Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe Island | Galapagos with ChokoTrip

Santa Fe Island, is one of the most famous tours in Galapagos. You will snorkel with turtles, sharks and with luck the sea lions will swim. I can help you book the tour to Santa Fe Island for $140 *$130.

This island is one of my favorites. The best part is when you’re snorkeling in the bay and sea lions start to playfully approach you. (The sea lions’ behavior may change during mating season.)


Santa Fe Island Galapagos



There are two ways to get to Santa Fe Island in the Galapagos. The first is on a sailing cruise that includes this stop in its itinerary. The second is by taking a day tour from Santa Cruz Island.

On the day tour, you can choose between a tour with a landing and without a landing on Santa Fe Island. The tour without a landing combines with the famous Playa Escondida and the trip with a landing combines with the South Plazas, Island.


Iguana endemica de la Isla Santa Fé

Iguana endemica de la Isla Santa Fé

La iguana de la Isla Santa Fé

La iguana de la Isla Santa Fé



Once on the yacht, you’ll sail for 45 minutes until you reach the bays around Santa Fe Island to do some snorkeling. Since the island is located between San Cristobal, Floreana and Santa Cruz Islands, you’ll observe a variety of marine life, like: tropical fish, rays, Tintonera sharks, and sea turtles. This is a wonderful snorkeling experience!

The sea lions tend to be harmless, they’ll swim alongside you in a playful way. There’s always an alpha sea lion present, and you should keep your distance. Before ending the tour without landing, you’ll observe some sea fishing in action. Get ready to see a 30 lb fish battling the rod.


Snorkel in Santa Fe Island


Included in the itinerary of the tour without landing, you’ll visit Playa Escondida which is located on Santa Cruz Island. It’s surrounded by a volcanic arm, ideal for swimming, hiking, observation of baby Galapagos sharks and colonies of marine iguanas. Meanwhile, in the itinerary with landing, you’ll visit South Plazas Island, which has an incredible landscape and is home to a mix of marine and land iguanas.


Tour from Santa Cruz Island
Tour price: US$140 US$ 130.
*The price of the tour changes in high season
Passenger capacity per boat: 10 people
Available days: Everyday
Pick up: The tour operator’s office to receive your snorkeling equipment
Total travel time to and from the island: 1h45 (45 mins there and 1hr back)
Start time: 8:00 am
Return time: 3:00 pm

Includes: Snorkeling equipment (masks and fins), life vest, towels, lunch, snack, certified Galapagos National Park bilingual guide and sea transport.

Does not include: Alcoholic drinks, soda, neoprene suite and tip.

* Price does not include 12% tax. (We only charge it if you want a invoice).
* This tour is not recommended for children from 0 to 2 years old.
* This tour you can book with a partial payment using two available methods of payment: bank transfer (no additional cost for bank transfers between Ecuadorian banks) or you can pay by credit or debit card. The remaining payment must be paid directly to the operator on the island.






I can help you reserve a tour to Santa Fe Island with local operators that own the vessels. Instead of wasting time wandering around each island looking for tours, you should be enjoying the places you can visit on your own while at the Galapagos Islands.

  • *We work directly with boat owners and tour operators in the Galapagos, thereby avoiding additional costs, unlike travel operators like Viator, Get Your Guide and Civitatis which rely on third-party local operators.


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    ✔ Don’t leave trash on the beaches, trails or other touristic locations.
    ✔ Don’t collect plants, sand, insects, stones or any island specimen.
    ✔ Don’t get closer than 2 meters to the animals or use flash when taking photos.
    ✔ Don’t feed the animals, affect their behavior or digestion by giving them food.
    ✔ Try to consume local meals and, if you can, hire a local guide from the communities there.



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    • Carolina

      I will be there in November and was looking for a Tour of Santa Cruz Island without landing. Will you be offering?

      September 7, 2021 at 10:23 pm
    • Sean

      What a tour. Best snorkeling with sea lions. Two spots and tons of sea lions playing right in your face. And with you. Such an amazing experience. If you want to snorkel with sea lions this is trip to take. Thanks choko and to the guide for a great trip.

      June 23, 2021 at 1:09 pm
    • Ron Budde

      My daughter and I had a wonderful day of snorkeling and fishing. While there was no landing on Sante Fe island, we stopped first at “Hidden Beach” on the end on Santa Cruz. Gorgeous beach and much wildlife. Well organized with friendly captain, crew and guide. Well worth the money. A highlight of our trip to the Galapagos.

      April 1, 2020 at 11:15 am
    • Valeria

      It was amazing snorkeling on this tour. Thank you, Choko, for making reservations for us and arranging all.

      January 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm
    • Babi

      The trip to Santa Fe was amazing.
      Firstly Christian helped us find a spot on the boat in a time of the year where it soon gets very busy. It can be hard finding spots for the daily trips and whilst no other tour operator seemed to be able to help us, Christian really managed to get us onboard.
      The boat was amazing and the crew very helpful. The trip itself was fantastic; Visiting Santa Fe from both land and sea is a great opportunity to spot lots of different animals amongst which sea lions, turtles, school of fish.
      The guide we had was very knowledgeable and could speak both English and Spanish. He really took his time to explain lots of things about wildlife and the interaction with the environment. It was like being in a BBC documentary.
      I highly recommend this trip and Christian as organiser. He is truly great, always available and super efficient!

      November 30, 2019 at 5:43 am
    • Tatiana Goldina

      All six of us enjoyed the snorkeling trip to Santa Fe on yacht. The tour included deep water snorkeling in a scenic bay and fishing. The trip was very well organized, the boat was fast, food was great, and snorkeling was excellent. First spot with the sea lions had pretty strong currents for our group, and the guide decided to move us to a safer area. On the way back we caught 2 pretty big fish. Just make sure you understand that landing on the island and hiking are not part of this trip.

      January 7, 2019 at 2:04 pm

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