Scuba Diving Vacations in Galapagos

Scuba diving vacations in the Galapagos Islands are perfect for the adventure seekers and nature lovers.


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Galapagos is famous for its encounters with the big animals, and not only for its crystal-clear waters or numerous colorful Galapagos fish

Some of the underwater encounters, to name a few, include rays, angel fishes, sea lions, parrot fishes, hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, jacks, eels,

groupers, scorpion fish, reef sharks, and the always attractive invertebrates that make the Galapagos Islands a world to be discovered. 

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Subaqua, is the most successful local dive operator for Galapagos scuba diving vacation programs.

Subaqua's experience rates high in critical areas such as safety, service, knowledge, equipment and support.

Their day-trip dive boats will allow divers to reach dive sites efficiently, and while on board, divers receive full details regarding dive conditions and share the Galapagos Diving experience.

Galapagos Scuba Diving Vacations Sites:

Academy Bay

Academy Bay is a short 2,5 mile navigation from the dive center. This area is great for introductory diving, beginners and intermediate divers.

It is recommended that each person spend a minimum of 1 day diving Academy Bay to get acclimated to Galapagos waters, wet suit and the visibility. The Academy Bay area is easier diving with very little current.

The following are some of the most important sites to get the most out of your scuba diving vacations in Galapagos:

Punta Estrada

Sea turtle canyon in Academy Bay. Invertebrates, tropical fish, stingrays, green sea turtles with possible encounters with golden rays and some white-tip reef sharks. There are many interesting geological formations.

Caamaño Islet

Offers a chance to swim and play with friendly sea lions, many tropical fish and a few marine iguanas.

Punta Nuñez Cliffs

Wall diving with a cave. At this site you can see turtles, stingrays and tropical fish.

El Bajo Solmar

This submerged shoal at Academy Bay has an impressive amount of fish, white-tip reef sharks, morays, invertebrates, caverns, eagle rays, stingrays, turtles and sea fans. This is a great diving site for intermediate as well as experienced divers.

Outside Academy Bay

Scuba diving vacations sites outside Academy Bay have a navigation distance of between 20 and 38 miles. The approximate travel time is 1 hour to each site.

These areas are spectacular sites representing world-class diving and are for intermediate to experienced divers.

Floreana Island

In Floreana Island there is Enderby Islet, Punta Ayora, Champion Islet and Devil's Crown.

At these dive sites you will experience close contact with sea lions, exotic fish, thousands of tropical fish, barracudas, black coral, White Tipped Sharks and Galapagos sharks, moray eels, some hammerheads and eagle rays.

You will have an excellent opportunity for dolphin-watching during the boat trip to and from Floreana Island.

You will also enjoy some sightseeing by boat of the local marine and bird life, such as sea lions, blue footed boobies, frigate bird, penguins, marine iguanas, etc.

Gordon Rocks

Here you will experience diving with turtles, big fish, hundreds of tropical fishes, Hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos sharks, large morays, spotted eagle rays, golden and stingrays as well as Fur Sea Lions

Gordon Rocks is the best Galapagos scuba diving site for experienced divers.

North Seymour

Schools of hammerheads, loads of snappers and other fish, turtles, morays, manta rays and white-tip reef sharks.

Cousins Rock

An intermediate dive combination of shoal and wall diving with sea lions, large amount of fish, white-tip reef sharks, hammerheads, eagle rays and manta rays. There is a breathtaking vertical wall with a profusion of black corals and other invertebrates.

Bartolome Island

Stingrays, turtles, white-tip reef sharks, plenty of fish, invertebrates and interesting rock formation with crevices. This dive site is always combined with diving in Cousins Rock. During the surface interval between Cousins and Bartolome you can snorkel to look for Galapagos Penguins

Daphne Minor Islet

Wall diving with morays, white-tip reef sharks, eagle rays, sting rays, sea lions, cave diving, invertebrates, hammerheads, turtles, black corals and hundred of fishes. The Galapagos Marine Life here is just amazing!

Santa Fe

Easy diving with little current. Similar to Academy Bay. Expect sea turtles, marbled stingrays, angel fishes, parrot fishes, sea lions, and regular encounters with white-tip reef sharks.

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