There are few better places in the world to dive than here, but the diving opportunities on a Galápagos wildlife cruise are very limited. On wildlife cruises the emphasis is primarily on discovering the best wildlife on land while the fascinating marine life can be experienced on snorkelling excursions.
There are usually only one or two opportunities to dive within the naturalist cruise itineraries which also mean missing out on a landing site and some other wildlife instead.
Instead, if your focus is on discovering the incredible marine life in the Galápagos archipelago, you should consider taking a cruise itinerary aboard a dive liveaboard.
Indeed, for the ultimate Galápagos holiday, a week’s Galápagos dive cruise followed by a naturalist cruise would give you the most complete experience of all the spectacular creatures to be found on land and sea in this stunning wildlife haven.
The very best dive sites are to be found in the far north of the archipelago. These incredible and challenging sites are the focus of itineraries specifically dedicated to divers and are reached on a live-aboard cruise vessel that voyages to Wolf and Darwin Islands.
Here you have the chance to swim among vast schools of hammerhead sharks, as well as the possibility of white-tipped reef, Galápagos sharks and even whale sharks in the warmer currents of these northernmost islands.
Other extraordinary highlights include manta season which brings not just manta rays but many other species as well. The season is from December to May, which also coincides with an increased activity of the hammerheads who gather in solid ’walls’.
Diving in the Galápagos Islands is for experienced qualified divers only as currents and deep waters do make it challenging. However, if you do not have sufficient experience to join a liveaboard but are newly PADI qualified and would still like to try some diving, then there are a selection of different levels of dive from the base of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz island.
This is also a great base for some excellent dive sites if you want to combine some diving with a wildlife cruise but don’t have time for two separate cruises. There are some excellent hotels here in the charming small town of Puerto Ayora and the quality of dive centres is excellent.
We would be delighted to advise you on the best dive experiences in the Galápagos Islands so that you can discover for yourself the truly spectacular riches of the marine life to be found here.
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By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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