Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges, a company that is pioneering responsible, multi-island, land-based touring in the Galapagos, has secured PADI Dive Resort certification for its lodge operations. Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges is the life work of native Ecuadorian Hernan Rodas. Until Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges began offering multiple island hospitality in 2007, the Galapagos was primarily a cruise-only destination. Today the company is the leading lodge-to-lodge operation in the region, setting standards for quality and responsible tourism.
“The PADI programs give us yet another way to help our guests immerse themselves in the natural world here,” said Rodas. He noted that the dive environments close to the company’s lodges are as diverse as the islands themselves. “We encourage our visitors to island hop among our three lodges to experience the magnificent diversity of nature, scenery and, of course, people,” he said, noting that his is the only company in the Galapagos that can welcome guests to its doors on multiple islands while maintaining consistent quality and service throughout.
Guests of Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges may choose from a selection of set itineraries of varying lengths or create their own private bespoke adventure. Daily activities include naturalist tours, wildlife viewing, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, mountain biking and more. Red Mangrove’s certified PADI Dive operations offer the latest equipment, expert instructors and safety features. For divers, novice to advanced, Red Mangrove offers a wealth of options and packages (www.divingingalapagos.com).
Prices vary per length of stay, party size and chosen itinerary. Rates for 2010 for the eight-day/seven-night Full Adventure in Galapagos program start at $2,602 per person, double occupancy and include 10 percent service charge, all meals noted in the itinerary, excursions with English-speaking naturalist guides, boat transfers between lodges, free use of bikes when in Puerto Ayora and Isabela and all snorkeling gear. There is a 25 percent discount for children under 10 years old. For more information, call 888-254-3190 or visit www.redmangrove.com.