Silberstein Diving

Combine your stay in Silberstein Hotel, along with daily diving tours and enjoy your vacations.

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Combine your stay in Silberstein Hotel, along with daily diving tours and enjoy your vacations.

The hotel is located in Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz, just 5 minutes’ walk from the Charles Darwin Research Station and 50 meters from the ocean.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Angermeyer family arrived to the Galapagos Islands and established and built the Hotel Angermeyer, surrounded by a beautiful garden, in the town of Puerto Ayora. It was for many travelers the first choice for a hotel in Puerto Ayora, and the gathering of information about Galapagos. The new owners, Werner and his wife Gabriele Silberstein of German origin, purchased the property in 1993, and continued the hotel operation under traditional name Angermeyer until the year 2002. Since that time, the hotel has been named Hotel Silberstein. Recently, their son Jan Silberstein and his wife Kat, are currently carrying forward the Silberstein family tradition.

Experience excellent hospitality, modern services, and a Dive Center on property – guaranteeing guests an unforgettable experience in true paradise!

Hotel Silberstein offers 24 rooms guest rooms, with a mixture between double (twin beds) and single (queen or king) beds, for single or double occupation. Our rooms offer you the best accommodations, with private bathroom, hot water, ceiling fan, and air conditioning. Laundry service on-site is also available, if requested. *Also available is a roll-away bed, for children to sleep with parents in the room.

Dining at Hotel Silberstein is an unforgettable experience for all senses. The menu includes Ecuadorian cuisine and international specialty meals for all different types of tastes.


Day 1 
Arriving at Baltra airport, a staff member from Hotel Silberstein will welcome our new guests.  Transfer to the hotel. 
Visit the  Charles Darwin Research Station
Introducing the dive center : fitting equipment or a personal check equipment.
Overnight at the hotel Silberstein.

Other days
Breakfast at 06H30 
Departure at 7 am and transfer to the yatch.
Dive sites ( takes from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the location and state of the sea )
2 full immersion every day ; lunch on board after the second dive.
Return to the hotel between 2 pm and 4 pm , depending on the dive sites and sea conditions

 Last day 
Check out and transfer to the airport .

Dive Sites Brief Description

Gordon Rocks (Mon / Wed):
This rock formation is famous around the world. It is one of the best dive sites of Galapagos. It is close to Plazas, It takes 40 minutes by boat from Canal Itabaca which is the main dock on the north side of the island. It takes 45 minutes by car to get there from our dive center in Puerto Ayora. The maximum depth is 30m and currents can be strong, this is a site for experienced divers only. If you want to see hammerheads this is the place to come dive, but it´s not only the hammerheads that make this site special, the topography is amazing and the marine life never disappoints.

Dive levels: Intermediate / Professional (minimum 30 dives of previous experience)

Plazas (Mon):
Located on the east side of Santa Cruz, Plazas is mainly used as a resting spot as well as for check dives and dive courses. Plazas is actually two small islets divided by a small channel.

Here there are large colonies of sea lions that will actually come and dive and play with you. Beware of the male though! He doen’t like when the females get too close to divers. The south shore is where you will find butterflyfishes, damseldishes, wrasses, Moorish idols as well as juvenile barracudas and sharks. The water around the north shore is calmer and is well-suited for exploring the interesting underwater rock formations. Dive levels: Begginer / Intermediate

Floreana (Tue):
Floreana is best known for its colorful history of buccaneers, pirates, whalers, convicts, and colonists. It is located 50km south of Santa Cruz Island; it takes 2 hours by boat from Puerto Ayora to get there.

The dive sites at Floreana are called Champion and Punta Cormorant, they are small islands close to the main island of Floreana.

Punta Cormorant has a black sandy beach twinkles with green olivine crystals (also called peridot). These crystals are evidence of a violent volcanic eruption.

