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Galapagos Islands Multisport tour

Galapagos Islands Multisport

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
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Highlights

  • Explore Quito
  • Explore, Kayak & SUP Board Isabela Island
  • Visit to the Tortoise Breeding Center
  • Visit Garrapatero

Short Description

This Galapagos adventure trip is the first of its kind offered in this tropical archipelago, allowing you to see the wonderful wildlife of these islands "up close and personal" from behind a paddle versus onboard a cruise, providing you a more intimate journey in the enchanting Galapagos Islands. Activities include: walking, hiking, snorkeling and sea kayaking.


So come to he Galapagos Islands with sea kayak paddle in hand for a multisport adventure! You'll marvel at the oceanic geologic origins, rich sea life, diverse wildlife and intriguing natural history of the islands, all of which are unique on this planet. Our Galápagos Island Sea Kayak, Snorkeling and Hiking Adventure allows you to discover them under your own power. Leave the crowds of visitors and the well-worn paths behind to enjoy the peace of walking and paddling our way through this island paradise.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Quito,Ecuador
End City Quito,Ecuador

Trip Includes

  • Full service of our Adventure Consultants
  • Professional Galapagos Naturalist Guide
  • Private services throughout the tour
  • Double accommodation in hotels and for camping
  • All necessary kayaking, camping and snorkeling equipment
  • All ground transportation as noted on the itinerary
  • All meals and drinks as noted on the itinerary
  • All domestic flights
  • Gratuities for guides

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive to Quito

Accommodations: San Jose de Puembo

Fly into Quito on mainland Ecuador, where you're greeted by a SKA representative who assists you with your luggage and transfers you to the hotel for your overnight stay. If you have time, explore some of mainland Ecuador's historic sites and tasty cuisine before bed.

Day 2: Quito City Tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: San Jose de Puembo

Enjoy your first morning in Ecuador with a day exploring Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quito is home to many ancient, colonial and modern wonders including the colonial monasteries of Santo Domingo and San Francisco as well as sprawling colonial temples. Peer into Quito’s past with visits to the Independence Plaza  and neighboring Jesuit Church La Compañía, the St. Augustine Covent. the Municipal Building, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Presidential Palace. Up next, gaze up at the elaborate interior of the Church of San Francisco—a stunning remnant of the New World.

Relax with some lunch, after which you continue to SKA’s Ecuador headquarters. Sample some delectable Ecuadorian chocolate and gather for a trip and kayaking orientation. Mid-afternoon finds you back at your hotel, where you can relax or do some more exploring before dinner.

Day 3: Arrive San Cristobal, Kayak Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Manglecito Beach

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Galapagos Beach Camp

In the morning, fly from Quito to San Cristobal Island, the easternmost island in the archipelago. One of the oldest in the chain, San Cristobal's volcanic peaks are greatly eroded but the island boasts more abundant vegetation than many of the others in the archipelago. Upon arrival in the provincial capital and second largest town in Galapagos, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, we have our lunch at a local restaurant. Here you also have the chance to try the snorkeling and wet suit equipment.

This afternoon, set off on your first Galapagos sea kayaking excursion with a 6-mile paddle from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Manglecito Beach. Pass by Lobos Island as you paddle and look out for the blue-footed boobies and brown pelicans hopping along the rocky coast where marine iguanas bake in the sun. Sea turtles can occasionally be spotted dipping their heads out of the water for a quick break, or even mating, along this route.

Our paddle takes you to our prepared beach camp, where you may choose to soak in the views and settle into your tent or set out on one of our SUP boards to explore the becalmed bay and the wildlife found there.

As the sun sets, relax with a fresh, delicious dinner, 360˚ views and a secluded beach where wildlife are the only passersby.

Day 4: Kayak Manglecito Beach to Puerto Grande, Snorkel at Kicker Rock

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Galapagos Beach Camp

Today we take our kayaks and paddle along the coast, traveling to our camping area from Puerto Grande, another gorgeous beach. On arrival, relax with lunch and enjoy some bird watching and beach time.

After, hop aboard a catamaran to Kicker Rock, or Isla Leon Dormido. En route we may encounter porpoises! Then we begin an amazing snorkeling experience during which we may see Galápagos and white-tipped reef sharks, eagle rays and sea turtles. We see hundreds of fish and sea stars.

Return to relax on Manglecito beach by late afternoon and enjoy our last night at camp.

Day 5: Explore, Kayak & SUP Board Isabela Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Hotel Albermarle or similar

After breakfast, take some time to explore the area before taking a boat back to town. There, we meet our flight to Isabela Island. This seahorse-shaped island is the largest in the archipelago and was formed from 6 merged shield volcanoes. Despite its remarkable beauty, Isabela is not a stop on most Galapagos cruises, making it a less-visited site perfect for our adventures.

