fbUntamed Galapagos — Thermal
Accommodation
Private villa
Duration
7+ nights
Nearest major airport
Seymour Airport (GPS)

Turquoise barrels & marine iguanas

"Surf one of the most unique and idyllic locations on earth. With over 20 years of experience, we specialize in small, private group surf trips in the Galapagos. Our main playground, San Cristobal island, offers world-class surf from the easy walls at Cannons to the challenging, top-to-bottom barrels of Loberia A-frames. Enjoy untouched, empty lineups in a beautiful, rugged setting, filled with giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and penguins."

The surf

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Plenty of surf spots are found all over the Galapagos islands. From long, fun point breaks to perfect A-frame reefs. From big challenging slabs to perfect and mechanical breaks. All the waves break on some of the most unique and idyllic locations the Pacific has to offer.

Summary

Our main playground, San Cristobal island, offers world-class surf from the easy walls at Cannons to the more challenging Loberia A-frames with top to bottom barrels. Other spots that can generate epic surf are Carola, a right-hander freight train with 150+ yards of power; Tongo reef, a perfect left-hander with rides over 200 yards; Outer reef, a challenging outside reef for experts; Manglesito, a fast and intense left with long rides; Manglesito reef, a perfect A-frame with square barrels; and Craters, a left-hander that offers turquoise-colored barrels. There are several other breaks that, with the right tides and winds, can surprise us.

Surf season

The Galapagos Islands get consistent surf year-round due to their exposed location, 600 nautical miles off the coast of Ecuador. From November through March, the islands receive NW swells (the same swells that hit Hawaii will hit the Galapagos about six days later with a clear decrease in size). From March through November, the Galapagos receive S and SW swells (the same swells that hit Fiji and Tahiti will hit three to four days later).

Waves / breaks descriptions (type, height, etc.)

There is rideable surf every day in the Galapagos, so getting skunked is a rarity. The waves range from three to four feet, up to 10 to 12 feet at more exposed breaks. Depending on your experience level, we recommended bringing a couple of boards, including a shortboard, something a bit bigger, and one gun in the seven-foot range for a solid swell that may occur during your stay.  We also have plenty of high-quality boards to rent, including longboards, and boards handcrafted by one of the best shapers in Ecuador.

Other notes

Our operation is focused in get you and your party to the best breaks based on the info given on that week of your stay. To do so, we count on 2 fiberglass-covered tenders with outboard engines. These boats are used to get you to the nearby breaks (6) as many times as requested during the day. For our visits to Loberia beach (3 miles away) we employ a double-cabin truck.

The adventure

The Galapagos Islands are well known for having inspired Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution, as he saw animals that found their way to, and adapted to, the beautiful, but harsh environment of the islands throughout thousands of years. The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the most unique land animals on earth, including the Galapagos tortoise, Galapagos penguin, marine iguana, and flightless cormorant. The Galapagos and its protected marine reserve are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second-largest marine reserve after the Great Barrier Reef.

The northern islands (Darwin and Wolf) of the Galapagos are also home to the highest abundance of sharks in the world. Given the Galapagos is located where three different currents converge, the waters are rich in marine diversity such sea turtles, sea lions, tropical fish, manta rays, and sharks. No place on earth can provide such a diversity of land and sea animals. On your trip, be prepared to surf and swim with all sorts of animals, including endemic animals only found in the Galapagos. While there are simple rules on how to interact with animals (don't touch!), you will be amazed at how friendly and non-threatening they are towards you. These interactions are what make the Galapagos such an amazing place to experience.

Other activities

This magnificent national park offers a vast amount of activities. All of them are world-class such as scuba diving, SUP, sport fishing, free diving, hikes, mountain biking, snorkeling, endemic wildlife spotting, and kayaking. This creates the perfect destination not only to wave starved guests but for their families and non-surfers friends tagging along. All of them can be organized upon request on-site for an additional cost.

Accommodation

Guests can choose from a hand-picked selection of accommodations in the Galapagos Islands - a Seaside Villa, managed by a local Galapaguenian family; a waterfront hotel special for couples or small groups, or even a Boutique spa and hotel, better for those seeking greater amenities. All options offer a great selection of services and have special common areas where you can relax and enjoy your free time in between surf sessions.

Location

South America/Ecuador/Santa Cruz and San Cristobal
Getting there
There are plenty of flights coming from the U.S. and international cities to Quito and Guayaquil. From these two cities, ther... read more

Amangala Surf Co.

Leading trips since 1999
Eddie Salazar
Eddie Salazar
Eddie Salazar

Amangala Surf Co. is a surf guiding operation based in the Galapagos Islands. We are experienced, passionate, and dedicated to providing a once-in-a-lifetime surfing experience in one of the most unique places on earth. We specialize in small, private groups of no more than 10 clients in any given week. We cater to everyone: families, non-surfers, surfers, water lovers, nature lovers, adventurers, and pros. We love what we do and will make sure you have an extraordinary experience.

Ama la Vida is a simple Spanish phrase that means “to love life”. It is Ecuador’s national slogan and a way of life. Amangala is our simple phrase that means “to love the Galapagos”. It is our way of life and core belief that we plan to pass on to each of our clients. We are Amangala Surf Co. Let us show you the enchanted islands!

Languages: English, Spanish, Danish
Response rate: 100%
Response time: Within 24 hours

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Questions?

What's included?
Accommodation, breakfast, naturalist/surf guide, unlimited water, and overland transport to surf breaks, unlimited drinking water, on-site host, transfers to and from the airport, unlimited snorkel se... read more
What's not included?
Lunches, dinners, alcoholic beverages, national park entrance fee (100 USD/person), Consejo de Gobierno tax (20 USD/person), additional add-ons such as scuba diving, sport fishing, etc.
Is it possible to surf elsewhere in the Galapagos?
The Galapagos is a huge archipelago but not all the islands offer world-class surf. We do organize surf expeditions to Santa Cruz and Isabela islands. These offer great and empty waves but with diffic... read more
What about custom trips?
We are more than happy to work on new trips for each of our guests, considering their preferences and surf experience. Please, don't hesitate to send us a message with your ideas so we can work togeth... read more
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