Galapagos Diving

Underwater Magic
– Diving in Galapagos –
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The Galapagos Islands are known for its abundant marine life and should be on every diver’s bucket list.

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There are two ways to dive the Galapagos marine reserve – either with a live-aboard cruise or with day trips from an inhabited island.

When planning your Galapagos dive adventure, take into account that there are two diving season: Whale Shark Season (June to November) and Manta Season (December to May). 

Live-Aboard Diving Cruise

Diving cruises are the only way how you can visit the remote islands Wolf and Darwin where you have the best chances to see whale sharks and big schools of hammerhead sharks. As on the naturalist cruises, you eat and sleep on board. Each day you do 3 to 4 dives – two in the morning and 1-2 in the afternoon – and some cruises even offer night dives. Besides diving, you also do one land visit either on Santa Cruz or San Cristobal Island.

Currently there are eight yachts that offer 7-night diving cruises to Wolf and Darwin. Find all important information on some of these yachts below.

Diving Day Trips

These tours are a great alternative for people who are not very experienced divers, travel with children or can’t afford a diving cruise. It is also the favorite option for mixed couples and groups with divers and non-divers.

Many travelers do a naturalist cruise to see the unique land animals and extend their stay on the archipelago to do diving day trips.

Almost all diving day trips start from Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and only few start from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island. The cost of a diving day trip depends on the tour operator but the average price is $250 including check dive, 2 dives, complete diving gear, English-speaking guide, insurance, transportation and lunch.

Find an example program including accommodation on an inhabited island and diving day trips here. If you want to learn more about the dive sites and tour availability, contact our Midland Travel staff.

Requirements to Dive the Galapagos

For diving day trips from Santa Cruz or San Cristobal Island, you need at least an Open-Water Dive Certification for beginner and intermediate dive sites. For advanced dive sites like Gordon Rocks, you need at least 20-30 logged dives.

Due to the strong currents, the varying visibility and the cold water in Galapagos, live-aboard diving can be challenging and is only recommended for experienced divers. Yachts recommend to have done at least 50 open water dives.

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Galapagos marine iguanas are the only iguanas that feed underwater.

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Live-Aboard Diving Cruises

Seven live-aboard diving yachts are currently cruising the Galapagos Islands. During their 7-day diving itineraries, they travel far north to dive at the islands Darwin and Wolf.

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Galapagos Master

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Galapagos Sky

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