LIVEABOARD HOLIDAYS IN THE GALAPAGOS
The Galapagos Islands are famed with having some of the world’s best diving spots for a great number of reasons, including their position close to the equator and at the convergence of cold and warm currents. This set of temperatures, climates and conditions bring together a diverse range of creatures from across the animal kingdom, including a whole host of endemic and indigenous species found exclusively on the islands. Most advantaged by the unique location of Ecuador’s Galapagos Archipelago is of course the marine life, where hundreds of species from all swims of life are coexisting in some quite spectacular landscapes and habitats, creating a range of the most majestic diving holidays available today.
The world’s second largest marine reserve is also a World Heritage Listed Site, consisting of fifteen main islands, three smaller islands and over 100 rocks & islets. As the planet’s only place to inhabit penguins, flamingos, tropical and subtropical fish all in one fantastic natural haven - it’s easy to see the inspiration that drove the great Charles Darwin to perfect his ground-breaking Theory of Evolution on his famous visit over 150 years ago.
Although the Galapagos can be fairly tricky to actually get to, the lengthy trip is without any doubt worth the effort, as the stunning underwater offering of the world-famous ‘land of discovery’ would simply take your breath away… if you didn’t have a whole tank of it on your back.
WHY LIVEABOARD DIVING IS BEST
Covering a distance of over 45'000 km², the oceans surrounding the magnificent Galapagos Islands provide a truly immense amount of diving possibilities - and on a scale of difficulties for the varying experience levels. Whilst the land based holidays can be a spectacle of wildlife and wonderful scenery, a liveaboard is a more economical and much easier way to delve deeper into the incredible waters - providing more obscure diving sites, more time spent in the water and more scope for getting up close and personal with as much as possible.
THE BEST PLACES TO DIVE IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
It’s difficult to call the best diving sites in the Galapagos with so many to choose from, however, two of the more impressive and most popular amongst experienced divers are:
The impressive 15 M (50 ft) lava arch is one of the most unique and enjoyable places to dive at the islands, as the fast descent in current forces you to grab onto the rocks below and become an intrigued spectator to the show of what comes flying past.
The extinct volcano is fascinating both above and below sea level, with some wonderful schools of marine life and a sea bed reaching a maximum depth of 253 M (830 ft). With a host of great dive sites like The Pinnacle, Shark Bay and Landslide, the high chance of seeing Hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos Sharks and even the elusive Whale Shark on Wolf Island make it definitely worth a dive… or three.
Other favourites include: Academy Bay - Santa Cruz, Santa Fe Island, Cousins Rock, Daphne, North Seymour Island and Floreana Island.
Although there are options for a range of diving difficulties available in the Galapagos Islands, the main body of trips are considered to be geared more toward the experienced divers out there.