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Scuba Diving In Galapagos Islands Hot

Dive area / region : Galapagos Islands - See the map Scuba Diving In Galapagos Islands

Best diving season : January  •  February  •  March  •  April  •  May  •  June  •  July  •  August  •  September  •  October  •  November  •  December
Recommended number of days to stay : More than 1 week...
Number of dive sites : More than 20 Dive Sites
Water temperature and wetsuit advice : 16-20C : 2 Piece Wetsuit
Average visibility : 16 - 20 meters
Average dives depth : 25 Meters
Type of currents : Strong currents - drift diving
Months when these currents are present : Year round, conditions can vary drastically from dive to dive.
General surface conditions : Very variable conditions
Wreck types : N/A
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Type of marine life : Barracuda  •  Corals  •  Dolphins  •  Grouper  •  Lobster  •  Mola Mola - Mondfish  •  Moray Eels  •  Nudibranch  •  Octopus  •  Plants  •  Rays  •  Reef Fish  •  Sea urchins  •  Seahorses  •  Seals - Sea Lion  •  Shark - Hammerhead  •  Shark - Reef shark  •  Shark - Whale shark  •  Softcoral  •  Sponge  •  Star fish  •  Tuna  •  Turtles  •  Whales
Presence of caves / caverns : Yes - Open


The Galapagos is a volcanic group of islands 600 miles away from the nearest land in the Pacific Ocean. The archipelago is made of 13 major islands, 6 minor islands, 42 islets and countless rocks over a territory of nearly 8000 square kilometers.
The islands are home to world class diving that tops the list of dream destinations for divers of every ability level.

The best known diving in the archipelago is done at Wolf and Darwin. These two little islands are located some 120 miles away from the central islands. These two islands have been acclaimed as the diving “meca” for big encounters. When you hear amazing stories about diving in the Galapagos Islands these two islands are probably the gist of that. This modality is usually pricy and is restricted to liveaboard diving only. Encounters with sea lions, fur seals, turtles, adult whale sharks, large schools of hammerheads, galapagos sharks, mantas and even the elusive mola mola (ocean sunfish) or occasional pod of orca are regular encounters one can expect to experience.
There are plenty of options for those that are also interested in land based activities and/or have a limited budget, to still enjoy the local diving. There are four inhabited islands which are located at the center of the archipelago. The daily dive trips are a good option if you are based in one of those. You stay in a local hotel and go diving during the day with a tour operator. A natural progression of daily diving trips is island hopping. Using daily ferries from island to island and enjoying the diving offered in each location. It is usually less pricey and more flexible than a liveaboard trip.
A full range of diving lessons and courses are also available on the island. Beginner divers can still enjoy the diving, there are plenty of places that can provide any level of instruction necessary to increase the diver's comfort level.

The diving in the Galapagos is considered Intermediate to Advanced. Conditions can include strong surge and currents and most dives are done as drift dives. The conditions can change very fast - even during the course of a dive. The water temperature is colder during the months of May through January, however it is these cold conditions that provide the most opportunities to spot large pelagics brought in to the favorable conditions. All year round a full wetsuit of at least 5 mm is recommended. During the colder months, the use of a 7mm wetsuit, hood and/or drysuit may be more comfortable. A good pair of gloves is recommended for holding on to volcanic rocks, more for protecting your hands then for keeping warm.

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