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Whether you are a newbie or an avid diver, diving in Galapagos something that you should try at least once in your lifetime. The Galapagos Archipelago has some of the most sought-after diving seascapes of extinct volcanic craters, walls, ledges, and amazing reefs, not to forget awe-inspiring sinkholes. All these diving hotspots are teeming with marine wildlife, include large schools of sharks, eels, rays, turtles, marine iguanas, crabs, sea lions, and much more in between.
If you are planning to dive in the Galapagos Islands, be sure to check out diving tips for the world’s best diving destination.
Diving Planning Tips
- While the Galapagos Islands provide diving for every level of skill and experience, it’s crucial to note that some of the most popular sites are not for the rookies.
- Qualifications – Have your PADI Open Water Diving Certificate or similar certification. Higher qualification will get you approved faster.
- Accommodation – you can stay at a local hotel (there plenty of nice and affordable ones) or bunk up on a dedicated liveaboard.
When is the best time to Dive in the Galapagos?
There are two unique seasons prevalent at Galapagos. The cold season runs from June through November, boating temps between 15°C to 22°C. Unfortunately, the Pacific Ocean waters are a little rough at this time of the year. The warmer season is a wet period from December through May. It’s also the best and the busiest diving season in Galapagos. Marine life seems to cooperate during the warmer season too.
Where to Dive?
For intermediate and beginner divers, Academy Bay in Puerto Ayora, drift dives at North Seymour, diving with sea lions at Champion Island in Floreana, Kicker Rock, Cousins Rock, and Mosquera are recommended.
For advanced level divers, the best and the most challenging dives are available at Gordon Rocks, off the coast northern islands of Wolf and Darwin, as well as Darwin’s Arch.
Additional Essential Diving Tips
Come with gloves
Don’t get me wrong; the gloves are not to prevent you from getting bitten. You have to wear gloves to hold onto the volcanic rocks when the sea currents get a little too rough.
Get a Decent to High-End Camera
A waterproof camera can do just fine, but you have to get ones with video functionality as well as the low light lens. A GoPro camera might sound like a great investment.
Sea surface temperatures at Galapagos can average around 25 degrees so make sure to dress warmly. This way, your body will be ready to take on the dive.