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Galapagos Diving Guide: All you need to know

Diving in Galapagos is a unique experience that attracts enthusiasts from all over the world. This archipelago of Ecuador¿, located in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, is known for its impressive biodiversity and crystal clear waters, making it one of the most desired diving destinations on the planet.

Bucear en Galápagos es una experiencia única que atrae a aficionados de todo el mundo. Este archipiélago de Ecuador¿, situado en el corazón del océano Pacífico, es conocido por su impresionante biodiversidad y sus aguas cristalinas, que lo convierten en uno de los destinos de buceo más deseados del planeta.

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Galapagos Diving Tours

There are many diving tours in Galapagos that give you the opportunity to travel and get to know the islands while diving. Our recommendation is to take a diving cruises You will be able to visit many islands in the archipelago and at the same time you will have the opportunity to dive in environments where other tourists cannot dive frequently.

The following is a list of cruises that are ideal for diving in the Galapagos:

Galaxy Diver II Cruise

This cruise allows you to go on a diving expedition in the Galapagos Islands where you will visit Santa Cruz, Santiago, Rábida, Fernandina, Isabela, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Seymour and other islands. The Galaxy Diver Cruise has a duration of 8 days and is completely designed to be a diving cruise in the Galapagos.


Aqua Galapagos Cruise

Cruise Aqua Galápagos San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina and Wolf Islands. This cruise gives you the experience of diving with sea turtles in the Galapagos Islands. It has a duration of 8 days and includes all the recreational activities to know the islands while you dive in different points of Galapagos.

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Aqua Galapagos Cruise

What fish can I see diving in Galapagos?

Diving in Galapagos gives you the opportunity to encounter an amazing variety of fish and marine life. Some of the most outstanding species you can observe include:

  1. Hammerhead Sharks:Hammerhead sharks are one of the most exciting attractions in Galapagos. You can see them in dive sites like Darwin and Wolf, where they swim in impressive groups.
  2. Galapagos whitetip sharks: These sharks are common in Galapagos waters and are easy to spot while diving.
  3. Whale Sharks: These huge sharks, despite their size, are gentle and harmless creatures. They are an impressive sight for lucky divers.
  4. Rays: Giant manta rays are majestic and elegant. You can find them in dive sites like Gordon Rocks.
  5. Galapagos snapper fish: These brightly colored fish are common in Galapagos waters and add a splash of color to your dives.
  6. Sea turtles: Galapagos waters are home to several species of sea turtles, such as green turtles and giant tortoises.
  7. Marine Iguanas: Galápagos es el único lugar en la Tierra donde puedes encontrar iguanas marinas nadando y alimentándose bajo el agua.
  8. Dolphins: Dolphins, such as spotted dolphins, are common in the region and often join the boats and divers.
  9. Parrotfish: Colorful parrotfish are a common sight in the coral reefs of Galapagos.
  10. Clownfish: Also known as anemone fish, they are known for their symbiotic relationship with anemones and are seen in various dive sites.

What is needed to dive in Galapagos?

Diving in Galapagos is an exciting experience, but requires proper planning and preparation due to the uniqueness of this region and the need to preserve its fragile ecosystem. Here is a list of what you need to dive in Galapagos:

  1. Diving certification: To dive in Galapagos, you must be a certified diver. Be sure to bring your certification card (e.g. PADI, NAUI, SSI) as proof of your experience and skills. You can also do it with the support of an exert
  2. Diving Equipment: If you have your own diving equipment, it is advisable to bring it with you. However, many dive operators in Galapagos offer equipment rental if you need it. Be sure to bring or rent a wetsuit, life jacket, regulator, mask, snorkel and fins.
  3. Adequate clothing: In addition to the wetsuit, it is important to wear comfortable clothing suitable for the weather. Sun protection, a hat and sunglasses are essential due to the strong equatorial sun.
  4. Medical certificate:: Some operators may require a medical certificate attesting to your ability to dive. Be sure to check the health requirements in advance.
  5. Diving insurance: Consider purchasing dive insurance to cover any medical emergency or evacuation in case of an accident.
  6. Diving bookings: Diving in Galapagos: Since the demand for diving in Galapagos is high, especially in the most popular sites, it is advisable to make reservations in advance, preferably before your trip.
  7. Comply local regulations:: Respect all the diving regulations in Galapagossuch as not touching marine life or collecting specimens. These rules are intended to protect the region's fragile ecosystem.
  8. Environmental awareness: Before diving in Galapagos, learn about responsible and sustainable behavior guidelines while underwater and on land. Respect for wildlife and the natural environment is fundamental.
  9. Diving guide: It is recommended to dive with certified local guides who know well the dive sites and marine life of the region. They can enhance your experience and guarantee your safety.

Diving in Galapagos can be the best experience but you should be accompanied by experts or a diving cruise to make your experience pleasant and safe.

What is the best time to dive in Galapagos?

The best time to dive in Galapagos is during the warm and humid season, which runs from December to May. During this period, the waters are warmer, visibility is excellent and marine life is abundant, with the possibility of spotting hammerhead sharks, manta rays and sea turtles. In addition, it is the nesting season for sea turtles and breeding seabirds, which adds a special component to your diving experience.

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