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Food & Travel on Galapagos Islands

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Food & Travel on Galapagos Islands

I have read alot of info on the forums and have a couple of questions. Our plan is 8 people, flying into Quaquil Sat night, depart to islands Sun and stay on Isa Bela Sun-Fri. We will hopefully be renting a house. My questions are about transportation to/from Isa Bela and FOOD! I read somewhere that you cannot bring any food or drink on the islands. Is this true? Is there a grocery on the island? What are our options for food if we do not want to do the boat excursions? Also what is the best transport to/from Isa Bela?

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You can buy food on Isabela but you are not allowed to transport your own food items that can cause problems like fruit, seeds etc.

There are restaurants if you don't want to cook for yourself. The Albemarle hotel on the beach has a good cook and the hotel owner is English. In local restaurants you will probably not get any English spoken.

You can fly to Isabela from Balta but its a small plane and you only get 15kg luggage (in total). There are no internal flights on Sundays.

By boat from Puerto Ayora its about 2 hours and it leaves at 2pm - only one a day but it runs 7 days a week. The return leaves Isabela at 6am. You need to book at least a day in advance. You may be charged extra if you have more than 1 piece of luggage. These are small speedboats with twin outboards so it can be rough.

To get from Baltra airport to Puerto Ayora for the boat, get the free airport bus labelled "Canal". Then a passenger ferry to Santa Cruz for I think 85c. Then you can get a taxi for $15. If you are on a tight budget, it is possible to do it by bus to the bus terminus and then $1 taxi but not so easy if you don't speak Spanish or have a guide.

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Thank you so much. Our plan is to fly into Guayaquil Sat, spend the night, catch the flight to the islands (sun), then the boat to Isa Bela (did someone say the boat doesnt go on sundays??). Stay 5 nights, then catch the 6am return boat Friday and fly home Friday night. Short trip, but hopefully worth it! Also we have a ocuple of divers in our group. Looks like there might only be one dive shop on Isa Bela? Anyone have tips for that? We'll hopefully be renting a house, but if that doesn't work, we will look for a budget hotel or hostel.

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The boat does run on Sunday, but you should certainly get the earliest flight into Baltra in order to get to Puerto Ayora with enough time to buy a ticket. Several boats depart, but CaboMar beside the restaurant, "El Descanso del Guia" in front of the new passenger dock have the most reliable service in my experience. Their boat is called the Gaby. You can buy your return ticket at the same time. You will need to be in their office by around 1PM as your bags will be inspected prior to departure.

There are several grocery stores on Isabela...small, but you can get by with the basics. Ask anyone where Peppa's is in the middle of the block by the Park with all the restaurants. Sometimes, Casa Rosada at the end of the beach has BBQs I hear are good. Iguana Crossing Hotel at the far end of the beach has superb food on the pricey side. Ask someone where Oasis is, another good option about 3 blocks back from the sea.

For diving, I highly recommend telling the Dive Center that you want to go out with Julio Mejia...pronounced May Hee a). They can help you locate him or arrange for you to go out with him. Julio also has the permit to go to Los Tuneles. Do NOT miss going there. It's a bit pricey, but very worth it. Only permitted to take 5 people per boat and you can charter a boat with Julio for $300.

If you go up to Sierra Negra, arrange to have lunch at Campo Duro as you come back down. Great food, great setting, private tortoise reserve and the nicest owner. Food is organic produce grown on the property. Bread and chicken baked in an outdoor lava rock oven. Great lunch!

It's Isabela...btw.

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You can buy your food stuff and water on the islands but you are NOT ALLOWED to bring food between islands. SO make sure you finish off all those bananas and other food before you leave. All bags are searched at the jetty before you board the boat and the searched bags will be tagged. The bags are checked for the tags on arrival at the othyer island. The reason is not to introduce new species of plant or animals onto the islands.

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