Galapagos Islands and EcuadorDarwin's enchanted islands, Ecuadorian wonders and Amazonian adventures
The diving in Galapagos is truly phenomenal with a remarkable abundance of unique marine life. Located 600 miles west of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are surrounded by deep ocean and are the meeting point of two major oceanic currents; the cold Humboldt Current that sweeps up from the Antarctic, and the warm equatorial current. The collision of these two currents brings an abundance of vital food resources into the Galapagos Islands supporting amazing arrays of marine life.
The Galapagos is a very unique place to dive. Some dives may be in cold water, where penguins abound, and others are in warmer equatorial currents, where you can witness tropical fish and reefs. Galapagos is a one-off destination. Nowhere else on the planet can you dive with the sea lions, marine iguanas, penguins, turtles, galapagos and hammerhead sharks and – fingers crossed – whale sharks, all on the same trip.
Galapagos is a year-round dive destination. To see the schooling hammerheads and have the best opportunity to sight a whale shark you need to visit between June and November. During this time of year the cooler water brought up near the surface by the Humboldt Current embraces the central isles while the warm waters are pushed northwards to surround Darwin and Wolf – then home of the hammerheads and whale sharks. In the southern central isles you will be dazzled by the sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas and the fantastic bird life.
Water temperatures in the central isles are typically 18- 24C and in the north, around Darwin and Wolf, 24- 28C. The air temperatures will vary from 22-30C. A good 5mm wetsuit should be sufficient with hood, boots and gloves. During the liveaboard cruise there will be a programme of 3 dives a day. On Santa Cruz we will make a number of land tours in between and after diving. Please note that you are not allowed to go ashore at Darwin and Wolf.
Wherever you are in the Galapagos the birds, sea lions and the spectacular scenery, coupled with the thrilling diving, makes the Galapagos a fantastic experience – one not to be missed!
How to get there
Getting to the Galapagos Islands is very straightforward. For all international flights you will need to fly into Ecuador, arriving into either Guayaquil or Quito airport. There are daily flights from both Quito and Guayaquil into the Galapagos, with a flight duration of under 2hrs. Depending on the location of your liveaboard or hotel, your flight will arrive into either Baltra or San Cristobal and we will be happy to advise you best based on your destination.
Stay a bit a longer
It goes without saying that the Galapagos Islands are incredibly unique and are probably at the top of the ‘must see’ places on anyone’s wish list. We can offer all kinds of extension tours within the Galapagos Islands to make the most of your trip, including inter-island hopping programmes, hiking treks to climb volcanoes and cross lava fields, and nature tours to witness the amazing wildlife.
Ecuador, too, should not be overlooked. Quito in particular is a wondrous city to explore and from there you can take tours out to see the cloud forest, visit Octaval Marketplace or Cotopaxi Volcano.
We can also offer trips into the Amazon jungle. Trips are usually 3-5 days, and include a domestic flight to Coca followed by a canoe transfer into the Amazon jungle. There are some incredible jungle lodges to choose from. The Amazon tours will include activities during the day, such as guided wildlife treks through the jungle and visits to local tribes.
Quick Guide: Galapagos Islands
- Location: 600 miles west of Ecuador
- When to go: All year round with two seasonal variations:-
- Dec – May Average air temp: 27°C – 32°C
- Dec – May Average water temp: 21°C – 26°C
- Jun – Nov Average air temp: 21°C – 27°C
- Jun – Nov Average water temp: 18°C – 24°C
- Recommended diver level: PADI Advanced (or equivalent) with minimum 50 dives
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