Galapagos Island Hopping Adventure 5D/4N

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  • duration 5 days
  • tour type Independent
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • Starts Baltra Island, Ecuador
  • Ends San Cristobal Island, Ecuador
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  • Go snorkeling among sea lions, rays and turtles
  • Spot blue footed boobies and frigate birds
  • Relax on beautiful white sandy beaches
  • Swim in crystalline turquoise waters
The Galapagos Island Hopping Adventure 5D/4N tour starts in Baltra Island and ends in San Cristobal Island. The Galapagos Island Hopping Adventure 5D/4N is an explorer tour that takes 5 days taking you from Baltra Island to San Cristobal Island and through other destinations in Ecuador.

Discover the incredibly diverse marine life endemic to the Galapagos Islands on this 5-day island hopping adventure with included flights. Take a boat ride to nearby islands to see native birds and get the opportunity to swim next to seals and turtles.
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Tomasz's review for another Bamba tour
5 - Excellent
  • Tomasz
  • From USA
  • On Sep 03 2019
“Whole trip was a blast. Definitely a must but be ready for long transfers in a car especially transfer back from Java to Bali.
I would recommend you take your own headlight if you have quality one.
Also ask your guide to leave at least hour or 2 earlier on second volcano and hour earlier on 3rd. Leave yourself plenty of time to go up it will alive you to take breaks and still make to blue flames before people. Leaving early was the best thing we did. All of guide and drivers were very accommodating
Tip #2. Take wasapp numbers from everyone. You might need it if you leave your bag in a car or for other reasons.”
Review for another Bamba tour
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • From United States
  • On Feb 10 2020
“Bamba's customer service team did an outstanding job planning our tour. An error that was out of our control popped up and they took care of it and waved the additional fee. I can't express just how wonderful it was to plan our trip with Bamba and their customer service team.”
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5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • From Switzerland
  • On Mar 03 2020
“I felt very lucky to see such beautiful flamingos. Who knew they could survive such harsh conditions. The salt flats and the lagoons were stunning. Thank you Bamba for the experience!”
  • Day 1: Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
  • Day 2: Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
  • Day 3: Santa Cruz Island - San Cristobal Island, Ecuador
  • Day 4: San Cristobal Island, Ecuador
  • Day 5: San Cristobal Island, Ecuador
  • 4 nights budget, standard or superior accommodation
  • 4 Breakfast(s)
  • 2 Lunch(es)
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off, tour transport
  • Baltra airport pick-up
  • San Cristobal airport drop-off
  • Ferry Santa Cruz - San Cristobal
  • Transfers Between harbour and accommodation at different islands
  • Snorkelling & wildlife-spotting
  • Day tour of Santa Fé Island, Plazas Island, Bartolomé Island or North Seymour Island
  • Day tour of Isla Lobos or Kicker Rock
  • English-speaking guides on tours
  • Basic snorkeling gear
  • English-speaking contact in Puerto Ayora and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
  • Flights
  • Small Taxi Boat Transfers Between Harbour and Ferry Boats (+/-$0.60 pp, Cash Only)
  • Other Meals & Drinks
  • Galapagos Fees: INGALA Migration Control Card ($20 USD), Isabela Dock Fee - $10 USD, Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 USD) & Bus from Balta airport to Itabaca Canal ($5 USD), Ferry ticket to cross the Itabaca canal ($1 USD)
  • Note: Please Plan Ahead as There are No ATMs on the Island
  • Wetsuits (Bring Your Own or Rent in Puerto Ayora)
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • All the tips to the guides are optional and not included
  • Optional gratuities
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Galapagos Island Hopping Adventure 5D/4N tour. You can cancel the tour up to 90 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 89 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 26 April 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 26 April 2021, a deposit of 30% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 89 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Galapagos Island Hopping Adventure 5D/4N tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Galapagos Island Hopping Adventure 5D/4N tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.


Snorkelling Equipment: Although basic snorkel equipment is included during day trips. We strongly recommend that you also bring your own equipment (or at least mask and tube) so that you can enjoy snorkelling off the beaches during your free time as well, as it is easy to see marine life.


