I recently discussed my most recent trip to the Galapagos Islands with friends while at a liveaboard in komodo. And despite the fact that it’s one of the most amazing places you can imagine, I always get asked, “Where are the Galapagos?” The questioner’s eyes light up with recognition when I bring up Charles Darwin and enormous tortoises.
The second response, though, is that 90% of the time it comes before a terrific chat about diving. I’ve been longing to go there. What is it about divers that they are more knowledgeable about the Galapagos than the typical person?
There are several reasons for this, including the fact that it is the second-largest marine reserve in the world, UNESCO has designated it a world heritage site, and Rodale’s Scuba Diving Magazine constantly rates it as one of the top dive destinations in the world.
The Galapagos is a national park, wildlife sanctuary, and one of the cleanest places on earth. It is one of the few locations where you can get near to wild creatures.
A special ecosystem is created here on the equator at the confluence of currents, where the icy waters coming from Antarctica and the warm tropical waters coming from Panama combine. On the islands, it is typical to witness Galapagos Penguins coexisting with tropical Pink Flamingos just a few feet away. However, it is only until you are underwater that you realize how genuinely unique this location is.
The volcanic islands of the Galapagos benefit from equatorial upwelling, creating the perfect marine habitat. These waters are nutrient-rich. Small fish can find the protection they would otherwise need from a coral reef, which is rare in these waters, thanks to the porous lava rocks.
These elements work together to make diving in the Galapagos Islands a fantastic experience. Galapagos is the place where diving with creatures like whale sharks, hammerheads, huge manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles, yellow fin tuna, Galapagos sharks, almaco jacks, bacalo, leather bass, and sea lions is not only a dream but a reality.
A few different arrangements can be made for scuba diving in the Galapagos. There are only a few ships that offer 7-night live-aboard cruises for advanced divers. The three days spent liveaboard in komodoat Wolf and Darwin are the highlight of these cruises. This is a spectacular adventure that involves diving with whale sharks, schools of hammerhead sharks, Galapagos, silky, and black tip sharks between the months of June and November.
Galapagos doesn’t simply appeal to experienced divers; all levels of divers can find something to enjoy in these waters. Daily dive expeditions to locations like Gordon Rocks, Cousins Rocks, North Seymour, and Floreana, where hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, gigantic manta rays, golden rays, morays, fur seals, and sea lions are frequently sighted, will excite intermediate divers. With the recent advent of dive schools, the Galapagos Islands have become the ideal location for beginners to complete their open-water training or obtain their certification in the safe waters of Academy Bay and Santa Fe.