Scuba Diving in the Galapagos Islands

Diving in The Galapagos

Where and How to Dive

Some of the World's Best Scuba Diving

The Galapagos Islands have to be one of the most treasured diving spots in the world and are on any serious diver’s must see list. The stunning diversity in marine life and unique underwater environments draw some of the most dedicated divers from around the world year after year. The warm tropical currents from the south and cold waters from the north both sweep into the islands to create an exciting natural diversity like no other.

Due to the nature of the Galapagos, only experienced and certified divers get the chance to dive here. The waters can reach a depth of up to 3000m, the cooler waters, strong currents and surges all contribute to some challenging dives but this just makes the adventure even more rewarding.

Top Galapagos Diving Spots

Wolf Island: The island is named after Theodoro Wolf who pin-pointed the centre of the earth, according to latitude and longitude, in Quito. Landing is prohibited on this triangular shaped island formed by an extinct volcano but it is an absolute must for live-aboard trips with its three fantastic dive-sites. Dolphins are likely to escort you to your anchoring spot and eagle rays, sharks, sea lions and turtles will be waiting to welcome you to their waters.

Darwin Island: Travel about 2 hours north of Wolf and you find Darwin. Here, the highlight and main dive spot is the huge submerged ledge north of the island’s famous arch. Darwin is also known as the whale shark capital and as the best big animal diving site you can experience.

Gordon Rocks: Just off the east coast of Santa Cruz lies Gordon Rocks which is a must see for the hammerheads alone, but as a bonus there are also a huge variety of fish, turtles, sharks, sea lions and much more to be enjoyed. This world renowned dive site concentrates on it’s impressive tuff cone and it’s underwater pinnacles. Locals call it the ‘washing machine’ due to its strong currents and surges so it’s strictly for intermediate to advanced divers only.

Land or Live-Aboard Diving?

You can either join a live-aboard for the ultimate experience and cruise with other divers to the more remote islands and dive spots or have a land based holiday where you stay on one of the main islands and take diving day trips. We’d recommend you go for the cruise as it seems a shame to go all that way and miss out but if you are stretched for time then basing yourself at a hotel will also deliver and whichever option you choose we can guarantee these will be dives you will never forget.

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