Tour code: 3074GALBAY
Spend the day venturing into the Galapagos on an adventure from Santa Cruz Island to Tortuga Bay beach. Enjoy a morning spent relaxing on sandy shores before exploring the bay on a trip to La Loberia Island, another of the Galapagos’ most famous sites. 

Highlights

  • Half-day tour of Tortuga Bay and La Loberia Island
  • Snorkel and swim with friendly sea lions
  • Enjoy free time at the Punta Estrada pier
  • Roundtrip hotel transportation and snorkel equipment included

What You Can Expect

Tortuga Bay Tour and Yacht Cruise to La Loberia Island

Half-Day Tour of Tortuga Bay and Yacht Cruise to La Loberia Island

Get your fill of sunshine and sand while relaxing on the beach of Tortuga Bay. Make a stop at Punta Estrada pier and wander along Playa de los Perros beach, where small local wildlife scurry across footpaths that give way to beautiful ocean views.

Enjoy lunch (not included) and some leisure time at the popular pier and then travel with your group to Tortuga Bay. Catch a glimpse of flamingos and finches while soaking up the incredible natural landscapes. 

Finally, hop aboard a local boat for a yacht cruise to Loberia Island, where a massive colony of sea lions usually lounges on the shore. Loberia means ‘wolf pack’ in Spanish, and these giant sea mammals make for a serious-looking crew! Snorkel and play in the 
surrounding waters, where you’ll be able to see colorful fish, swimming turtles and giant sea lions. Head to Canal del Amor, where you’ll snorkel with white-tipped sharks before heading back to dry land. 
 

Customer Reviews

john g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

Was a great day!

Michael M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Very nice trip indeed! We got to see flora and fauna that I have never seen before. The guides were informative and friendly. Both Spanish and English were spoken fluently.

CTJodi Greece

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2012

Well worth it! Why? Title is misleading. There is a 3 hour tour of Tortuga Bay, then a 2 hour lunch break, then another 3 hour cruise (with snorkeling and mask provided free) followed by another beach tour. On the downside, because I misunderstood, I showed up in a bathing suit and coverup at start of trip! ARGH! Highly frowned on, but I honestly thought the entire thing was a 1/2 day boat tour of both Tortuga Bay and La Loberia! So wear tee shirt, shorts and good hiking shoes for first round of trip (which also includes a refreshing swim in Tortuga Bay, so make sure you wear your bathing suit under your hiking clothes), then enjoy lunch and get ready for a great time in the afternoon. The staff was SUPERB! They do speak English but most of your tour mates will speak Spanish, the primary language of the guides. It is worth studying Spanish for a couple of months just to understand and communicate with your tour guides and tour mates. I HIGHLY recommend this! Had no clue I would get this kind of value for my money! Hotel pickup fast and easy; Eduardo in Quito confirmed and doubled confirmed my hotel pickup. There is, however, no "drop off" but guess what? Puerto Ayora is only about 1/4 square miles, so walking back from the main docks (directly across from the only real grocery store) to your flat or hotel is easy as punch. There's no such thing as getting lost in Puerto Ayora. This tour was a great and FULL day of fun and adventure!

Marna K

1 star rating: I do not recommend this February 2015

We sorely missed having an English speaking guide as we were promised. The guide gave us the wrong time for the second part of the tour ( or our translation was in error) which caused us to miss the yacht cruise entirely. We also had difficulty contacting the company (mostly due to holiday hours) so we unsure when to be ready to go in the morning. Loved the hike, the bay and especially the blue-footed boobies. A better explanation of what to expect would have been helpful.

Chris M

1 star rating: I do not recommend this September 2014

I cannot believe Viator would permit the local tour operator to offer this tour as a "yacht" excursion. Perhaps others were fortunate enough to partake of the tour on a yacht, but my daughter and I were not so lucky. Where the description of this excursion states the vessel will be a yacht, the vessel used in our trip was a single-deck, single out-board engine transporter, equipped with no bathroom, and with a posted passenger limit of 16 (similar in build to the water taxis used in the harbor at Puerto Ayora). The guide spoke some English, but directed most of his commentary to the 14 or so passengers who spoke Spanish. I grew increasingly nervous when I saw the behavior of the boat's captain, who clowned around, standing on the outboard engine, joking and entertaining the crowd in Spanish, while operating the boat.

In addition, I don't know how our guide expected us to sustain a four-hour trip without restroom facilities - so I suspect he planned on allowing those passengers who wanted to snorkel to go to the bathroom while they were swimming. That was not a viable solution for the four of us who chose not to swim.

I am also concerned that the captain set off with 18 passengers, in a boat that was marked with a capacity for 16 passengers. This excursion fell far below what I have come to expect from Viator. If nothing else, the title of this excursion should be changed to reflect that no yacht is involved.

Colvir

1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2013

Extremely disappointing experience. This is an overpriced tourist trap. We booked this cruise based upon a previous review and Viator's reputation. Our " Yachi" turned out to be a wobbly modified water taxi or an old speed boat, whichever comes first. Our snorkling experience lasted 15 minutes and on our way back, about 1000 yards from the shore, engine was cut and our guide pulled out a satisfaction survey which one of the other passangers filled with a chuckle. Whole process had an effect of a "shotgun wedding" and was extremely inappropriate. We were dropped off at the docks around 12:30PM and were told we would be picked up back at 2PM for a trip to Tortuga Bay. At that time we boarded a bus and five minutes later we were at the entrance to a walkway which leads to Tortuga Bay. It's about a 40 minutes walk but at the end we found ourselves on one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches anywhere. We stayed for a couple of hours and walked back bypassing our tour bus.

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