The Galapagos Archipelago is a diver’s paradise and one of the most unique places on earth. Made famous by Charles Darwin for the origins of his evolution studies as he journeyed aboard the “Beagle,“ these islands have astounding biodiversity above and below the water. Made up of volcanic islands, the islands consists of 13 major islands, 6 smaller ones, and even more rocky islets. Thanks to the cold waters of the Humbolt current, although these islands sit right along the equator, the ocean climate is more temperate than tropical with temperatures never exceeding 25 C (77 F) December to May and dropping to 22 C (72 F) June to November.
Enduring the cooler temperatures of the Humbolt along with the Cromwell current from the west, are well worth it, however, as it is these currents that bring nutrient-rich waters to these active volcanic islands attracting an intense array of sea life. You won’t see much in the way of coral formations here, but that is not why divers flock here from around the world. Galapagos marine life encounters include countless large pelagic species, some of which congregate here by the thousands. The best way to dive here is by liveaboard, which will allow you to experience all that these magnificent islands have to offer. Liveaboard trips are usually one week in length and book up fast, so plan well in advance.
The extraordinary Galapagos marine life is what puts this dive destination at the top of every diver’s list. These volcanic islands feature many endemic species, including the marine iguana, flightless cormorant, and Galapagos fur seal. Divers will be awe-struck as they swim amongst hundreds of schooling hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, and whale sharks. Other frequent sightings include green sea turtles, mobula rays, manta rays, spotted eagle rays, marble rays, white-tip reef sharks, silky sharks, and huge schools fish like tuna, butterflyfish, surgeon, and grunts. You can also see seahorses, dolphins, humpback whales, sea lions, and penguins. The list goes on and on. Come dive here and see for yourself!