Snorkeling Adventure Sites in Galapagos

Discover the best Snorkeling Adventure sites in Galapagos. Enjoy the wonderful and rich marine life of these Islands


Snorkeling is one of the most rewarding ways to get to know the marine realm (try diving or DSD sometime, though) of the Galapagos Islands. The varied snorkeling sites of these Islands are remarkably unique.

Unlike in the Caribbean Islands, Galapagos snorkeling adventure sites have an underwater topography so varied, that the marine fauna will never be repetitive.

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Also, all Galapagos Islands are located in different marine sub-provinces, and thus, the snorkeling adventure experience varies a lot from site to site.

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

For a great snorkeling adventure, these are not-to-be missed sites in the Galapagos Islands:

Name of Site Galapagos Island Encounters with:
Turtle Islet-Gardner Bay Espanola (Hood) White-tip reef sharks
Champion Islet Floreana (Charles) Sea turtles, sea lions, rays
Punta Vicente Roca Isabela (Albemarle) Invertebrates, penguins, sea turtles
Northern Channel North Seymour Sharks, schooling fish, rays
Cliffs of Darwin Bay Genovesa (Tower) Possibly hammerhead sharks
The Pinnacle Bartolome Penguins, sea lions, sea turtles
Puerto Egas Santiago (James) Reef fish, rays, sea lions

Of course, most snorkeling sites in Galapagos will give snorkelers a chance to view the unique marine fauna of the Archipelago.

But make sure your trip to the Islands include the majority of the sites mentioned above.

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

And other sites are only accessible by boat where you have to jump in the water, 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.

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But if you still want to ask: when is the best time to visit Galapagos?

Then I can suggest a period of time from December to June when the Islands turn very interesting due to the mixing of natural events happening all at once.

During this period of time the weather turns warmer and also most animals in the Galapagos Wildlife start their breeding season and reproduce extensively.

It is also a great time for birdwatching the beautiful and colorful birds of Galapagos. Always remember the two different seasons that Galapagos faces throughout the year. See Galapagos Weather

Traveling well prepared should be an essential part of your trip to the enchanted Islands of Galapagos. Read these Galapagos Vacations Tips

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 the Snorkeling Adventure in Galapagos, You can post them on our Galapagos FAQ Page and if you'd like to request more information about our recommended Galapagos Vacation Packages to visit this Archipelago, You can Contact us here

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