Diving in Galapagos
The Galapagos is a unique, world-class diving location and is named one of the Seven Underwater Wonders. As such, the water surrounding of the islands offer an impressive number of world-class dives and precisely because this underwater world has yet to be "discovered," it is still private, pristine, and relatively unexplored. Nevertheless, a few tour companies specializing in diving have been operating in the Galapagos for over a decade.
Unlike many other extraordinary dive sites, however, it is not the coral reefs that are the main attraction, but rather the unique mixture of marine animals (one in four species are endemic to the islands), and their fearlessness of intruders into their watery world. In the Galapagos it is possible to dive in the company of sea turtles, manta rays, penguins, sea lions, dolphins, and numerous species of shark, including hammerheads and whale sharks. There are also hundreds of species of tropical reef fish, many of which are particular to this fantastic underwater sanctuary.
Short description of the diving sites:
Academy Bay: Punta Estrada with its interesting geological formations. You will see tropical fish, green sea turtles in the warm season, different types of mantas, white sharks.
Gordon Rocks: Here you will find Galapagos sharks, seals, sea lions, reef fish, perches, morays, eventually sardines, sea turtles, hammer sharks.
Floreana: “Corona del Diablo”, a volcano crater divided into three parts and partially sunk in the sea, is a famous diving site with wonderful coral reefs and different kinds of fish, hammerheads, mantas, perches, starfish, trunkfish, shrimp, green sea turtles, corals, and algae. You will also have the chance to play with sea lions who love to meet aquatic visitors.
Champion-Enderby: Here you will see a large variety of black coral with hundreds of reef fish, and eventually sharks, perches and turtles
Seymour Island: located north of Santa Cruz. You can find perches, many schools of different kinds of fish, white sharks, and hammer sharks, turtles, sea lions.
Daphne Menor: You will find large amounts of Galapagos sharks, and eventually hammer sharks, reef fish, crabs, perhaps octopuses and sea turtles.