The Galapagos Isles are consistently voted year after year as one of the best dive spots in the world, and for good reason. Being one of the few places in the world where an entire archipelago is free of commercial fishing, the Galapagos offers divers a clean and pristine marine habitat full of an oustanding variety of sea-life. The surrounding waters of the Galapagos Archipelago make up a marine reserve second in size only to Australia´s Great Barrier Reef, and sits on a convergence of 5 different warm and cold currents, allowing both warm and cold water species to be found within its waters. Roughly 500 species of fish call the Galapagos home, along with sea lions, sting rays, golden rays, eagle rays, invertebrates, morays, garden eels, turtles, marine iguanas, white tip reef sharks, hammerheads, whale sharks, whales, dolphins, and sea turtles. All of these factors make diving in the Galapagos an extraodinary and truly amazing experience cherished by those who are lucky enough to take part in it.
There are two ways to go about scuba diving in the Galapagos. The first, which is the most popular option, is to do so while onboard a cruise ship; however, keep in mind while choosing your yacht that not all boats provide scuba diving, and be sure to tell your cruise provider that you are interested in going scuba diving beforehand.
A new option is to dive in the Galapagos is through land-based dive tours. Through this option divers stay at hotels at night and perform dive excursions during the day. Divers are able to to choose from a variety of different options (depending on the tour provider), depending on how many days/dives they desire, and how many islands they would like to visit.
The Galapagos Isles