Because it is a relatively young island, Isabela’s lava fields and surrounding soil do not have the varied vegetation zones of other islands. Despite this, the rich animal, bird, and marine life are beyond compare. There are more wild tortoises here than on all the other islands combined, and they roam freely in the calderas.

Upon arrival on Puerto Villamil, Isabela’s main town, we check into our accommodations and enjoy some lunch at a local restaurant. After, settle into your kayak for a paddle along Isabela’s stunning bays and beachfront. Wildlife abounds—especially the elfin Galapagos penguin who love to hop around the volcanic rocks here. Snap on your snorkel gear for a better view of the sandy sea floor or take to a stand up paddle board to navigate the bay.

Day 6: Hike Sierra Negra

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Hotel Albermarle or similar

After breakfast this morning we drive to the highlands of Isabela for an entirely new view and feel of the Galapagos. Reach the base of Sierra Negra, which last erupted in 2005, and set off on a 6-10 mile hike through the new and dramatic layer of lava accompanied by plenty of birds such as flycatchers, finches and possibly the evasive Galapagos hawk. Our hike takes us to Isabela’s caldera—the second largest in the world with a diameter of 6.5 miles—where you can catch your breath and magnificent views.

After our excursion, return to town. Some may enjoy a walk to the beach for a cool swim, or a stroll in town before gathering for dinner. Enjoy beachfront BBQ served with views of a Galapagos sunset and a toasty bonfire tonight.

Day 7: Snorkel Los Tuneles, Visit Tortoise Breeding Center, Explore Wetlands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Hotel Albermarle or similar

In the morning, weather permitting, we take a boat ride to Los Tuneles: a most curious and remarkable lava formation consisting of arches and caves. Walk along the shore and snorkel in crystal clear water for a glimpse into the remarkable underwater world.

Enjoy lunch aboard the boat before continuing on to nearby El Finado, where you discover an inlet used by local fishermen to rest from their journeys in the ocean for years. Snorkel among white-tipped reef sharks, stingrays and colorful tropical fish flitting amongst submerged lava rocks forming caves and small reefs.

Spend the afternoon on land with a visit to the Tortoise Breeding Center, where you can see the Galapagos’ titular tortoises at all stages of growth. Learn about the Galapagos National Park’s conservation efforts and witness the gentle creatures up close.

Return to our accommodations through the wetlands, where flamingos stand bright against the four different species of mangrove that grow in the tidal lagoons.

Spend your evening strolling along the beautiful white sand beach of Puerto Villamil and exploring the town on your own.

Day 8: Explore & Kayak Santa Cruz Highlands

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Angermeyer Waterfront Inn - Santa Cruz

We wake early and set off for the day’s adventures by sea. We take a speed boat to Isla Santa Cruz, the urban center of the archipelago and the home of the Darwin Research Station, the National Park Headquarters, and Puerto Ayora. Once we land, drive on Santa Cruz’s main highway into the lush ecosystem of highlands. Wild Galapagos tortoises lumber throughout these dense forests, and we spend some time walking amongst them as they chew on the vegetation and roam slowly through the diverse environment.

After our time with the tortoises, we visit some of Santa Cruz’s lava tunnels created as hot lava once snaked throughout the earth’s crust. We explore the labyrinth of subterranean twists and marvel at the force of nature before returning to the surface.

As the afternoon continues, we find our way to white-coral beach and a nearby shallow lagoon where hop into our kayaks. Watch for sharks, rays, and seabirds as we paddle along the coastline or flamingos enjoying the calm waters of the lagoon.

Later, we return to the hotel where you have some time to rest. You are free to enjoy dinner on your own either at the hotel or take a water taxi and explore the town. Puerto Ayora is a bustling town with lots of dinner choices and the opportunity to enjoy the local night life.

Day 9: Visit the “Trapiche” or Sugar Mill – Visit Garrapatero and Kayak

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Angermeyer Waterfront Inn - Santa Cruz

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a scenic drive to El Garrapatero, with the opportunity to visit a coffee farm in Bellavista that also produces sugar the old-fashioned way. Learn how sugar cane juice is extracted before being transformed into “Galapagos Moonshine”.

Then continue to the beautiful beach of El Garrapatero where you can relax on the sands, take a dip or go kayaking to explore the nearby mangroves. In the evening, you’ll be treated to a delicious dinner featuring traditional ingredients with a local angler as you experience authentic Galapagos hospitality.

Day 10: Return to Mainland Ecuador

Meals: Breakfast

Begin your morning with a journey to Baltra, where you catch your flight to mainland Ecuador and say goodbye to the Galapagos Islands. Once in Quito, you may meet your return flight home or stay on with an extension tour to delve into Ecuador’s rich Incan past or Amazonian ecosystems.

