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.

Manta season
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.