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8 Day Royal Surf Camp on San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos

Bahia Dorada Boutique Spa / Hotel, San Cristobal, Galapagos Island, Ecuador

Ecuador Surf Camp in Galapagos Island

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 8 participants
Breakfast included
Airport transfer included

This listing has the most popular offer available in Ecuador

This Royal Package has been designed for families, couples, and for all surfers for which comfort, quick access to surf, first class service, incredible food, and great ambiance is a must on any surfing trip. It has been designed for surfers that want to experience the Galapagos Islands on a deeper surfing and nature level, allowing them not only to surf San Cristobal island but also tour the highlands to see Galapagos tortoises, the volcano, and a secluded beach!

Highlights

  • 2 or 3 surf sessions each day
  • Services of host / surf guide for 24 hours
  • Unlimited transfers to the surf breaks provided
  • Surf at one of the six different waves in San Cristobal each day
  • 7 nights accommodation with daily buffet breakfast and unlimited drinking water
  • Unlimited snorkel sessions, as well as a volcano and a secluded beach visit
  • 1 tour to the highlands in order to see Galapagos tortoises
  • Transfers to and from the airport in San Cristobal Island

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Danish, Spanish
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer included: San Cristóbal Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi

For this package, Hotel Bahia Dorada in San Cristobal will be your base while on the Galapagos. It is a small, water front, family-owned accommodation that only offers 21 suites, divided in:

  • 3 ocean-view suite on the top floor (65 square meters)
  • 7 waterfront suites on the second floor (50 square meters)
  • 5 lateral ocean-view suites on the second floor (40 square meters)
  • 6 pool-view suites on 1st floor (40 square meters)

This place has been named one the top 100 small boutiques hotels of the world.

Program

Upon arrival, one of the staff members will be waiting for you and your party at the arrival gate to take you to hotel Bahia Dorada. This will not take more than 15 minutes. After a quick check in and welcome drink, your assigned guide will perform a detailed briefing regarding the national park rules, and of course, all the info about the surfing plan for the entire week will be also provided.

You will have two or three surf sessions each day at one of the six different waves available in the area (safari to the untouched, rich wave area of the north coast of San Cristobal available upon request) with access to surf spots with one of our speed boats or by a car depending on the island's area.

Most of the flights do depart from San Cristobal towards mainland after 11:30 a.m. This will allow you to squeeze in one last session before your return home.

All of the surf itineraries are designed three days before your arrival, taking into consideration factors such as wind, tide, and swell direction in order to harvest as many surf sessions as possible during your trip.

World class surf in the Galápagos

While not all islands in the Galápagos offer world class surf, the best islands with shallow reefs and exposed breaks are San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Baltra, and Floreana Islands. Surfing operations are based in San Cristóbal where 20 plus breaks can be found. However, Amangala Surf does offer surf trips to other islands, allowing you to experience more of the Galápagos Islands and its unique biodiversity and beauty. Please send an Amangala Surf an inquiry for more information.

The main playground, San Cristóbal Island, offers world-class surf from the easy walls at Cannons to the more challenging Loberia A-frames with top to bottom barrels. Other spots that can generate epic surf are Carola, a right-hander freight train with 150 plus yards of power; Tongo reef, a perfect left-hander with rides over 200 yards; Outer reef, a challenging outside reef for experts; Manglesito, a fast and intense left with long rides; Manglesito reef, a perfect A-frame with square barrels; and Craters, a left-hander that offers turquoise-colored barrels. There are several other breaks, that with the right tides and winds, can surprise you.

Waves and quivers

Unlike conventional wisdom, the Galápagos Islands get consistent surf year round due to its exposed location which is 600 nautical miles of the coast of Ecuador in South America. From November through March, the islands receive NW swells (the same swells that hit Hawaii will hit the Galápagos about six days later with a clear decrease in size). From March through November, the Galápagos receives S and SW swells (the same swells that hit Fiji and Tahiti will hit three to four days later).

There is a rideable surf every day in the Galápagos, so getting skunked is a remote possibility. The waves range from three to four feet up to 10 to 12 feet at more exposed breaks. Depending on your experience level, Amangala Surf recommends bringing a couple of boards, including a shortboard, something but bigger, and one gun in the seven-foot range for a solid swell that may occur during your stay. Amangala Surf also has plenty of high-quality boards to rent including longboards and boards handcrafted by one of the best shapers in Ecuador.

Please send Amangala Surf an inquiry if you are interested in having a custom board ready for you upon your arrival. They are high-quality and attractively priced, allowing you to avoid board bag airline fees. Once your surf trip is over, you can take it with you or Amangala Surf can buy it from you to use in their local surf programs or for their rental fleet. The Galápagos has only one basic surf shop. Amangala Surf recommends you bring all the necessary surf equipment, but Amangala Surf has basic gear here as well such (wax, extra leashes, fin keys, and ding repair kits).

Who should come?

Amangala Surf caters to everyone: families, non-surfers, surfers, water lovers, nature lovers, adventurers, and pros. Their itineraries are built for you to play hard with as many surf sessions and activities as you can handle. Amangala Surf does this because this is a once in a lifetime experience and there are so many things to do while you are with them. While Amangala Surf offers a unique surf charter experience, most of their clients will have land-based experiences as well.

