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Dive Locations

9 recommended locations:

Galapagos Islands

Their radiant fish and bizarre animals make the Galapagos a world-class diving and wildlife destination. Fed by nutrient rich waters from the tropical Pacific Ocean, the magical marine life enchants and fascinates in equal measure.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, Galapagos shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, giant oceanic manta ray, Galapagos penguin
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Singles diving, Group diving, Shark diving, Hammerhead shark, Whale shark, Manta ray

Wolf & Darwin Islands

Located 14 hours north of the main group of islands, Wolf and Darwin are reached by liveaboard and are a magnet for divers, with warm water species seen nowhere else in the archipelago. Whale sharks are common Jun-Nov, and hammerheads also frequently seen.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, Galapagos shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, giant oceanic manta ray, spotted eagle ray
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Shark diving, Whale shark, Manta ray

Floreana

Home to the first inhabitants in the archipelago, Floreana provides nesting areas for tropical birds, as well as colourful beaches, panoramic views and exciting dive sites. The submerged crater of Devil’s Crown is one of the best snorkelling sites in the Galapagos.

  • Ideal for viewing: marine iguana, green turtle
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Snorkelling

Isabela

Shaped like a seahorse, Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos, and one of the most volcanically active places on earth. Surrounded by stunning turquoise waters, turtles, sea lions, whales and Galapagos penguins are common sightings.

  • Ideal for viewing: Galapagos giant tortoise, marine iguana, Galapagos penguin, humpback whale
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving

San Cristobal

The most easterly island in the Galapagos, San Cristobal is where Charles Darwin set foot in 1835. Today it has plenty to offer its visitors both topside and underwater - from interpretation centres and wildlife reserves to check-out dive sites with playful sea lions.

  • Ideal for viewing: manta ray, Galapagos shark
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving

Santa Cruz

The rocky coastline and mangrove lined inlets of Santa Cruz Island are ideal for divers to spot sea turtles, sharks and rays. Home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, there are also healthy populations of tortoises, land and marine iguanas and birds.

  • Ideal for viewing: marine iguana, Galapagos giant tortoise, white-tip reef shark, Galapagos shark
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving

Ecuadorian Amazon

Those looking for a wildlife experience after their dive holiday should head to the vast rainforest of the Amazon. Home to an astonishing array of mammals and birds, there are a network of rivers and lakes to explore by boat or canoe.

  • Excellent for: Wildlife

Otavalo

Located two hours north of Quito, the charming town of Otavalo makes a great day trip or overnight stay. It offers some beautiful lakes and mountains, and colourful indigenous communities with a way of life that has changed little for hundreds of years.

  • Excellent for: History & culture

Quito

Most itineraries allow some time in Ecuador’s capital, which was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city. Today, Quito’s atmospheric old town is perhaps the least altered historic centre in the whole of Latin America.

  • Excellent for: City stopover

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Dive trips

The most iconic dive sites of the Galapagos can only be reached by liveaboard, promising excitement, adventurous dives, and unique wildlife experiences. Island hopping combines magical topside wildlife with more exceptional diving.
2 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Galapagos Liveaboard

Exclusive departures in 2018 & 2019

The Galapagos Islands are a must for all experienced divers. Encounter silky, Galapagos, hammerhead and whale sharks from the comfort of a liveaboard, and come face to face with unique wildlife topside.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,745 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Galapagos Islands Dive Adventure

Discover the Galapagos on this seven night adventure. Based at comfortable lodges on Santa Cruz and Isabela. Diving highlights include rays, sharks and sea lions, before getting up close to giant tortoises on land.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,765 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

When to go

The high season for divers in the Galapagos coincides with the arrival of whale sharks.

Seasons

  • Wet season

    Dec to May: December to May is the wet season, when the waters are calmer and warmer.
  • Dry season

    Jun to Nov: The dry season in the Galapagos runs from May to November. July to October can be windy and choppy.

Wildlife events

  • Jun to Nov: Start of the prime whale shark viewing season in the Galapagos
  • Dec to May: Manta and mobula rays can be encountered in large numbers in the wet season
  • Jan: Green turtles arrive to lay their eggs
  • Aug: Galapagos sealions begin to give birth
  • Sep: Galapagos penguins are at their most active on Bartolome
  • Dec: Green turtles begin their mating display
  • Jan to May: Hammerhead sharks are seen year round but 'walls' of hundreds of individuals are encountered during the manta season

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