Scuba Diving in the Galapagos
We offer several ways to experience Galapagos Island scuba diving, a land-based Galapagos tour itinerary or a live aboard Galapagos cruise on the Galapagos Sky. The land-based option is perfect for the occasional scuba diver who is as interested in the creatures on land as those in the sea. Our Galapagos MultiSport land-based tour allows divers the opportunity to substitute the scheduled activities on San Cristobal or Santa Cruz Island for a full day scuba diving excursion. Alternatively, we can add extra days at the end of the Galapagos land tour to scuba dive on one or more days in order to take advantage of the full land based itinerary and diving. We can also arrange a scuba diving focused land based tour at Galapagos Safari Camp. For Galapagos Islands cruise based travelers, please contact us for available diving options. The occasional scuba diver can enjoy the normal land excursions while on a naturalist cruise and extend their stay at a hotel on Santa Cruz Island and sign up for one or more days of scuba dive excursions. This makes for a perfect combination of Galapagos Island scuba diving and land experiences while on a cruise.
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Avid scuba divers will most likely prefer a Galapagos dive cruise. The well-equipped Galapagos Sky features an itinerary geared to maximizing diving opportunities. The scuba-intensive trips feature a ten or thirteen day itinerary, visiting the most remote of the Galapagos Islands, including the islands of Wolf and Darwin where some of the best dive sights are located. On average, two immersions per day are scheduled in the diving itineraries. These are popular trips and departures are limited, so booking well in advance is necessary to ensure the availability during your ideal time.
Galapagos Scuba Diving Seasons
The scuba diving in the Galapagos is truly some of the best in the world and excellent diving is guaranteed year round. Scuba divers are never exactly sure what will happen on any dive, but one can count on unbelievable experiences! Scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands is generally divided into two seasons: whale shark season and manta season. Water temperature and conditions vary considerably by season, and also changes as one moves from island to island, a major contributing factor to the overall density and diversity of marine life.
December through May is warmer and visibility tends to be the best at this time. This time of year, you can expect to see many hammerheads: individuals, small schools, large schools, and even the possibility of running into a solid wall of hammers! There is also a large increase in the number of all types of rays this time of year including manta rays.
Whale Shark Season
June through November is the time of year when whale sharks are present. There are plenty of hammerhead sightings as well during this time of year. For more about Galapagos weather, please read our Galapagos Islands Weather Information.
Prepare Your Diving Vacation to the Galapagos
If planning to dive in the Galapagos, bring your open-water certification card and a recent medical certificate showing you are fit for diving. Divers must be 12 years of age. Although the Galapagos contains some fantastic beginner dive sites, we generally recommend to our clients that they possess at least intermediate diving skills and experience to dive in the Islands. This is because strong currents, surges, sea swells, upwelling and cold waters can occur in some Galapagos locations. Beginners are defined as having logged five to thirty dives; intermediates, thirty to 100; and experienced, over 100. Galapagos dives go no deeper than 100 feet, and no one is allowed to dive alone. Spear fishing is forbidden in the Galapagos Islands.
Currents in the Galapagos are unpredictable, ranging from negligible up to three knots. These, along with such other variables as visibility, temperature and surge, sometimes affect itineraries and exact travel times. If itineraries must be modified or cancelled due to these conditions, it may not be possible to see some species at certain locations.
The nearest hyperbaric chamber is located in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. There is another located at a Navy facility in the Ecuador mainland port city of Guayaquil.
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