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Diving in Galapagos Islands is one of the most rewarding aquatic experiences that you can enjoy.


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Within the many wonders of our world, our oceans and seas have been the least explored.

The Galapagos Islands, and its Marine Reserve (largest one in America), declared World Heritage Site in 2001, await the arrival of more visitors in the coming years.

In Galapagos, not only land visitor sites can be explored, but also their waters, and more so their submarine highlights.

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There is no other better time in the Galapagos Islands, that when the ocean currents mix, and the seasons change.

Better yet, when we are near the peak of the Hot Season (January to July) where tropical temperatures and great visibility, dominate the dive sites of the Marine Reserve. Certainly, a fascinating place for scuba diving in Galapagos.

But, of course, what are the benefits of diving in Galapagos? Here's a list of the most tangible benefits:

  • These Islands are part of the Galapagos Marine Reserve This guarantees visitors that the diving is done in a protected area of the country.Thus, divers find no evidence of high environmental impact.
  • The diversity of species in the same dive site.
  • Endemism (uniqueness) of about 20% of what divers see.
  • No more than 30,000 divers per year.
  • Number One place in the Pacific Ocean where divers will plan a return trip.
  • Dive among penguins, sea turtles, seals and more exciting marine wildlife in Galapagos.

To feel the true essence of diving in Galapagos, you don't need previous experience, nor your own equipment, since it is all provided by most tour operators in the Islands.

This short course includes theoretical and practical activities explaining the technical implications of diving in the Islands.

Then you are ready to test the equipment... and in a matter of minutes you'll be exploring the amazing aquatic world of the Galapagos Islands.

You'll be diving always surrounded by friendly hammerhead sharks, rays, angel fishes, sea lions. Also dive among parrot fishes, sea turtles, jacks, eels, groupers, scorpion fish and reef sharks.

And of course the always attractive invertebrates, and a variety of marine birds, that make these wonderful Islands a world to be discovered.

The waters of these Islands are cool, and diving in Galapagos is for the wildlife lover.

For the photographer, the Galapagos Islands provide as many surprises as it does on land.

The sharks are friendly, playful sea lions, you can also observe penguins diving with marine iguanas. It's just lovely...

What are the Current Options for Diving in Galapagos?

  • Scuba diving (ships) available with Metropolitan Touring's voyages when visiting Santa Cruz Island or as pre/post tour options.
  • Land based or Diving Tours are available at Finch Bay Galapagos Islands Hotel with rewarding packages.
  • Open Water Scuba Diving Certification available at this hotel.
  • Continuous Education (Advanced, Rescue, EFR, etc) upon request

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides). Click to order from Amazon

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. Click to order from Amazon

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. Click to order from Amazon

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. Click to order from Amazon

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. Click to order from Amazon

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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If you have questions about Diving in Galapagos, or if you'd like to request more information about our recommended Galapagos Diving Tours to explore these Islands, You can Contact us here

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