Scuba Diving Vacations In The Galapagos

A spectacular example of evolution, scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands cannot be duplicated nor replicated. Diving the incredible water surrounding the 120 islands that make up the area known as the Galapagos is a showcase of the rainbow of marine life that lies beneath the ocean’s surface. The scuba diving vacations Galapagos offers ensure you are immersed in the full diving experience.

Located 1,000 kilometers from the Ecuadorian Coast, the Galapagos Islands, and the marine life that surrounds them, have been protected for many years. This creation of a protective reserve has allowed the ecosystem to flourish. The natural habitat is vibrant and healthy, offering opportunity for the full cycle of life to play out. The islands are perfectly situated to be at the epicenter of sea water confluence. Within this specific section of the world three different ocean currents come together to create the perfect storm of nutrients to allow a literal plethora of species to flourish. The combination of a rich food source as well as the island’s isolation has given chance for the development of unique underwater and land animals that make for an amazing scuba diving vacation.

Under water the world is diverse in species. From bizarrely shaped scalloped hammerhead sharks sweeping their wide heads back and forth as they patrol to magnificent manta rays opening their mouths wide as they masterfully scoop up huge quantities of plankton, diving in the Galapagos is like taking a journey in a time machine. There are certain species that seemingly stepped straight from prehistoric times and others that appear to be so alien that they could have been created on some far-flung planet.

Galapagos liveaboards are an exceptional way to take full advantage of coming face to face with the spectacular array of animal and plant species, many found nowhere else in the world. Penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions, golden rays, mantas and turtles are just of a fraction of the marine creatures you’ll see at dive sites off Seymour, Santiago, Santa Cruz, Darwin and Wolf Islands. The Galapagos are also known for pelagics such as schooling scalloped hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks and whale sharks. Short-finned pilot whale, humpback whales and sperm whales are also regularly sighted.

Galapagos diving is a scuba vacation that requires know-how. The scuba diving vacations Galapagos cater to divers of with some experience. We are experienced in helping you create a diving trip that is custom fit to your diving needs. As there are challenging scuba conditions in the Galapagos region due to the strong currents and changing water temperatures, it is vital to work with a reputable company like Scuba Dive Asia. We are here to make certain that your Galapagos scuba diving vacation is a joyful memory for years to come.

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Visa  

No prior visa is required to enter. Required is a valid return air ticket to a destination where the passenger has permission to enter. Passports must be valid for six months from your date of arrival in the country.
Spanish and English
GMT -5 / -6
The official currency is the United States Dollar, US$. Major credit/debit cards are accepted in most businesses. ATMs are available at most banks in urban areas. On the Galapagos Islands, currently only Mastercard is accepted. Dirty or torn notes will not be accepted.
December to May is warm and wet, June to December is cool and dry.
Check with your embassy or consulate, as well as with a knowledgeable doctor, for detailed information on current health issues. Medical facilities outside the major towns are limited. Acute surgical and cardiac services are not available on the Galapagos Islands.
110 - 120 volts AC, 60Hz. US-style two-pin plugs are in use.
There is a departure tax of US$26

Where Is The Galapagos?


Water temperature
17 – 28 °C / 63 – 83 °F

Visibility
10 – 25 meters / 30 – 80ft

Wetsuit
5mm / 7mm / semi-dry

Best time to travel
Year round

Recommended dive sites
Wolf Island, Darwin Island, Cousins Rock

Above water activities
Galapagos Interpretation Center
Charles Darwin Research Station
Snorkel with penguins