San Cristóbal Island

Name of the port city: Puerto Baquerizo Moreano

Name of the bay: Bahia Naufragio or Wreck bay

Population: 10.000 Habitants

 

Recommended way-points to reach Wreck bay :

Approach: 00º 53.00’S 089º 37.00’W

Entry 1: 00º 53.37 089º 37.11

Entry 2: 00º 53.66 089º.36.96

Anchorage:  00º 53.78 089º 36.80

 

Important note:

When coming under an AUTOGRAFO by law this must be your first port of call.

San Cristobal Airport:

IATA: SCY, OACI: SEST, GPS 0°54′37″S 89°37′03″O, Runway length 6214 x 66 feet,

 

Recommended tour to book with local tour companies: 360 around the island tour, dive & snorkeling Kicker Rock, Dive the Caragua wreck, Punta Pitt day tour, Isla Lobos island, Cerro Brujo Beach, Sport fishing for marline and sailfish

 

Tours you can do on your own: Playa Ochoa, Cerro tijeretas, Puerto chino beach, Junco lagoon, The tree house, La loberia beach

 

Surfing spots: The bay has the best waves of Galapagos and the access is quite easy to places like Punta Carola, El Cañon, Tongo Reef, La Loberia

Santa Cruz Island

Name of the port city: Puerto Ayora

Name of the bay: Academy Bay

Population: 15.000 Habitants

 

Recommended anchorage positions at Academy Bay:

00º 44.850’S 089º 18.570’W.

Note, this positions is into the bay where small sail boats anchor, the depth there is a round 18 feet.

 

00º 44.850’S 090º 18.00’W

Note, this position is a bit more outside the bay where larger yachts may anchor at the depth of 45 feet.

 

Important note:

Puerto Ayora is the main town in the Galapagos, the larger diversity of provisions and stores are based there and the better day dive and land tours are available at Puerto Ayora

No Airport

However it takes one hour to get to Baltra airport in the north side of Santa Cruz island

Recommended tour to book with local tour companies: North Seymour island, Bartolome island, South Plaza island, Santa Fe island, Pinzon island, Floreana island, Bay snorkeling tour,  Isabela island on a day tour, dive Gordon Rocks, dive North Seymour, dive Mosquera island, dive & snorkeling tour Daphne Mayor and Minor, Dive Cousins rock, Dive Floreana islands sites, Sport fishing

 

Tours you can do on your own: Park tortoise visitor center, Darwin station beach, German beach, Tortuga bay beach, El Garrapatero beach, Las Grietas, Highland ranches for giant tortoises

 

Surfing spots: After a 30 minutes walk you may reach to Tortuga bay beach, right in town you may reach The point and La Ratonera. You may join to local surfers and share some expenses to hire a boat and reach Black Point, Cerro Gallina, Las Palamas

Baltra Island

Name of the port city: No official name for a port since the island is a Ecuador Navy and Air force station.

The only Galapagos fuel station is at Baltra

Name of the bay: Aelolian bay

Population: Around 20 Navy people, 20 Air force. In the morning time like a 100 Fuel station employees come from Puerto Ayora to Work at Baltra and they all go back to Puerto Ayora in the mid afternoon..

 

Recommended way-points to reach Aelolian Bay :

Approach: 00°26.500S, 090°18.000W

Anchorage:  00°26.248S, 090°17.042W

 

Important note:

We recommend our Super Yacht clients to send owners private planes to BALTRA where we may start and end the owners cruise. The airport is just 5 minutes away from the main dock..

Baltra Airport:

Baltra Airport also knows as Seymour airport:

GPS 00°27′14″S 90°15′57″W,   IATA: GPS  ICAO: SEGS,

Runway length 7,877

 

Baltra History: During World War II Baltra was established as a United States Army Air Force base. Crews stationed at Baltra patrolled the eastern Pacific for enemy submarines and provided protection for the Panama Canal.

After the war the facilities were given to the government of Ecuador. Today the island continues as an official Ecuadorian military base. The foundations of buildings and other remains of the US base including the old airfield can still be seen on the island.

Until 1986, Seymour Airport was the only airport serving the Galápagos. Now there are two airports which receive flights from the continent, the other being the San Cristóbal Airport on San Cristóbal Island. Private planes flying to the islands must fly to Baltra as it is the only airport with overnight facilities for planes.