They also come here to breed. Here you’ll also see white cheeked Pintail Ducks, stilts and other shorebirds.
If you follow the short trail over the hill you’ll come to a pristine white sandy beach and gentle surf. The sand here is so fine that it feels like walking on feathers! This beach is a nesting ground for the Green Sea Turtles. Playing off in the surf you might also see Stingrays, Golden Cowrays, and White-tipped Reef Sharks. Black volcanic rock which contrasts the pure white sand and soft blue waters is decorated with the bright red sally lightfoot crab

Champion is characterized by it´s coral covered walls; the maximum depth on this dive is 20m. Currents are mild and the dive is generally a drift dive. Big schools of barracudas, white tip reef sharks and turtles and several different rays can be seen in this area as well as schools of tropical fish.

Dive levels: Begginer / Intermediate / Professional

Mosquera (Thu / Fri):
Mosquera is a small sand island between North Seymour and Baltra. Maximum depth for this dive site is 30m and currents are generally mild. This site is famous for the sea lions that come and play during the dive. Sharks, turtles, rays, barracudas and tropical fish are common in this area.

Dive levels: Intermediate / Professional

Daphne (Thu):
Daphne is located north of Baltra, It takes 40 minutes by boat from Canal Itabaca which is the main dock on the north side of the island. It takes 45 minutes by car to get there from our dive center in Puerto Ayora. The maximum depth is 30m where you can find some impressive underwater pinnacles where you often find eagle rays swimming past. Currents here can strong depending on the time of year. This site is considered as wall dive, it is very colorful and beautiful. The marine life varies from the big animals like hammerheads, manta rays and sea lions to the small animals that live on the wall like, corals, sponges, lobsters, octopus, nudibranchs, barnacle blennies and many more.

Dive levels: Begginer / Intermediate / Professional

North Seymour (Fri /Sun):
North Seymour is situated north of Baltra. It takes 30 minutes by boat from Canal Itabaca which is the main dock on the north side of the island. It takes 45 minutes by car to get there from our dive center in Puerto Ayora. In this area there are 4 different dive sites for all levels of experience. Maximum depths for these depths range from 15m to 30m. The topography of this area is interesting; some parts have walls and caves others sandy bottoms with galapagos garden eels feeding in the currents. In this area hammerheads are common along with white tips and Galapagos sharks. You may also see turtles, manta rays, eagle rays, sea lions and lots of tropical fish. The majority of the time currents in this area are mild and most dives are drift dives.

Dive levels: Begginer / Intermediate / Professional

Bartolome (Sat):
Bartolome is a small island situated on the east coast of Santiago Island. It is famous for the tall, leaning spike known as Pinnacle Rock which is the eroded remains of an old tuff cone. At its foot is a beach for swimmers and snorkelers, and there is a tiny colony of Galápagos penguins. It has amazing scenery both on land and underwater which makes it one of our best dive sites.

Getting to Bartolome takes 90 minutes by boat from Canal Itabaca which is the main dock on the north side of the island. It takes 45 minutes by car to get there from our dive center in Puerto Ayora.

This area has two dive sites, Bartolome and Cousin Rock. The maximum depth on these dives is 25m, currents are mild to strong depending on the time of year. Visibility is generally good in this area and rock formations are very interesting and beautiful because of all the black coral that lives on the rocks.

The marine life that can be seen in this area is the following; hammerhead sharks, white tip reef sharks, galapagos sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, sea lion, turtles and schools of tropical fish but the big attraction of this area are the beautiful pacific sea horses.

Dive levels: Begginer / Intermediate

Cousin Rock (Sat):
Cousins rock is a world famous dive site for experienced divers and is situated north of Bartolome and off the eastern coast of Santiago island. Getting there takes about 40 min by taxi + 90 min by boat.

This triangular rock of Cousins rises about 10 m out of the water and consists of multilayered volcanic rock. We dive along ledges and overhangs, which take turns with steep slopes and walls.

A stunning wall is covered in endemic black coral and is inhabited by invertebrates such as nudibranches. Also the largest and only sea horse in the Eastern Pacific can be found here (more than 25 cm). The dive can be finished in a depth of 4 to 5 m at a nice colorful overgrown reef formation.
Encounters with small schools of hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, large shoals of reef fish and shoals of barracudas, white tip reef sharks and mantas are possible. An unforgettable experience is diving and snorkeling with curious and playful sea lions.

On daily dive excursions, this spot is mostly combined with a second dive in Bartolome.

Dive levels: Intermediate / Professional Dive