Galapagos Dive Sites

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Galapagos waters offer something for divers of all skill levels, whether you are begginer, intermediate or advanced diver, Galapagos feature sites where hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, giant manta rays, golden rays, morays, fur seal and sea lions are all commonly seen.
With our land based diving program, you’ll discover the best diving during everyday excursión for much lower price. Short navigations in small and fast vessels  will take you from island to island to each diving spot, returning to your comfortable hotel for a deserved rest. You don´t need to book a liveaboard diving yatch months in advance expose to seasickness, and be confine to a tight space, when you can get to choose your dive destinations and combined with custom tours for you.


Daphne

An isolated tuff cone with vertical walls Ideal for intermédiate to advanced divers!
Location:  Approximately one hour from Puerto Ayora, west of Baltra and North Seymour. 
Currents:   Moderate currents from normal to medium, drift dive along the wall.
Marine Activity: Manta rays, sea lions, barracuda, lots of marine turtles, and a great variety of sea stars. The variety of ‘cleaning stations’ allows us to sea hammerhead sharks, ocean sharks, and Galápagos sharks. Multicolored sponges in the wall, moray eels, octopus,  stingrays.

Cousins Rocks

Location:  Cousins Rocks is a triangular shaped islet, with the shape of small shark tooth near Bartolome Island.
Currents:   No strong currents
Marine Activity: Cleaning station, pacific seahorses, barracudas, sea lions, Galapagos shark, white tip shark, sea turtles, reef fish, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, and a variety of invertebrates and mollusks, creole fish, many sabertoothed blennies, longhosed hawkfish nestled in black coral, one pacific seahorse, and lots of assorted blennies.

Bartolome

Location: Lies close to Santiago Island,  only  separated by the shallow Sullivan Bay.
Currents: Moderate current 
Marine Activity: While diving you will find white tip shark fin, reef fish, barracuda, turtles, modula rays, stingrays and a variety of invertebrates and mollusks, schools of the Panamic sergeant major (Abudefduf troschelii – Fishbase) and the Bullseye puffer.

Beagle Rocks

Beginner to Intermediate 
Location:    Three large exposed rocks, located on the southeast of Santiago Island about one and half hour from the channel. Dive  begins along a underwater platform and leading to a sloped wall, covered with black coral and sea fans 
Currents:   Normally there are not strong currents. It is a reef dive with many corals and sponges.
Marine Activity: Abundance of fish including grunts, surgeonfish, yellowtail snapper, king angelfish, butterflyfish, creolefish, flag cabrilla, and schools of brown-stripped salema. Moray eels, golden eagle rays, golden cowrays, turtles, hammerheads and Galapagos sharks are frequent sites.

Mosquera Islet

Location It is located between North Seymour and Baltra.  There are two dive sites, West Beach and East Mosquera.
Currents:  Generally mild.   Although,  the current comes from the east most of the time and can be quite strong in the channels north and south of Mosquera.
Marine Activity: Schools of grunts and snappers, sea lions, sharks, turtles, rays, barracudas, tropical fish. Also often we see schools of hammerheads, galapagos sharks, big fish, garden eels

North Seymour Island

Location:  Located at the north of Baltra Island, this island has a drop off of more than 3,000 feet, or 1.000 meters in the East coast.
Currents:  Most likely to find strong currents going to the NorthWest, rich in diversity of species.  In the warm season we may find surge and surf in the northeast cliff of the island.
Marine Activity: Good chance to approach white tip and hammerhead sharks resting in the shallow areas, small mantas, marine turtles, sting rays, eagle rays, triggerfish, colonies of garden eels  (at the Channel) and variety of invertebrates,
At the Nordeast Cliff with stronger currents you can see groups of Galapagos sharks, hammerheads and occasionally whale shark in transit.

Gordon Rocks

Minimum of 30dives logged/ Intermediate to Advanced Divers
Location:  Famous dive site, one of the best of the central islands around Santa Cruz. You dive in remmants of an eroded crater at the top of a tuff cone about 100m across.  Near the east coast of Santa Cruz Island, 2 dive sites located 45 minutes from Itabaca Channel at the North of Santa Cruz Island.
Currents: Currents can be very strong here, the local name for the dive site is La Lavadora (washing machine). Since there are often heavy currents, eddies and down currents, swells and surge (specially inside the caldera) and the water is deep, this dive site is not for beginners.
Marine Activity: Good chance for schools of Hammerhead sharks, cleaning station, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, mobulas rays, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eel, barracudas, variety of invertebrates, amberjacks and pompano,  golden cowrays, marlins and green turtles. This is also a good place to observe fur seals underwater.

Santa Fe Island

Location:  One hour sailing from Puerto Ayora.  There are three dive sites around Santa Fe island, the Lagoon, La Botella and the Caves (a cavern with a tunnel).
Currents:   Excellent visibility, moderate currents, ideal site for beginners as well as for experts.
Marine Activity: You might see stingrays, tortoises; sea lions, the white tip reef shark and a great variety of tropical fish. There are also small nudibranchs (Tambja mullineri) and hawkfishes and small colorful gobies are found between the rocks.

Floreana Island

Considered one of the best dive location in the central islands.
Location:  90 minutes sail south from Puerto Ayora, Florean adive spots are ideal for all diving levels with 3 possible dive sites (Devil´s Crown / Champion Islet / Enderby Islet
Currents:   Usually moderate.
Marine Activity:  Great place to dive with sea horses, also sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, green turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, barracudas, variety of invertebrates, hammerheads-
Devil’s Crow:  Giving its name  after an exposed cone that peak out of the wáter form a crown shape. Great marine species such as blackspot moray, hawkfish, filefish, king angelfish, creolefish, jacks, turtles, octopus, golden eagle rays, hammerheads and whitetips.
Champion Islet: Drift dive accompanied by sea lions.  Large number of sea turtles too. Great for night dives you can encounter sleeping sea turtles, numerous creolefish, bright yellow and orange tubastrea, slipper lobster, red scorpionfish, nudibraches and pufferfish.

Enderby Islet:  Diving on the outer edge of the eroded tuff cone and also where the current hits the reef. Observation of include manta rays, golden eagle rays, morays, turtles, tunas, hammerheads, whitetips, Galapagos sharks