Santa Cruz is the main tourism hub for the Galapago islands and home to the Charles Darwin Research Station. But best of all it also offers excellent opportunities for scuba diving as it has a lot of dive sites located around the island Cruz including Guy Fawkes Rocks, Punta Carrión, Gordon Rocks, South Plaza, Caamaño Islet and Punta Estrada. Many of these sites provide viewing of sea lions, sea turtles, various species of sharks and schools of pelagic fishes. But Gordon Rocks is the one not to miss. Here divers can observe hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, sea turtles, schools of fishes, sea lions and fur seals. But you will have to be patient as the cross over from Santa Cruz can take over an hour. But you will be rewarded!

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

www.angermeyer-waterfront-inn.com

Semilla Verde Galapagos www.gps.ec

Mi Caleta Inn www.galapagos-micaletainn.com

Casa Natura Hotel www.casanaturahotel.com

Crossman Hotel www.crossmanhotel.com.ec

Galapagos Cottages www.galapagoscottages.com

Hotel Sol y Mar www.hotelsolymar.com.ec

La Casa De Judy www.lacasadejudy.com

Red Mangrove www.redmangrove.com

Suites del Sol www.galapagossuitesdelsol.com
Hotel Fiesta www.galapagoshotelfiesta.com
La Peregrina www.laperegrinagalapagos.com.ec

Galapagos Dreams www.galapagosdreams.com.ec

Hotel Maiano www.hotelmainao.com

The peak season lasts from mid-June through early September and from mid-December through mid-January. So finding a last-minute deal at these times is almost impossible. The national park limits the number of visitors to each island and so the Galápagos will never feel too crowded.

If you visit in the summer you are less likely to feel a sense of solitude and isolation. In general there is never really a bad time to visit the Galápagos.

First fly into Guayacil International Airport (Airport Code GYE) on the West Coast of Ecuador. Then take a direct flight into the Baltra International Airport right off Santa Cruz Island with either Lan Airlines (www.lan.com), Tame (www.tame.com.ec) or Aerogal (www.aerogal.com.ec).

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