Isabela Island

Name of the port city: Puerto Villamil

Name of the bay: Puerto Villamil

Population: 3.000 Habitants

 

Recommended anchorage positions at Villamil Bay:

00º 44.850’S 089º 18.570’W.

Note, this positions is into the bay where small sail boats anchor, the depth there is a round 18 feet.

 

Isla Isabela bay way-points:

S 01° 04.78 / W 090°52.72

S 00° 59.10 / W 090°59.04

S 00° 58.58 / W 090°58.95

S 00° 58.046 / W 090°58.315

 

Anchorage position:

00°57.90S, 090°57.74W, in 10’ at low tide.

 

Important note:

Provisions, fuel and technical repair is quite limited in this towns. No ATM cash machine available however local tours are quite good.

Isabela Airport:

SEII - Isabela/General Villamil Airport 0°56'34"S, 90°57'11"W. Only a little inter island plane lands on this airport.

 

Recommended tour to book with local tour companies: Sierra negra Volcano, Bay tour to Tintoreras, Los Tuneles, Isla Tortuga,

Tours you can do on your own: Concha de perla, Wall of Tears, the beach town, the flamingo lagoons, the national park tortoise center

 

Surfing spots: The bay has the best waves, El Faro

Important airport information:

 

There is no international airport in the Galapagos.

All commercial and private flight to the Galapagos must come from mainland Ecuador.

 

The two major airports offering flights to the Galapagos islands are:

 

1 Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito (airport code UIO)

2 Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil (airport code GYE)

 

Commercial flight Times from Quito to the Galapagos

Flight times from Quito to Galapagos are listed on Quito airport website, they depart in the morning and usually make a stop in Guayaquil. So if you click on the above link look for “GUAYAQUIL,GALAPAGOS” or “GUAYAQUIL,SAN CRISTOBAL”.

 

Flight Times from Guayaquil to the Galapagos

Flight times from Guayaquil are listed on the Guayaquil airport website and also depart in the morning. Flights from

 

Guayaquil are a little shorter (because they are direct) and may cost less.

Tours

NORTH SEYMOUR

MOSQUERA ISLET

BARTHOLOME

There are large colonies of magnificent frigate birds, blue-footed boobies and sea lions, both species of iguanas are found along the trail. Large waves break along the western shore of the visitor site where frequently you may see surfing sea lions.

This site is a small sand bar island fully colonized by all size sea lions. Pup sea lions playing in tide pools is rather a highlight since they are quite playful. Oysters catchers and endemic lava gulls maybe seen.

Beautiful volcanic moonscape of the Galapagos. The famous PINNACLE rock is here.

Snorkeling: is quite fun, there are white tipped sharks, lots of fishes everywhere and penguins.

SANTA FE

SANTA CRUZ

SOUTH PLAZA

One land Iguana species exist in Santa Fe island nowhere else in the Galapagos. Giant cactus as tall as 30 feet tall are found along the trail. Galapagos hawks maybe seen along the trail. Snorkeling site could be the best since there are large colonies of young sea lions!

The highlands of Santa Cruz island have the second largest Galapagos population of giant tortoises, there is also a chance to walk into the lava tunnel formations.

Marine and Land iguanas maybe found together along the trail, the cliff area is home for lots of sea birds like tropic birds, there is a large colony of sea lions and even a bachelor colony of old and young males sea lions congregate in one corner of the island. The cactus forest and the red ground cover plants make together beautiful island scenery.

Dive: GORDON ROCKS

 Dive: NORTH SEYMOUR

 Dive: COUSINS ROCKS

Diving inside this old crater is quite interesting since there a lot of dynamic currents that activate the underwater marine activity so expect to find small reef fish on the rocks of all kinds and large pelagic species in the blue.

All sort of reef fish congregate along the Seymour dive site, different types of moray eels and rays are easily seen. Sometimes more than 30 white tipped sharks are found together swimming against the current. Often manta rays or hammerhead sharks maybe found along the way. This is one of the few dive sites where you can find two Galapagos sea lions species (fur seals and sea lions)

Easy dive site at the start you find playful sea lions then a wall of Galapagos black corals, finally slope with eagle rays. Sometimes you find Galapagos sea horses

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