will depart at midnight with destination Punta Carrión.
DAY 2 PUNTA CARRIÓN / BALTRA / COUSIN ROCK
Usually starting at 6 am, one morning dive is done at Punta Carrión or the north-eastern portion of Baltra Island. First dive is followed by breakfast while Nortada refuels in Baltra. After refueling two hour navigation will take you to Cousin Rock for one or two dives. Number of dives depends on the day’s schedule.Punta Carrión and Baltra N/E are considered “warm up” dives where dive procedures and equipment are tested and enforced or adapted.
Depending on the conditions, encounters with white-tip reef sharks, Mola-Mola, sea horses and several types of reef fish are possible. Cousin Rock is one of the most popular dive sites in the central islands. The islet is formed by volcanic tuff. Cousins and other dive sites in the area are characterized for their eroded surfaces covered by soft corals and gorgonians. Highlights include nudibranchs, frogfish, seahorses, sea lions, eagle rays and schooling fish.<
DAY 3 WOLF ISLAND
Up to 4 dives during the day at Punta Shark Bay, El Derrumbe, Islote La Ventana y La Banana. Wolf Island is located at North West of the Archipelago. Up to 4 dives are done on this day. Wolf is known as “The Meca of sharks”. Divers are usually able to swim alongside several species of sharks, dolphins, turtles, eagle rays and colorful schools of fishes. Wolf also offers an opportunity to explore the erosion underwater caverns and tunnels.
Although 40 meter deep, the Anchorage is a great place to watch the Galapagos red-lipped batfish and a popular site for night diving.Meals are scheduled around diving, usually with one dive before breakfast and one dive after lunch. The better part of the night is spent in the anchorage and transit to Darwin starts in the early AM of day 4.
DAY 4 DARWIN ISLAND
Up to 4 dives during the day; it is located at North West of the Archipelago. Up to 4 dives are done on this day. Darwin is considered as one of the best places to dive over the world. Divers are usually able to see several species of sharks, dolphins, turtles, eagle rays and colorful schools of fishes. Schooling hammer head sharks and whale sharks are the highlights of dives at Darwin’s Arch. Meals are scheduled around diving, usually with one dive before breakfast and one dive after lunch. Transit back to Wolf and dinner. Navigation is roughly 20 nautical miles / 2 hour.
DAY 5 WOLF ISLAND
Up to 4 dives during the day at Punta Shark Bay, El Derrumbe, Islote La Ventana y La Banana. Up to 4 dives are done on this day.
DAY 6 CAPE DOUGLAS / PUNTA VICENTE ROCA
One or two dives are done in Cape Douglas followed by a short transit of about 90 minutes to Punta Vicente Roca for one or two dives. Up to 4 dives are done on this day. Isabela and Fernandina dive sites are where Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, Marine Iguanas and several other endemic species can be seen consistently.
The highlight in Cape Douglas are the marine iguanas feeding underwater but red lipped batfish, horn sharks and Mola-Mola plus different types of Baleen Whales, are usually sighted during this day.Marine Life: Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Hammerheads, Barracuda, Sea Lions, Turtles, Galapagos Sharks, Black tip Shark, White tip Sharks, Mola Mola, Eagle Rays, Humpbacks and maybe Orcas. The above is a daily plan for your 7 night cruise as per our operating permit in the Galapagos Islands. This itinerary may change without notice.
DAY 7 CAPE MARSHALL / PUERTO COCA AND MANTA RAY CITY
Located in the northeast coast of Isabela, these volcanic walls are sparsely covered with black coral bushes. During January to May, divers usually enjoy encounters with Giant Mantas; schools of fish, including the endemic black-stripped Salema, white-tip reef sharks, Galapagos sharks and some hammerheads. Up to 4 dives are done on this day.
DAY 8 PUERTO AYORA / TRANSFER OUT
Breakfast and check out from Nortada followed by a land visit to Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and Charles Darwin Research Station.
More than 50 photos and 1 video included.
Participants will share accommodation at
Hotel Red Mangrove
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book spaces on these expeditions.
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