Things to do in Galapagos



Ikala Boutique Hotel offers many opportunities to enjoy your holidays calmly, whether by diving in the pool, lounging on a hammock by the pool garden, or savoring a delicious cocktail at the Terrace Bar Restaurant while taking in the beautiful view of the harbor. At night, while you rest in our comfortable armchairs, and of course if the weather permits, you will be able to observe the starry constellations of the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

Ikala Hotel’s prime central location means you can easily explore Puerto Ayora on your own. With boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and bars, there is something to entertain everyone. At night, for those eager to dance, the “Panga Disco Bar” is a popular spot to let loose. Every day of the week, you can visit the fisherman’s wharf and watch out for pelicans and sea lions wanting to taste the day’s catch! On Saturdays, you can experience the local lifestyle at the farmer’s market.

Ikala Galapagos Hotel also works closely together with local tourist service providers, contributing to the well-being of the locals.

Here is a short list of what you can do in town using the services of small local Tour Operators and Travel Agencies:

  • ½ day Biking Tours
  • ½ day Highland Tours to observe giant Galapagos Turtles in their natural state
  • ½ day Bay Tour to visit Lobos Islet
  • ½ day tour of the beautiful Garrapatero Beach
  • ½ day walking tour to Tortuga Bay Beach
  • ½ day tour to visit local farms to observe coffee, banana and cacao plantations



We work closely with amazing Travel Agencies and Tour Operators specialized in the development of adventure activities including:


Our local agent will provide you with quality kayaking equipment to paddle around the waters near Puerto Ayora harbor. Some of the favorite kayaking spots are Garrapatero Beach, Tortuga Bay, Divine Bay and Playa de los Alemanes. While paddling, you will be able to spot some of the unique endemic wildlife of the Galapagos: blue footed boobies and masked boobies resting on the cliffs that form the edges of the islands, pelicans and other marine birds, but also sea lions and marine turtles.

Hiking on the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island

Hikes in Galapagos vary from island to island and give visitors the chance to learn first-hand about geology and the archipelago formation. With the company of an experienced local guide, you will be able to explore the volcanic landscapes formed about 100 years ago. During the hikes, you will be able to enjoy the local forest with so many native endemic plants and trees. You will also find several species of birds such as finches, Pájaro Brujo, mockingbirds, and others.

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Some of the best spots for snorkeling activities in the archipelago of Galapagos are Seymour, Bartolome and Santa Fe islands. Beginners and experienced snorkelers will enjoy many opportunities to observe beautiful colored fish species, sea turtles, and harmless sharks while sharing the water with playful sea lions.

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Hill Biking

Our local agency will offer you easy to difficult downhill paths to enjoy biking on Santa Cruz island while enjoying beautiful views and perhaps with the opportunity to meet some giant Galapagos turtles on the way. This can be a great activity for families and small groups.

Scuba Diving

Ikala Hotel will put you in contact with qualified Scuba Diving operators who will offer you PADI designed programs for beginners and experienced adventurers. Enjoy the thrill of scuba diving in a safe and fun environment. Galapagos is well known as one of the world’s hot spots for scuba diving, so get ready to enjoy the most fabulous marine life that can be found in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Find exotic tropical fish, yellowtail grunts, sea turtles, Galapagos garden eel colonies, rays, bigeye jacks, schools of snappers, sightings of shark, snake eels, amberjacks, barracudas, multicolored sponges, octopus and get ready to play with the sea lions in Galapagos.   


Starting from Ikala Hotel, a 30 to 45 minute walk along a beautiful path surrounded by Opuntia cactus, will take you to the amazing beach known as Tortuga Bay which offers great opportunities for surfing. Tortuga Bay features a spectacular white, sandy beach with great waves for surfing. Whether you are beginner or very experienced, our local specialized guides will make surfing in Galapagos unforgettable!


Experience our First Class Island Hopping programs in the famed Galapagos Islands. Discover the best of Santa Cruz, Floreana, Isabela Island and San Cristobal Islands.

These exceptional programs of 4, 5, 6 or 7 days will take you to enjoy the amazing visitor sites of the National Park & Marine Reserve of Galapagos with the company of charming professional naturalist guides, trained by the Galapagos National Park and most of them speaking several languages (Spanish, English, German, Italian, French, etc.). Hotel accommodations will be arranged in first class hotels (Ikala Galapagos Hotel in Santa Cruz, Iguana Crossing in Isabela and so on), and the navigation between the inhabited islands, will be enjoyed on board of our beautiful, very comfortable Galapagos Element Wind Yacht Catamaran ( This new Yacht Catamaran is the best in Galapagos for Island Hopping tours, with ample, very comfortable spaces which will permit you enjoy the navigation at the most while observing marine wildlife: marine turtles, dolphins, sea lions, manta rays, flying fishes, etc. We will also observe blue footed boobies, masked boobies, seagulls, frigate birds, perhaps albatross, etc.

Starting from Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz island, we also offer full service First Class 1 Day tours to Floreana or Isabela or San Cristobal islands. Please contact us for additional information.

Enjoy the Galapagos Islands at the most!