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The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands lie on the equator 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Isolated for millennia, evolution has been free to take place in its own unique way in the Galapagos. Evidence of this is seen in the endemic animals that inhabit the islands, including Marine and Land Iguanas, Lava Lizards, Galapagos Penguins and the Flightless Cormorant. Other fascinating non-endemic species found in Galapagos include the Giant Tortoise, the Galapagos Sea Lion, the Blue-footed Booby and the Frigate Bird.

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Galapagos is recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site and is comprised of thirteen main islands and five smaller islands. Two of these small islands are Darwin and Wolf and for divers the mere mention of these remote islands sends a shiver down the spine. Darwin and Wolf are located 14 hours sailing north of the main island group. Here, the cool Humboldt current creates a marine environment in which life flourishes and the seas surrounding Wolf and Darwin support large concentrations of the marine life for which the Galapagos is famous. Here one can observe large schools of Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Whale Sharks, large Mantas and schooling Rays including Mobula Rays, Cownose Rays, and Spotted Eagle Rays. Although Wolf and Darwin are the highlights for most divers visiting Galapagos, there are many other areas within Galapagos that have world-class dive sites. These include Cousin’s Rock, where you can find Red-lipped Batfish, Seahorse, Frogfish, Octopus, Rays, Sharks and playful Galapagos Sea Lions, Bartolome Island where you can snorkel with Galapagos Penguins, Roca Redonda where underwater geysers release streams of bubbles and large shoals of fish attract schools of Hammerheads, Pinta Island a good spot for Marine Iguanas and Red-lipped Batfish, Punta Vicente Roca a great site for macro and where you may encounter a Mola Mola, and Cape Marshall where Mantas are often seen.

Galapagos Liveaboards

Booking Tip: We can also arrange a Galapagos nature cruise for you before or after your dive liveaboard!

Galapagos Nature boats