Land-based experiences, in Amangala Surf's humble opinion, provide the most value and the only way to truly experience the Galápagos Islands is through its surf and natural wonders in a short period of time. Amangala Surf can also cater to groups that have non-surfers or new or intermediate surfers in the group. Amangala Surf has had plenty of clients surfing while their children enjoy a snorkel session close by or build sand castles with sea lions and the guides.

Location

The Galápagos Islands are well known for having inspired Charles Darwin's "Theory of Evolution" as he saw animals that found their way to, and adapted to, the beautiful but harsh environment of the islands over the course of thousands of years. The Galápagos Islands are home to some of the most unique land animals on earth including the Galápagos tortoise, Galápagos penguin, marine iguana, and flightless cormorant.

The Galápagos and its protected marine reserve are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second largest marine reserve after the Great Barrier Reef. The northern islands (Darwin and Wolf) of the Galápagos are also home to the highest abundance of sharks in the world. The Galápagos is located where three different currents converge and the waters are rich in marine diversity like sea turtles, sea lions, tropical fish, manta rays, and sharks.

No place on earth is able to provide such diversity of land and sea animals. On your trip, you may be prepared to surf and swim with all sorts of animals including endemic animals only found in the Galápagos. While there are simple rules on how to interact with animals like to not touch them, you will be amazed at how friendly and non-threatening they are towards you. These interactions are what make the Galápagos such an amazing place to experience.

Food

A breakfast buffet is included in the package for this tour. The hotel offers a wide range of choices for lunch and dinner, featuring Ecuadorian / Peruvian fusion.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Besides world-class surf, the Galapagos Islands also offer a numerous other activities while you are visiting them.

Visit remote islands by plane

The Galapagos Islands are a huge archipelago so access to other islands does take time. Amangala Surf have created a daily trip where you can travel by air to another more remote islands like Isabela or North Seymour. From there, an organized day trip will allow you to spot some of the most amazing endemic creatures that the Galapagos Islands have to offer such as penguins, land iguanas, flamingos, sea horses, white tip sharks, golden rays, and more.

Scuba

The Galapagos Islands offer world class scuba diving. While on your surf trip, you can consider doing a couple of dives. Hammer heads, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, mantas, and even whale sharks are some of the species that you will be able to dive with.

SUP

Paddle at sunset to Carola Beach or to the outer reef where blue footed boobies, sea lions, sea turtles and a vast amount of tropical fish are a common sight. Bring your snorkel gear to dive along the way.

Snorkel

Snorkeling is a popular recreational activity for all ages. The primary appeal is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting without the complicated equipment and training required for scuba diving. Wherever Amangala Surf take you, it won't be hard to find endemic animals like sea lions, marine iguanas and variety of fish and other sea creatures.

Hike and bike

A fun activity on San Cristobal Island is to hike up an extinct volcano at the highest point on the island and then ride mountain bikes back down to the marina.

Scenic hikes

There are numerous scenic hikes that are fun ways to experience the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands. There are also many places where you can hike and stop to swim or snorkel.

Bike and chill

Using mountain bikes to explore the islands are another fun way to experience the Galapagos. While there too many destinations to list, a mountain bike ride from Puerto Baquerizo to Puerto Chino is a great workout. Puerto Chino is a remote beach with beautiful scenery and plenty of wildlife. Don't worry, Amangala Surf can bring the bikes back by car.

Photography

Amangala Surf Co. will take pictures and videos all week during your trip, allowing you to provide a digital package with all your trip's highlights. The staff includes well known photographers on the Galapagos and utilize a drone, Go Prosm and digital SLR cameras. Price is per person.

Yoga sessions

The perfect addition to a great surf trip! Yoga instructors are fully certified offering sessions early mornings or late afternoon in one of the sun decks.

What's included

  • 2 or 3 surf sessions each day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Transfers to and from the airport in San Cristobal Island
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Unlimited water / boat transfers to the surf breaks
  • Unlimited surf transfers by car when needed
  • 24-hour host / surf guide
  • Ecuadorian government taxes
  • Unlimited snorkel sessions
  • 1 tour to the highlands in order to see Galapagos tortoises, a volcano visit, and secluded beach visit
  • Unlimited drinking water

What's not included

  • Lunch (available at the hotel)
  • Dinner (available at the hotel)
  • Drinks
  • Any other activity such as scuba, sport fishing, etc (available upon request)
  • Entry fee to the national park Galapagos (100 USD per person)
  • Consejo de Gobierno entry tax (20 USD per person)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at San Cristóbal Airport (SCY). Transfer from the airport is included. Amangala Surf will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: San Cristóbal Airport Airport transfer included: San Cristóbal Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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Availability

This surf trip is available all year round with a preference on arrivals on Saturday, departure on the next Saturday. Please select an arrival date below.

Pricing information
  • Children up to 11 years old are free of charge, a maximum of 2 kids per suite 
  • Children over 11 years old pay an extra 440 USD for an extra sofa bed
  • Extra adult is available for all room options, except for the Luxury Suite Third Floor one. Please send your inquiry for further pricing information.
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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