GALAPAGOS TOURS CO.

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YES! Finally you found the only surf company in the Galapagos islands offering to take you to the best waves in all the islands where surfing is allowed ALL YEAR ROUND and not just on San Cristobal for a couple of months a year. If you don't find a wave it's not because of bad wind conditions, or no swell (there are North and South swells in the Galapagos Islands) you are just in the wrong place and we know how to take you to the good waves on our yacht.


 

WEATHER

There are two seasons in the Galapagos. The dry, or "Garua", season, which runs from July to December. "Garua" refers to the fog and mist that commonly hangs on the higher elevations during this season. The hot or wet season lasts from January through June, with March and April generally being the wettest months. The timing of the seasonal change varies somewhat and there is often a several month transition when either type of weather can occur. These seasons are also governed by oceanographic conditions. Around December, several changes occur in atmospheric and oceanic currents.

The trade winds slacken and the Intertropical Convergence Zone, the "climatic equator" that is usually located north of the geographic equator, shifts south toward the Galapagos. The slacking trade winds cause the westward flowing current to slow. These reduce the upwelling and allow warmer water to invade the region. The air warms and the inversion layer breaks down. This allows warm air to rise to the point where rain clouds form and daily afternoon showers occur. Even in this season, however, low elevations, particularly those in the rain shadow of highlands, receive only limited rain. Interestingly, the highlands receive more moisture from the garua than they do from the rain. Typical water temperatures vary between the islands depending on which currents they receive.

Photo: Cristobal de Col surfing in Tortuga Bay - Galapagos Islands - Photo by Jeff Flindt


 

ITINERARIES:

We know the best surf spots in the Galapagos Islands and we have just the boat for this type of adventure, following the best waves wherever they are. Also our ground crew will keep us informed day by day about the weather and ocean conditions so we don´t miss a good wave.
Hotels are chosen carefully by our operations department considering comfort, location, and price keeping it average, not too cheap, not too expensive, however should you have any special request we can accomodate them.Our idea for a 5 days itinerary is as follows.

Day 1: Arrival to Baltra Island,transfer to the boat, and surfing in North Baltra, back to the boat snacks and drinks, short ride to the north side of Santa Cruz and bus ride to the hotel.
Day 2: Boat ride to Cerro Gallina, Las Palmas, full day of surfing, back to town.
Day 3: Early morning ride to San Cristobal, hotel check in, surfing in Punta Carola.
Day 4: El Cañon, Punta Carola, Manglecito, back to hotel.
Day 5: Early surfing in Punta Carola and transfer to the airport.

Our guides are certified Galapagos national park naturalist and surf guides with great surfing experience, high level skills and knowledge, our mainland office also can take care of hotel reservations in the mainland and any other extentions you might need as well as tickets to the Galapagos and around South America.
Please let us know if you need more information, we will be happy to help you.
Photo: Cory Lopez surfing in Cerro Gallina Galapagos Islands - Photo by Jeff Flindt
Photo: Cristobal de Col surfing in Tortuga Bay - Galapagos Islands - Photo by Jeff Flindt


WE ALSO HAVE A LIVE A BOARD OPTION FOR GALAPAGOS SURF TRIPS

Rates include:

All meals
Transfers in the islands
All shore excursions with an English speaking naturalist guide

Not included:
US$100 Galapagos National Park entrance fee
Airplane ticket to galapagos
US$10 Transit Control Card
Airfare from mainland Ecuador
Bottled beverages
Gratuities
Cancellation/medical insurance


NORTH SWELLS - BALTRA ISLAND

North of Baltra Island: Baltra Island has the main airport in the Galapagos with 3 regular flights a day in low season, and receiving up to 7 daily flights during high season. Baltra is a military airbase and 95% of the cruises start from here. Baltra is the only island that is not part of the national park and happens to have great waves so basically when you arrive to Baltra our surf guide will take the group straight to the yacht and we'll head 20 minutes to the north, here we will find good right handers in front of a desertic beautiful beach, however, it's good to mention that there is a rock bottom and the waves are an average of 6 feet. Aeolian Cove: Still on Baltra Island, but going south, this place is very similar to north Baltra but is a left hander, rock bottom break, generally a big wall and average wave size is 6 feet. Keep in mind that here as well as in north Baltra, with a good north ondulation it can go up to 10 feet. Again, great scenery and most of the time you find sea lions riding the wave with you. Salinas: A little further south from Aeolian this ia a classic long wave spot that provides a smooth ride along it´s long wall, 4 to 5 feet waves that are great for long board, this spilling break is one of the few places with sandy bottom in the Galapagos.


SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND (also north swells)

Punta Carola: Carola is considered one of the best surf spots in Galapagos, just a 10 minutes boat ride East of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the predominant offshore winds create waves of up to 10 feet average, this hard core right hander moves along rock bottom, long wall ,again the best waves in San Cristobal. Manglecito: This beautiful beach makes you feel like you just arrived in paradise, located 15 nautical miles or about one hour boat ride west of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno it's a perfect left hand in front of a pristine beach, rock bottom, hard core 6 foot waves and normally sea lions in the water with you. El Cañón: A good alternative for surfing in the bay, this spot is only 5 minutes from town and is a left hand wave with a long wall over rock bottom, these waves grow up to 6 foot average. Write us at info@galapagostours.net.


SOUTH SWELLS

On the same islands, San Cristobal, we have a couple of places in the event that the ocean conditions change and we have to surf the south side. La Loberia: Located 10 minutes South West of Puerto Baquerizo this point break goes both left and right this is a perfect A frame shape wave which depending on the wind conditions we can find 6 foot waves, rock bottom. Tongo Reef: A little further south from La Loberia it's a perfect left hand, long wall which breaks in 3 sections the last of which is a tube, no need to say, rock bottom.


SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

42 nautical miles from San Cristobal and right in the center of the Galapagos is Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island, this is the largest town in the islands with a population of over 15,000 people, it has a wide variety of hotels, restaurants, and bars, basically lots of fun in town and good waves all around. Cerro Gallina a.k.a. Chicken Hill: Moving west from Puerto Ayora, after about a 1 hour boat ride we will find this left hander with very long walls,this wave averages 6 feet, one of the main attractions is the incredible view you get from the waves. Las Palmas: located 1 hour and 30 minutes from town going west we find Las Palmas ,a big, left drop with a big wall in the inside section, this wave gets a little bigger than the others going from 8 to 10 feet in average, definetly worth checking it out with a good south swell. *There are many options in between that are good for exploring as we move north of Santa Cruz.


ISABELA ISLAND

This island is becoming the hot spot in Galapagos due to its miles of white sand beaches right in front of Puerto Villamil the main town here with a population of around 1,000 people, very relaxing, however this island only has surfing with southern currents,if we have them these are the places. Quinta Ola: Located 40 minutes west from Puerto Villamil, this wave is a left hander in perfect shape that averages 6 feet in size. Playa Barahona: 10 minutes from Quinta Ola or 50 minutes from town, this wave has the same conditions as Quinta Ola. Our guides are certified Galapagos National Park naturalist and surf guides with great surfing experience, high level skills, and knowledge, our mainland office also can take care of hotel reservations in the mainland and any other extentions you might need as well as tickets to Galapagos or around South America. Please let us know if you need more information,we will be happy to help you.



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