The Galapagos islands are situated on the equator over 500 miles off the coast of Ecuador (of which they are a province). The islands are volcanic and their distance to the main land gave species the option to evolve far away from similar species on the main land of South America. The islands are on at the crossroads of three different currents bringing in lots of nutrients and with that lots of marine animal life! The waters surrounding the islands of Wolf and Darwin are considered two of the best dive sites in the world! Diving near Wolf means seeing large pelagics, like hammerheads, white tips and Galapagos sharks. You’ll also keep an eye out for red-lipped bat fish, barracuda, moray eels and dolphins.
At Darwin we will be diving “Darwin’s Arch”, an amazing drift dive along the wall at only about 30 ft. Medium to strong currents can be expected, but bring hammerheads, black tips, silky sharks and Galapagos sharks in large numbers! Schools of jacks are common here, along with turtles, angelfish and moray eels.
On the northwest point of Fernandina island we will be diving with marine iguanas (!), the only iguanas in the world that go in the ocean to feed on algae. But there is more to see, sea lions, fur seals and penguins inhabit the same waters around Fernandina island. Off of Isabela island we may be able to spot the elusive Mola Mola (sunfish). The shallow reef on the west side of Isabela island will give us the opportunity to see smaller animals, like frogfish, octopus, nudibranchs and flatworms. Cousin’s rock at Santiago island is formed of coral covered rock and lava flow. Here, corals and sponges encrust ledges and overhangs and shelter more small critters, like hawkfish, nudibranchs and seahorses. Off the wall you may see giant manta rays, mobula rays, and hammerhead sharks and as you ascent to the top of the wall you can end your dive playing with sea lions at only 10 ft below the surface!
We have chosen the warmer season with the higher water temperatures which means we will be seeing water temperatures ranging from 70-86 F. This is the season for sightings of giant manta rays, mobula and cow nose rays along with schooling hammerhead sharks. Suitable thermal protection will be necessary as we will see water temperatures at both extremes of the temperature range. Near Wolf and Darwin the water will be warmer and the more southern islands will have water temperatures in the low 70s. At many sites currents can be strong and visibility may diminish due to currents and influx of nutrients. Therefore, diving in the Galapagos can be challenging, even for the experienced diver, and as such it is highly recommended that divers have training beyond beginner level and a minimum experience of 50 dives, preferably in similar conditions.
Included in your Dive Vacations
• 10 nights aboard the M/V Galapagos Master
• 27-30 Dives
• Minimum of 2 Land Excursions
• Meals and non-alcoholic drinks
• Airport Transfers between the M/V Galapagos Master and San Cristobal Airportw
• Additional hotel nights in Ecuador
• Galapagos National Park Tax - $100
• Hyperbaric Chamber Fee - $35
• Mandatory Dive Insurance
• Highly Recommended Travel Insurance
Space is limited! Don’t miss out on the adventure of a life time at this UNESCO World Heritage site!
$7,075 p.p. Lower Deck
$7,225 p.p. Upper Deck
*Deposit Required to hold spot