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We had a fantastic time on our blackfish tour! We enjoyed learning from our guides, enjoying their great cooking, and seeing all of the wildlife! It exceeded our expectations (which were high to start)!
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Absolutely loved this trip with ROW! It was my first time sea kayaking and the guides were very helpful with making me feel comfortable throughout the trip. The areas we visited were very beautiful and we also experienced such unique wildlife encounters! I have a new love for that area and a passion for the Orca's & Humpback whales. Can't wait to go again next year!
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Great trip, great company

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Despite the very windy conditions and therefore less paddling time than I would have liked, I had a great time. Our guides did an awesome job, were very concerned with safety, very knowledgeable and great cooks. One of them even caught fresh fish for dinner!!
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We spent 6 days kayaking between the mainland of Baja from Loreto to two different Islands in the Sea of Cortez. The guides were amazing- extremely knowledgeable, passionate about the area and great fun to be around (let alone awesome cooks)! We paddled around the Island of Danzante and Carmen and saw tons of manta rays, dolphins, birds and more. The snorkeling was spectacular on these two islands. The beaches felt untouched and we never saw another human besides those (12 people) on tour with us. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience- I would highly recommend touring in Baja with Sea Kayak Adventures!
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Incredible adventure in the Saguenay Fjord wilderness and Quebec City

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This trip provided incredible access to remote parts of Quebec and the Saguenay Fjord, while still allowing you to soak in the beauty of Québec City and Tadoussac, two charming French inspired cities. We had the opportunity to paddle the entire Saguenay Fjord in search of Beluga Whales, which we saw plenty of! The cuisine in Quebec is fabulous and we enjoyed many great meals while on tour, even when camping! The ROW guides were wonderful, providing a welcome introduction to the culture, food, history and wildlife in the region. This is a trip not to miss!
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I didn’t MEAN to become such a fan of ROW Sea Kayak Adventures but…

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I have now traveled with ROW Sea Kayak Adventures for several trips over the past two years from Baja to British Columbia and now to Cuba. When I was first looking for a company to do a kayak trip with, I was looking for a company that did not take away from an area but perhaps gave BACK to an area. Supporting the local economy and environment were important elements to me. My research of Sea Kayak Adventures seemed to do just that in Baja so I thought they would be be worth a try. I found their guides and support staff to be local, professional, FUN, have incredible knowledge of the marine life and the area. All the staff I have been in contact with there speak English and the guides are fluent in English. All have been kind enough to help me improve my Spanish as well. They provide ALL equipment for; Camping - (tents, sleeping bags with liners, and pads), Kayaking - high quality kayaks, paddles, dry bags for your gear and pfds, Snorkeling - shorty wetsuit, fins, mask and snorkel. Bring your personal stuff and you are ready to go! The only down side was the food was so good that it was harder to fit into our kayaks by the end of the trip. After a few Baja trips (yes, I ended up taking more than one), it was time to try them out on their OTHER trips. I had several conversations with the office staff in Idaho only to discover they too have high level of expertise. Their knowledge of the offered adventures were often from first hand experiences. Their backgrounds are diverse, their commitment to providing you with an amazing journey is HIGH and they are completely fun human beings. So, off to British Columbia I went. The same level of high quality professional staff, support staff and excellent equipment was true for the North as well as the South. Both in Baja and British Columbia, ROW Sea Kayak Adventures used local talent, support local business, use local food, beer & wine and appear to have a great respect for the areas and the places they are doing business in. They use high quality equipment for the activities which adds to the experience. I didn’t MEAN to become such a fan of ROW Sea Kayak Adventures but… Then they offered Cuba! Really? Could they REALLY match the high level of travel experience there as well? In a word, YES!!! I was lucky enough to get to be on the first trip to Cuba with ROW. You would think as they were working out the details on this first trip that one would have to be “understanding” of issues that could arise. I have no doubt the level of learning of what worked and what needs to be improved will continue to morph the trip but rest assured, this was a trip of a lifetime and will be for all the next groups that follow. No “understanding” was needed. I got to see first hand how hard they work to support the local economy and give back to an area that ROW visits. I got to see the owner’s philosophy of ADDING to an area visited, not taking FROM, in action! Each place we went to , the generosity, care and appreciation of it’s people were modeled by the staff and owner of ROW Sea Kayak Adventures. They walk their talk. This will NOT be the last time I travel with ROW/SKA… In fact, my next adventure is already booked.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations and Refunds

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify ROW Sea Kayak Adventures in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final balance due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Any replacement participant must be able to meet trip criteria, complete a trip application, sign a waiver form and agree to the Terms and Conditions. Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups. Therefore we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. For this reason as well as those listed above we strongly recommend you consider purchasing a travel protection plan.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 7

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International flights to Ecuador
  • Park fees necessary for the itinerary ($120)
  • All domestic flights ($900)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Insurance of any type
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation if necessary

Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 7 Dinners

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