Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands… Explore the Enchanted Isles

Join us on a very special trip to this unique archipelago. We will boardIguana, Galapagos, San Diego Shark Diving the Deep Blue for a 7-day grand tour of the best diving and land excursions these enchanted isles have to offer. Seasoned divers and underwater photographers consider the dive sites scattered throughout these islands as some of the most thrilling in the world.Diving here can be challenging with highly variable conditions,. but the reward is the varied and unique animal life to be seen. Mantas are common and Whale Sharks are frequently sighted. You can dive with playful Galapagos Sea Lions or get “up close and personal” with a Marine Iguana. Only 16 lucky divers will be in this special group of adventurers.

Trip Schedule & Pricing

2014 Schedule

Month Top/Mid Deck (pp) Lower Deck (pp) Openings
January-April $4095.00 $3995.00 available
May-December $4345.00 $4545.00 available
Check below for more trip info!

Reservations and bookings for the white shark trips can be made online by emailing us at: info@sdsharkdiving.com. You can also phone our office at 619-299-8560 – 7 days a week- 9am-5pm Pacific Time Zone (Pacific Daylight Time during the summer).

Note: occasionally we are offshore out of cell phone range and may be unavailable, but there is a voice mail feature on our phone line. Please leave your message and we will return your call when we return to shore.

Deposit: For the Galapagos Islands Expedition a $500 deposit per person will hold your spot aboard the Islander. The balance would be due 60 days prior to your departure date. We can arrange a payment schedule for you if you prefer.

Payment: We prefer a personal check , Cashier’s Check, or Money Order made out to San Diego Shark Diving and mailed to our office:

San Diego Shark Diving Expeditions, Inc.
6747 Friars Rd Ste 112
San Diego, CA 92108 USA

Payment can also be made using a credit card (Visa, Master card, American Express, or Discover Card). Many of our foreign white shark divers also like to make their payment via bank wire transfer. Please email or call us for the wire transfer details. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect against unforeseen situations.

If you cancel more than 90 days prior to your departure date, your deposit and any additional money you may have paid toward the balance of the trip price will be refunded, minus a $200 cancellation fee.

If you cancel 90 days or less prior to your departure date, your deposit and any additional money you may have paid toward the balance of the trip price will be refunded, minus a $300 cancellation fee, provided another person can be found to purchase your spot on that White Shark trip. If another diver cannot be found in time to purchase your spot on that White Shark trip, no refund of your deposit, nor of any money paid toward the balance of the White Shark trip price will be issued.

Itinerary

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Boat Accommodations

Our vessel is inspected and maintained to not only meet, but exceed, the United States Coast Guard’s stringent standards. In Brief:

  • ENGINES: 2 Cummins 440 HP, 2 Onan generators, 75 Kw.
  • COMMUNICATIONS: HF,VHF, Valise Radio, TV & DVD
  • NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT: Radar 24 miles, depth sounder, GPS
  • CREW: 8 plus nature guide
  • CABINS: 9 spacious double cabins, each with private bath, hot water, air conditioning, and side by side beds
  • Double Cabins feature plenty of storage space
  • Spacious covered sundeck
  • Comfortable dining salon

Not Included:

  • International and local airfares
  • Hotel in either Quito or Guayaquil
  • Alcoholic and Soft Drinks
  • Gratuities to boat crew & park guides
  • Deep Blue Fuel Surcharge ($200)
  • Nitrox ($150) optional
  • Galapagos National Park Fee ($100)
  • Transit Control Fee ($10)
  • Diver fee ($35) supports the chamber
  • Ecuador departure tax ($25)
  • Baggage,medical cancellation insurance highly recommended

Galapagos Islands Information

Charles Darwin was only 22 years old when he set sail on an around-the-world cruise aboard the HMS Beagle in 1831. After several years surveying the coast of South America, the Beagle reached the Galápagos Islands in September of 1835 and spent 5 weeks charting the archipelago. While there, Darwin made careful note of the biology and geology of the islands, and collected numerous specimens. Darwin only visited four of the islands — San Cristóbal, Santiago, Isabela, and Floreana. But his observation of species differentiation, particularly among the tortoises and finches, intrigued and inspired the young scientist. While Darwin is often credited with the discovery of the theory of evolution, what he really developed was the theory of natural selection, which explains how and why evolution occurs. Central to Darwin’s theory was his recognition of the geological age and isolation of the volcanic islands; he was convinced that wildlife on the Galápagos came from mainland South America, changing and adapting over time to fill in specific niches defined by the particular ecosystem of the islands. Even though Darwin had formulated most of his most important ideas in just the few years following his visit to the Galápagos, he didn’t publish his seminal work, On the Origin of Species, until 1859. Prior to that, in 1839, he published The Voyage of the Beagle, which chronicled his trip.

An ecological wonderland of largely endemic wildlife, the Galapagos inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection long before the cruise ships arrived. Dotting the Pacific 960km off the Ecuador coast, this archipelago of 19 volcanic islands is noted for its fearless wildlife, a natural response to the lack of large predators. While human involvement is an increasing threat, the blue-footed booby still performs its mating dance right under your nose and sea lions do figure eights as you snorkel past. Leave nothing behind but footprints at this World Heritage Site.

Visit giant ambling Galapagos tortoises at Isla Isabela’s Tagus Cove and babies of varying species at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Penguins swim fearlessly past you, and sunbathing sea lions on Isla Rábida’s volcanic terracotta beaches remain unperturbed as you grab a snapshot (keep your distance from the big bulls, however). You’ll spot herons, dragon-like marine iguanas and multi-colored Sally Lightfoot crabs on Isla Santiago and marvel at the lunar landscape of volcanic rock formations at Isla Bartolomé.

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