WHY YOU SHOULD GO AND DIVE GALAPAGOS?
One of the best diving in the world!
The Galapagos Islands are located 1,000 km from the South American Pacific coast, in front of the Ecuador to which they belong. Marine Park and World Heritage Site by Unesco, is a must for all divers due to its pelagic and rare marine life which makes the Galapagos Islands so unique. The Humboldt current that carries plankton and nutrients from distant Antarctica, going up the coasts of South America along Chile and Peru, making this sea the richest in life on the planet, here it amalgamates with other currents less cold, but equally rich in nutrients, giving life to a unique ecosystem of enormous wealth. In Galapagos the diver can swim with seals and sea lions, iguanas, penguins, sharks, whale sharks, hammerheads, manta rays and huge schools of tuna.
The absolute must-see islands on a diving cruise are Wolf and Darwin, which offer the best diving for the pelagic. The cruises are 7 nights, include 4 dives per day, 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon, plus two night dives in a week. The water temperature varies according to the season, 18-23ºC - 64-73ºF from July to November, 20-27ºC - 68-80ºF between December and June, termoclines up to 18 degrees can be found throughout the year.
Understanding Galapagos diving season
The Galapagos can be visited all year round, from December to April the water is less cold, the calmer sea, consequently the dives are more pleasant, from July to November the water is colder, in these months it meets more marine life and it is above all the period of the whale sharks. This is considered the high season for diving.
From July to November the underwater season in the Galapagos is known as the whale shark season, due to the well-known and consistent increase in the number of whale sharks which usually decreases during the other seasons in the Galapagos.
The hot season -between December and April-, known instead as the manta season, is also excellent for seeing hammerhead sharks, because sharks tend to climb deep sea walls, creating solid shoals of sharks. To deal with the current, hammerhead sharks must remain waving their tails slowly to maintain their positions.
How to get to the Galapagos Islands
To reach the Galapagos, you need to fly to one of Ecuador's two cities, Quito or Guayaquil, from where you take the flight to the islands. There are no international flights to the Galapagos, the only connections are to and from Ecuador.
Dive cruises in Galapagos Islands
Dive boats operating cruises in Galapagos:
Humboldt Explorer offers a high level of service, thanks to the professionalism of the crew, and the perfect managerial organization. Humboldt has 8 cabins for 16 divers, 6 of the 8 cabins can be set up either with separate beds or with double beds. Restaurant lounge, sundeck, camera room for photographers with private spaces for the storage of video cameras are part of the layout of this fantastic boat.
Galapagos Aggressor III
Galapagos Aggressor has been operating in these islands since 1994, the yacht has 4 cabins with separate beds and 4 cabins with double bed, for a total of 16 passengers. Restaurant lounge, sundeck, spacious diving area and room for photographers.
Tiburon Explorer is the new, elegant and spacious luxury liveaboard in Galapagos Islands. This modern yacht boast 9 staterooms, all with private bathrooms and ocean views. Diving operations are conducted from 2 tenders easily boarded from the dive deck. For divers: large camera table with charging station and individual storage areas.
Cruises and naturalistic stays
In addition to diving, the Galapagos are fantastic for tours or naturalistic cruises, visiting the islands and terrestrial fauna, which includes the huge turtles, iguanas, sea lions and sea lions, and an infinite variety and number of sea birds. The Galapagos were the main source of inspiration for Charles Darwin at the time of elaborating his theory on the evolution of species.
July to November is known as the Whale Shark Season.
The warm season -December to April-, also called the Manta Season.