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San Cruz half day trip options

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San Cruz half day trip options

Evening,

We are staying on San Cruz and we were wanting to do a few half day options, a few tour companies told me there isn't many options for half day trips to places like Lord Seymour Island or Santa Maria (in particular Devil's Crown)? Is this correct? I find it hard to believe that all the tours are full day.

We are organising the trip by ourselves and we aren't sure if we should pre book everything or wait till we get there and book.

Thanks in advance for your comments and advice,

Kirsty

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1. Re: San Cruz half day trip options

Typo sorry *Santa Cruz ! Whoops...

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Hi, Kirsty--

Your choices of day trips from Santa Cruz are Bartolomé, N. Seymour, Santa Fé, S. Plaza, and Floreana. The day trips to the first 4 are the same as the landings that naturalist cruises go to. But the Floreana day trip goes to different spots, focusing more on the inhabited areas and the human history of the island. At least as of now, no snorkeling at Devil's Crown on that trip, although it does snorkel at another spot.

Tina

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Thank you for your comments!

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For what prebooking or not prebooking of trips is concerned, I would vote NO.

Plenty of agencies. One next to each other. Chances are real you'll get slightly better rates sûr place.

Maybe except for Bartolomé, apparently the most popular daytrips.

Now half (!) day trips? A half day to Floreana and back? To Bartolomé?

If you like spending 5-6 hours sailing on a boat and have an hour left to actually do something in the place you came for....take day trips :) No, really, seems no good plan.

Maybe North Seymour is ok in half a day. A trip in the Santa Cruz islands to one of the turtle farms is ok.

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Kirsty, regarding Lord Seymour Island and Santa Maria/Devil's Crown:

The former is just Seymour (no Lord), and it's about 40+ miles from Puerto Ayora.

Santa Maria is the official name for the island about 30 miles due south of Puerto Ayora. But it has one thing in common with Isla San Salvador -- nobody calls either by their official names. S. M. is popularly known as "Floreana" and S. S. is "Santiago." Anyway, both islands you mentioned are several hours away, so it's a good half-day just to get to either one and then back again. Add the time you spend at each location and each one eats up a pretty full day.

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Your post points out an issue regarding finding excursions when staying in Puerto Ayora, which is that you have to find day boats that can take you out into the Galapagos National Park and that it takes a while for the day boats to go to and return from the landing sites. Also the day boats go to certain islands on certain days and not on others, i.e. they don't visit the same islands each day. There are some things to do right on Santa Cruz including seeing the giant tortoise and lava tubes in the highlands, mountain biking and sea kayaking on Academy Bay. You ca also go on day diving or snorkeling trips offered by land based dive outfitters including Scuba Iguana and Nauti Diving.

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Thanks for all your help!

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Hi Kirsty,

During our very short stay on Santa Cruz, we only had time for a half-day tour as well - had to leave for San Cristobal with the 2 pm boat. The only snorkeling tour short enough was the "bay tour" ($35, all agencies sell this). It departed a few minutes past 9 am and came back around 1 pm. It was a small glass-bottom boat; 12 passengers, a guide, and the captain were pretty snug in it.

I felt that the bay tour was fine as an introduction to the Galapagos: you got to snorkel, see wildlife, walk to Las Grietas - but it didn't wow us because we had just finished our week-long naturalist cruise and had already seen many wonders on land and underwater :)

Keep in mind that they don't provide flippers on a short tour like this - in choppy water like we had that day, many people were very uncomfortable.

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