Situated at the confluence of several ocean currents, the Galapagos Islands support a staggering array of marine life, with many species found nowhere else on earth. Scuba diving in Galapagos offers mesmerizing encounters with manta rays, whale sharks, scalloped hammerheads and great schools of snapper, with fascinating drop-offs and a boulder-strewn sea floor to discover. Witness rainbow basslet, bloody frogfish, rock mover wrasse and Pacific seahorse, together with eagle rays, wahoo and yellowfish tuna.
Water temperatures range from 20 to 28°C/71 to 85°F and diving is conducted year-round. You must have certification to scuba dive in the Galapagos Islands and the presence of strong currents make it more suited to those with adequate experience.
El Arco at Darwin Island is considered one of the world’s top dive sites, with hammerheads, whale sharks and spotted eagle rays all seen here, together with Roca Redonda off the north coast of Isabela where Galapagos sharks, barracudas and sea horses are all found. Cape Douglas on Fernandina Island is a popular site for scuba diving in Galapagos, as you can dive with penguins, fur seals and sea lions, while marine iguanas can sometimes be seen diving for food in the calm waters of Santa Cruz’s Camaño Islet.
Scuba diving in Galapagos can be organized for those staying on land or booked as an additional activity after the on sea-based cruise itineraries. For those who want to dive multiple times a day, Galapagos liveaboard expeditions are designed exclusively for divers and led by highly experienced dive masters.