The waters of the Galapagos have something in store for divers of all skill levels. Whether you are beginner, intermediate or advanced diver, the Galapagos feature sites where hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, giant manta rays, golden rays, morays, fur seal and sea lions are all commonly seen.
With our land based diving program, you’ll discover some of the best Galapagos diving for a much lower price. Brief trips in small and fast vessels will take you from island to island, and finally to your diving site.
You don’t need to book a live-aboard diving yacht months in advance and expose yourself to seasickness and be confined to a tight space the entire time, not when you can choose your dive destinations through us and create a custom itinerary!
GALAPAGOS DIVE SITES
Considered to be one of the best dive locations in the central islands.
Location: A 90-minute sail south from Puerto Ayora, diving in Floreana is ideal for divers of all levels. There are 3 possible dive sites: Devil’s Crown, Champion Islet and Enderby Islet.
Currents: Usually moderate.
Marine Activity: Sea horses are widely seen along with sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white-tip reef sharks, green turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, barracudas, a variety of invertebrates and hammerheads.
- Devil’s Crown: Getting its name from the exposed rocks that peak out of the water and forms a crown shape, the Devil’s Crown hosts an array of marine life. Keep your eyes open for: blackspot moray, hawkfish, filefish, king angelfish, creolefish, jacks, turtles, octopus, golden eagle rays, hammerheads and whitetips.
- Champion Islet: This is a drift dive accompanied by sea lions and a large number of sea turtles as well. Great for night dives too, where you can encounter sleeping sea turtles, numerous creolefish, bright yellow and orange tubastrea, slipper lobster, red scorpionfish, nudibraches and pufferfish.
- Enderby Islet: Diving on the outer edge of this eroded tuff cone (right where the current hits the reef) provides encounters with manta rays, golden eagle rays, morays, turtles, tunas, hammerheads, whitetips, and Galapagos sharks.
Santa Fe Island:
Location: A one-hour sail from Puerto Ayora. There are three dive sites around Santa Fe island: the Lagoon, La Botella and the Caves (a cavern with a tunnel).
Currents: Excellent visibility, moderate currents, ideal site for beginners as well as for experts.
Marine Activity: You might see stingrays, tortoises, sea lions, the white-tip reef shark and a great variety of tropical fish. There are also small nudibranchs (Tambja mullineri) and hawkfishes as well as small colorful gobies to be found between the rocks.
For Intermediate to Advanced Divers. Requires a minimum of 30 logged dives.
Location: This famous dive site is one of the best to be found among the central islands around Santa Cruz. You’ll dive over remnants of an eroded crater at the top of a tuff cone that stretches out about 100-meters across. It’s situated near the east coast of Santa Cruz Island, with two dive sites located about 45-minutes from Itabaca Channel at the North of Santa Cruz Island.
Currents: Currents can be very strong here, the local name for the dive site is La Lavadora (the washing machine). Since there are often heavy currents (eddies and down currents), swells and surges (especially inside the crater) and the water is very deep. This dive site is not for beginners.
Marine Activity: Good chance of spotting schools of Hammerhead sharks, cleaning stations, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, mobulas rays, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eel, barracudas, variety of invertebrates, amberjacks and pompano, golden cowrays, marlins and green turtles. This is also a good place to observe fur seals underwater.
North Seymour Island:
Location: Located at the north end of Baltra Island, this island has a drop off of more than 3,000 feet (1,000 meters) on its East coast.
Currents: Frequented by strong currents going to the northwest. In the warm season we may find surge and surf in the northeast cliff of the island.
Marine Activity: Rich in diversity of species. Good chance to approach white tip and hammerhead sharks resting in the shallow areas, small mantas, marine turtles, sting rays, eagle rays, triggerfish, colonies of garden eels (at the Channel) and variety of invertebrates. At the Nordeast Cliff – with stronger currents present – you can see groups of Galapagos sharks, hammerheads and occasionally a whale shark or two in transit.
Location: Between North Seymour and Baltra. There are two dive sites here: West Beach and East Mosquera.
Currents: Generally mild. However, the current comes from the east most of the time, and can be quite strong in the channels to the north and south of Mosquera.
Marine Activity: Schools of grunts and snappers, sea lions, sharks, turtles, rays, barracudas, tropical fish. Also, we’ll often see schools of hammerheads, galapagos sharks, big fish, and garden eels.
For Beginners and Intermediates
Location: Located on the southeast of Santiago Island about 1.5 hours from the channel, the site consists of three large, exposed rocks.. The dive begins along an underwater platform and leads up to a sloped wall, covered with black coral and sea fans.
Currents: Normally strong currents are not present. It is a reef dive with many corals and sponges.
Marine Activity: Abundance of fish including grunts, surgeonfish, yellowtail snapper, king angelfish, butterflyfish, creolefish, flag cabrilla, and schools of brown-stripped salema. Moray eels, golden eagle rays, golden cowrays, turtles, hammerheads and Galapagos sharks are frequently sighted.
Location: Lies close to Santiago Island, only separated by the shallow Sullivan Bay.
Currents: Moderate current.
Marine Activity: While diving you will find white-tipped fin sharks, reef fish, barracuda, turtles, modula rays, stingrays and a variety of invertebrates and mollusks, schools of the Panamic sergeant major (Abudefduf troschelii – Fishbase) and the Bullseye puffer.
Location: Cousins Rocks is a triangular shaped islet, with the shape of small shark-tooth near Bartolome Island.
Currents: No strong currents.
Marine Activity: Cleaning station, pacific seahorses, barracudas, sea lions, Galapagos shark, white tip shark, sea turtles, reef fish, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, and a variety of invertebrates and mollusks, creole fish, many saber-toothed blennies, longhosed hawkfish nestled in black coral, one pacific seahorse, and lots of assorted blennies.
Ideal for Intermediate and Advanced divers!
Location: An isolated tuff cone with vertical walls. Approximately one hour from Puerto Ayora, west of Baltra and North Seymour.
Currents: Moderate currents that fluctuate from normal to medium. This is a drift dive along the wall.
Marine Activity: Manta rays, sea lions, barracuda, lots of marine turtles, and a great variety of sea stars. The variety of ‘cleaning stations’ allows us to view hammerhead sharks, as well as ocean sharks, and Galápagos sharks. Multicolored sponges line the wall. Moray eels, octopus, stingrays are also present.