The waters of the Galápagos Marine Reserve are famous for their abundance of game-fish. And San Cristóbal has, by far, the best fishing of all the islands:
Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin
Yellowfin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna)
Dorado (Mahi Mahi)
Alamaco Jack, Amberjack...
And many more - With a mixture of inshore and offshore fishing you can catch 15 to 20 species in a day.
Vivencial Fishing with Galeodan - on “Leodan”
Besides Helena’s Garden and the Galeodan Suites, we also own and operate a Vivencial Fishing boat: Leodan.
Leodan is a 10m custom built fishing boat with twin 200HP Yamaha outboardmotors. outriggers, fighting chair and GPS/Fishfinder. We carry state of the art Shimano rods & reels for trolling, jigging & popping and top of the line equipment for big-game fly-fishing. Four anglers is the normal maximum per boat, although we make exceptions for families. For five anglers and up, we provide additional boats.
Many people are under the impression that tourists cannot fish in the Galápagos Marine Reserve and for several years, that was true.
But now we have Vivencial Fishing, which is a specially regulated form of recreational fishing for tourists developed specifically for sustainability and reduced environmental impact with the emphasis on local participation and benefit.
Although it encompasses the same techniques and offers the same level of excitement associated with “Sport-Fishing”, there are key differences and “Sport Fishing”, as such, is still not permitted.
What’s Different about Vivencial Fishing?
The Regulations, issued by the Galápagos National Park, go into considerable detail, however these are the defining characteristics of Vivencial Fishing:
Only specially licensed boats, owned by Galápagos fishermen, can offer the service.
It’s strictly “Catch & Release”, with a limit of 50lbs which guests can keep for their own consumption.
The operator and crew cannot sell any catch.
Marlin must be released unharmed.
There are limitations on the size of boat and motors.
You cannot fish for protected species, such as shark and rays.
How much does it cost?
People here generally characterize the fishing as either:
Pesca Altura - Offshore fishing for marlin, or
Pesca Chica - Inshore fishing for tuna, wahoo, grouper etc.
But that’s only a general guideline. Pesca Altura boats do inshore as well as offshore fishing - Often on the same excursion, depending on what’s biting..
The Pesca Altura boats are bigger, cost more to operate, travel further offshore, generally offer only full days and cost more to charter: $1,300 to $2,000 for a day with up to 4 anglers.
The Pesca Chica boats are smaller, less expensive to operate, tend to stay inshore, do half or 3/4 days and are correspondingly less expensive to charter: $300 to $600.
You can probably save money by going on an unlicensed boat but it’s entirely at your own risk. Vivencial Fishing boats meet stricter safety regulations (2 motors and extra safety equipment) and face more frequent inspection - Your day on a “pirate” boat could be cut short by a visit from one of the Galápagos National Park patrol boats.
More About Vivencial Fishing in Galápagos
For more details regarding the legality of fishing, the regulations and fishing in the Galápagos in general, please visit our main website: www.Galeodan.com in particular the pages: