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Day Trips in Galapagos

Packaged tours may offer any combination of trips to local visitor sites. You can book individually (with one or a few companies) or you can book a weekly tour package comprised of a series of day trips, which can include land sites, snorkeling/dive sites, surf sites, or all three.


Daily tours to island sites range in price from $30 to $115 per person per day when booked individually, depending on the services provided by the tour company and the sites visited. Daily tours to dive sites have less variable prices; most dive centers charge a standard $100 to $120 per person per day, according to the site. The price of combination tour packages range from $800 to $1,200 per week, including guided trips, hotel and meals. You can arrange these types of trips from your home country or from the mainland, following the same guidelines outlined for navigable tours. For some companies that offer land-based or snorkeling tours, visit our Galápagos Tours page for an overview and list of operators.


A typical island day trip begins at dawn, with a walk to the dock or a bus trip to the canal, where you meet the boat that will take you to your destination. You spend a short time sailing to the predetermined visitor site. Once there you will spend the majority of the day touring the island with a naturalist guide, eating lunch and (if available at the island site) swimming and snorkeling from the beach. You return to town via the same route in the early afternoon.


There are plenty of day trip operators in Puerto Ayora (fewer in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno) who will accept reservations until the day preceding the excursion. Day boats can vary in quality and comfort, but since most island sites are close and you spend a relatively longer period of time on-site, it is probably more important to shop for day trips by destination. Most day trip destinations from Puerto Ayora include visitor sites on the central islands of Santa Cruz, Santa Fé, North Seymour, South Plazas and Bartolomé. Different boats visit different islands on different days, so plan accordingly.



Galápagos is a world famous dive destination and many visitors will want to spend a day or more diving. This is easily done with one of the many dive shops in both major towns. Visit our Galápagos Diving section for more information.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to The Galápagos Islands: Punta Cormorant - Floreana Visitor Site, Great Blue Heron, Ruddy Turnstone, Galápagos Wildlife Guide, Stingrays, Frigatebird, Land Iguana, Reptiles - Galápagos, Herons and Egrets in the Galapagos and Bravo Clinid.

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
23 Mar 2011

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