Galapagos Islands Snorkeling

Galapagos Islands Snorkeling is one of the most gratifying ways to get to know the marine realm of this Archipelago.


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The diverse snorkeling sites of these Islands are remarkably unique.

All the Islands that compose this Archipelago are located in different marine sub-provinces, and that's why the snorkeling experience varies a lot from site to site.

You will be able to do snorkeling almost every day.

Galapagos has over 35 snorkeling sites that are part of the Galapagos Marine Reserve and all require different levels of expertise. If you have never snorkeled before, then the Galapagos Islands will be an out-of-the-ordinary start.

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Sea lions will get close to you in a playful and make all kinds of movements around you, almost touching you when they swim by your side.

Tropical fish of all kinds and colors inhabit the waters of Galapagos, sharing their environment with lobsters, corals, anemones, seaweed and sea stars that fill with life and color this exotic underwater world.

Galapagos Islands snorkeling is an extraordinary experience, and swimming close to sea turtles, sharks, sea lions, manta rays, and dozens of other tropical fish is one of the most memorable experiences you will enjoy during your visit.

During the period between June to December, however, the water temperature can get a bit cold, so make sure you bring a wet suit if you tend to get cold, or you can rent them on your boat or in any Island you visit.

Galapagos Islands Snorkeling Sites

  • Turtle Islet Gardner Bay in Espanola Island
  • Cliffs of Darwin Bay in Genovesa Island
  • Champion Islet in Floreana Island
  • Galapagos Pinnacle Rock in Bartolome Island
  • Punta Vicente Roca in Isabela Island
  • Northern Channel in North Seymour Island
  • Puerto Egas in Santiago Island
  • The Devil's Crown, a submerged volcano in Darwin Island

Some of the best Galapagos Islands snorkeling sites are accessible right off the beach, others can be reached when you start your snorkeling from the beach.

And some other sites are only accessible by boat where you have to jump in the water (wet landing) and then return to the boat with the help of a ladder.

Keep in mind that any month of the year is worth visiting the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos Marine Life Encounters:

You will snorkel next to white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, manta rays, tropical penguins, sea turtles, Galapagos sharks, schooling fish, hammerhead sharks, Reef fish and much more.

The Galapagos snorkeling sites have a varied underwater topography so the marine fauna will never be repetitive.

Imagine yourself snorkeling with Penguins by your side, or next to manta rays passing you by. Sea turtles will also come near you observing your moves, all this coupled with thousands of colorful fish schools surrounding you all the time.

Galapagos Islands snorkeling is an activity not to be missed during your next Galapagos Islands Holidays

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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