Diving the Galapagos can be challenging, but the rewards are great.
Your underwater adventures in the Galapagos will encompass everything from sharks to nudibranchs and more. The islands are best known for amazing shark diving around Wolf and Darwin islands. Your scuba diving experience here will generally include Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, and plenty of schooling hammerheads being cleaned by king angelfish. Macro photographers will get their fill of sea horses, barnacle blennies, coral hawk fish, and many others. Many of the dive sites feature an abundance of rays, including spotted rays, marble rays, golden rays and stingrays, along with sea lions, sea turtles, schools of grunts, and snappers.
These small, remote islands are best reached by liveaboard diving boats. One major advantage of diving the Galapagos via a liveaboard dive boat is the fact that you get to combine a terrestrial tour with an underwater tour. Most diving liveaboards in the Galapagos offer a mixed daily schedule and visit two islands a day.
When to Go
You can dive the Galapagos all year-round because of the tropical climate. However, dive between February and May to avoid the tourist crowds.
Expect a visibility of 50-80 feet in most of places with an average water temperature of 68°F-72°F.