Snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands

Snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands during the Hot Season (from December to May) is the most rewarding adventure.

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Of course, throughout the year you can do so, but it is now when the best conditions come together: balmy water temperatures, and high visibility.

Most tours and cruise ships carry snorkeling equipment that will make your underwater discovery easier to accomplish.

Guests who wish to bring their own equipment are more than welcome to do so. Children equipment is also available, although, because of kids' preferences, most parents rather bring their equipment too.

Either way is fine, the decision is up to you. Naturally, prescription masks are not available.

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Snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands (Basic Equipment)

I consider basic equipment all that allows you to enjoy the underwater world. Therefore, you decide how basic you want to be.

The less you have the more basic you will be. For example a simple list should include the following equipment:

  • Mask and Snorkel (4) (Make sure you have a tempered glass mask and the simplest silicone snorkel available)
  • Fins (For snorkeling easier to deal with full footed fins (1). The open heel fin (2) is designed mainly for scuba divers where your foot goes in a booty first, and then in the fin)
  • Snorkeling vest (5) (This is only a flotation device; don’t think wearing one automatically makes you a good snorkeler! You’ll be a great floater)
  • (3) Mesh bag (It allows you to carry all your gear in an organized way. Great for kids!)
  • Wet suit: To be used mainly in the Dry Season when the waters are cooler. A wet suit provides added comfort for staying in the water longer periods. If you have a tendency to get cold easily, then a wet suit is a must
  • Underwater camera (6) (Great for documenting your underwater experience. Many models are available now. The amount of money spent should match the quality of pictures you get)
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Enjoy snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands, it is the largest Marine Reserve in America, and the only tropical location where sea lions, tropical fishes and penguins ever meet!

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading! There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers. Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in. Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier. But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you. Small, well-priced, and reliable!

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table. This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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