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Galapagos Surfing

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 is not because there are wrong wind conditions or no swell (there is North and South swells in the Galapagos islands),you are just on the wrong place and we know just how to take you where the good waves are on our yacht.

Surfing in the Galapagos islands is an activity practiced by locals and visitors however most of it had to be done within the ports areas due to the lack of boats available for this purposes, now and after years of programming the Galapagos surf co. starts offering its surf tours around the islands with a beautiful boat which complies with international safety equipment and procedures,

Please visit also our sections about:

SURF SPOTS sample ITINERARY WHEATHER CONDITIONS and SAFETY

 

To give you a brief idea of our sites (probably you know this already) I will start giving you a fast description starting from places with north swell and then south swell.

NORTH SWELLS

North of Baltra island: Baltra is the main airport in the Galapagos with 3 regular flights a day in low season receiving up to 7 flights on high season,it is a military air base and 95% of the cruises start from here,now,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 start moving about 20 minutes to the north ,here we will find good right handers in front of a desertic beautiful beach however is good to mention that is rock botom and the waves are 6 feet average size.

Aeolian Cove: Still at 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 having 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 that provides a smooth ride along it´s long wall,4 to 5 feet waves is 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 waves in Galapagos,just a 10 minutes boat ride East of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno,the predominant offshore winds creates waves of up to 10 feet average,this hard core right hander moves along rock bottom,long wall,again the best wave in San Cristobal.

Manglecito: This beautiful beach makes you feel like you just arrived to paradise,located 15 nautical miles or about one hour boat ride west of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is 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 takes 5 minutes from town and is a left hand wave with a long wall over rock bottom (for a change) ,this waves grow up to 6 foot average. write Us at ops@galapagostours.net

 

SOUTH SWELLS

In the same San Cristobal island 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 wich depending on the wind conditions we can find 6 foot waves,rock bottom.

Tongo Reef: A little further south from la loberia is a perfect left hand long wall which breaks in 3 sections which last one is a tube ,no need to say is still 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 th eislands with a population of over 15000 people has a wide variety of hotels,restaurants and bars,basically lots of fun in town and good waves all around.

Cerro Gallina or chicken hill: Moving west from Puerto Ayora anf after about 1 hour boat ride we will find this left hander with very long walls,this wave averages 6 feet , one of the main attractions in 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 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 1000 people,very relaxing,however this island has good surf extrictly with southern currents,if we have them this 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 has the same conditions as Quinta Ola. Basically this are the good surf sports in the Galapagos islands and we have just the boat for this type of adventures 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 special request we can provide them.

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 only tickets to Galapagos or around southamerica.

Please let Us know your coments or if you need more information,we will be happy to help you.

You can write Us at ops@galapagostours.net

http://www.surfgalapagos.com/

 

Basically this are the good surf spots in the Galapagos islands and we have just the boat for this type of adventures 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 special request we can provide them.Our idea for a 5 days itinerary would be like this.

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 inn ,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 only tickets to Galapagos or around southamerica.

Please let Us know your coments or if you need more information,we will be happy to help you.You can write Us at ops@galapagostours.net

 

The Galapagos Tours co. has been operating tours and cruises in the Galapagos Islands for over 11 years and it has complete knowledge on procedures for any sort of emergency situations including crew members training as well as first hand logistics.

All of our crew members are prepared constantly by taking several types of courses offered by DIGMER which is the local marine authority and approved by the I.M.O. International Marine Organization.

These training courses are held in the local port Captain facilities and given by experts in each area. Furthermore, we count with all the communication equipment on board such as VHF, SSB radio and mobile phones. The training consists in: Safety procedures in case of fire on board, collision, abandon ship and man over board, as well as emergency medical first hand procedures, CPR , broken bones, survival at sea, suturing and minor injuries. Galapagos Tours is the only operator and yacht company that has its own 24 hours on call doctor in town ready to assist anybody in need of attention in case of major injuries.

Our doctor is based in Puerto Ayora. We have 2 speed boats with two 150hp outboard motors which can transport our doctor to any of the emergency location from 15 minutes to a maximum of 2 hours, as well as transporting the injured back to the hospital. All these details will be coordinated in combination with our Galápagos Operation office in Puerto Ayora.

In case of need to return to the mainland, our ground operations office in Quito is ready to have you on the first plane back to the mainland. We highly recommend to obtain the most complete travel insurance you can find in your country before arrival to Ecuador and the Galápagos.

Galapagos Tours co. can help with payments in case of not acceptance of your insurance company based on cash and credit card payments invoices. During our 11 years of operation in the Galapagos Islands , we have been so lucky to have a record of zero accidents to passengers and crew (knock on wood).

However, it does not stop us to continuously keep training our personnel and crew in case of any eventuality.


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 common 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 reduces 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. For example:

 

Jan to May

Santiago, Bartolome and Genovesa 75 -77 deg F (24-25C)
Isabela and Fernandina 69 - 75 deg F (21-24C)
Espanola 75 - 80 deg F (24-27C)

 

Jun to Dec

Santiago, Bartolome and Genovesa 69 - 73 deg F (21- 23C)
Isabela and Fernandina 59 - 68 deg F (15- 20C)
Espanola 68 - 73 deg F (20-23C)


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