Santa Fé Island

Santa Fe Island has an interesting volcanic composition, where a forest of giant Opuntia Cactus grows over volcanic rocks. The island is located southeast of Santa Cruz and is an island with an area of 24 Km², with a maximum height of 259 meters. After a boat ride to the island, visit two snorkel sites around the coast of Santa Fe. They are generally great places to snorkel with the playful Galapagos sea lions. You can also see many reef fish, and sometimes turtles, reef sharks and rays. Then we will disembark and spend some time on the beach 'Playa Escondida'. If you're lucky you could spot some of the wildlife that inhabits Santa Fé: land iguanas, galapagos hawk, finches, doves, mockingbirds, endemic rice rat and the harmless Galapagos snake.

Plazas Island

There are actually two islands, Plaza Norte and Plaza Sur. Only Plaza Sur, the southern bigger island is visited by tourists. This island has a lot to offer. The flora and fauna will astonish you. This island is mostly known for the many land iguanas that live on it. When you are a little further from the coast, it looks like you’ve walked into the movie “Jurassic Park”, because you will be eye to eye with beautiful green, yellow and orange land iguanas. This is all surrounded by beaches, beautiful cactus and in the background the blue sea. At the coast the male sea lions live in peace. The militant lifestyle is only maintainable for males who are in their prime. The elder spend their last days in colonies, of which one can be found at Plaza Sur. It is sensational to see how the sea lions and iguanas mix. They play together as real pals. This island also offers a lot to bird lovers and a so called “birdwatchers paradise” can be found, a steep cliff with swallow tailed gulls, masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, tropical red bill birds, frigatebirds, pelicans and Audubon's. The gulls, partners for ever, are always here cuddling or nesting.

Bartolomé Island

Bartolomé has a surface area of only 1,2 Km² and the highest point of the island is at 114 meters. You can reach this point by taking a path through an almost surrealistic landscape and past recent signs of volcano eruptions. After a walk which is definitely worth it, you will reach the highest point of the island with a spectacular view over the lava in different colours, the many volcanoes and the deep blue sea as well as the famous “Pinnacle Rock”. In 1993 they constructed stairs on this path because it began to erode due to so many visitors. The beach at “Pinnacle Rock” is also worth a visit. Here you can find, from December till April, green sea turtles who come ashore to lie in the sun. This is special because in other places the turtles only come ashore at night to lay eggs. During the day they are staying in the safe water. Snorkelling is almost a must here. With a little luck you will see the “Moorish Idol”, this is the most beautiful fish from the Galapagos.

North Seymour Island

North Seymour is located north of the island Baltra. The island has a surface area of only 1,9 Km² and is almost totally flat. At this island there are the breeding colonies of the frigatebirds, the blue-footed boobies and the swallow tailed gull. To impress the female frigatebirds, the male blows up his red throat bag. To attract more attention they fly around in the surroundings of the female. You can imagine that this is not too easy with a blown-up throat bag, because they lose their balance quicker. It makes up quite a funny scene.

Isla Lobos

You will have the opportunity to walk around this wonderful little island. There, marvel at the sea lion colonies, seabirds such as: blue footed boobies, migratory birds, frigates nesting or courting with that impressive red balloon, and nazca boobies also can be found. Go to Canal Lobos, a great place for snorkeling or swimming in turquoise waters with sea lions, tropical fish, rays, sea turtles. After this amazing experience, we sail to Playa Ochoa or Manglesito (according to the tide) where we have our box lunch and relax ourselves on a beautiful white sandy beach.

Kicker Rock

The boat will transport us to the beautiful rock in the middle of the ocean, which according to the “isleños” looks like a sleeping sea lion. The boat will take you around the rock to spot different nesting seabirds and will stop at the entrance of the canal from where you will snorkel. During this snorkel adventure you can spot sharks (white tipped, galapagos and hammerhead), sea turtles, rays and more. After this wonderful experience we sail to Playa Ochoa or Manglesito (according to the tide) where we have our box lunch and relax ourselves on a beautiful white sandy beach.


Please note that the itinerary is subject to changes due to weather conditions and operational decisions.

Please note, tourists traveling to the Galapagos Islands may be denied entry if they do not have proof of health insurance. Additionally, tourists need accommodation reservation, a return flight, and the Transit Control Card when arriving at the Galapagos Islands. 

There are no ATMs in the Galapagos Islands, and you must bring cash with you to pay for the National Park entrance fee. Please plan ahead.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Implemented COVID-19 Protocols
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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