Santa Cruz, Marlin Fishing and Billfishing Charters in the Galapagos Islands
The island of Santa Cruz is home to the largest population in Galapagos of approximately 18,000 residents. Restaurants, bars and hotels are part of the amenities here but the main attraction is the nature trails, wildlife, small boat tours, hiking, site seeing, giant tortoises and of course good marlin fishing. This was the island where Ecuagringo first opened its doors for charters with the first inshore charters in 1997. We began to do professional billfishing by 2001 with the 35 Bertram “Striper” and operated here until 2006 when we moved our boats and operation to San Cristobal. We continued to supply our guest with reliable crews and boats to fish in Santa Cruz until 2010. With such demand for fishing increasing in San Cristobal we directed all our attention to its waters. Today back by popular demand and because many of our anglers want the added attractions we are providing once again charters to this island paradise.
The island is in the center of the archipelago about 80% of all travelers pass through this island once they arrive in neighboring Baltra Airbase. A 45 KM road crosses the Island from its Western dry side bordering Baltra Island to the southeast side where sits Puerto Ayora, the island’s main town. There are highlands, giant tortoise habitat, farmlands, pastures and many great places to look as far as the eye can see. The Charles Darwin Station is located near Puerto Ayora and was home to the late and legendary “Lonesome George” giant Galapagos tortoise.
Why Fish Here?
If you are looking for an island full of activities for all the family then this is the place. Want nightlife? Several bars and discos to hang out. Like touring and site seeing with the option to island hop to Isabela, San Cristobal and Floreana Islands. The fishing from San Cristobal to the marlin grounds of 0-30 Bank, Bank 90 and Floreana waters are all proven marlin haunts. Santa Cruz may not have as many options when it comes to marlin banks as San Cristobal but the ones it does have has fueled the fishery for years. If you would like to target blue, striped and black marlin as well as great wahoo and tuna then you can try your hand at fishing here. Some of the biggest marlin caught and lost in the Galapagos have been fishing from Santa Cruz.
The best time to fish for black, blue and striped marlin is December to April when waters are warmest and calmest. You will find good striped marlin fishing all year. The wahoo and tuna bite tend to be good all year as well.
Custom Sample Itinerary:
Ecuagringo has sample itineraries that start with two days fishing up to however many days you desire. Itineraries are designed based on number of people in group, destination, activities, amenities, level of comfort and anything your heart desires. All itineraries are custom made to serve you needs and wants.
Our most popular Santa Cruz Package:
Santa Cruz 4 Days fishing, 2 days touring and 7 nights:
Included in this package:
Guayaquil Airport meet and greet, transfers from airport to Hotel 4 Star
Baltra Airport greet and transfer to Santa Cruz
Double or single rooms at hotels
Hotel in Santa Cruz, Galapagos
Breakfast at all hotels
Guides/hosts/greeters to assist you during your stay
Complete crew and tackle onboard
80#, 50# and 30# standup tackle
34 or 36 Ft custom sportfisher with twin outboards, fly bridge, salon and fighting chair
4 Fishing days leaving dock 7:00 AM and returning 5:00 PM approximately
All snacks, lunches, water, non-alcoholic beverages and 1 case of beer per day
Choice of fishing circle hooks and pitch baits, lures, light tackle and fly fishing
Local taxes for rooms and services
Day 1 of Tours – Higlands, giant tortoise habitat, and Charles Darwin Station
Day 2 of Tours – Puerto Ayora and Academy bay boat and snorkel tours
*Prices of 2 to 5 anglers are for 1 boat. We have more boats available for anglers who wish to split up in more boats or larger groups.
*Bait fishing subject to availability. If bait is a must please advise at booking at least 3 months prior as most bait is imported or acquired from mainland
Galapagos National Park entrance fee
Dinners at your leisure in town
International or domestic airfare (we can assist you with reservations and purchase of flights from Guayaquil to San Cristobal, Galapagos for a fee of $65 per person).
For custom packages and prices please contact us or call.
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