GALAPAGOS ISLANDS 

It seems impossible to go back in time, even in the XXI Century; however, incredible as it may seem, after a two-hour flight from Guayaquil in a comfortable modern airplane, you will be immersed in a world that vanishes millions of years ago.

The Enchanted Islands have managed to blend in perfect harmony with modern hotel facilities, within a prehistoric atmosphere. Only here you will be able to enjoy an international lunch while watching sea lions at play, or share your dish with a playful finch that wants to steal your food.

This is our beautiful Ecuador, a country blessed by the sun. The country we would like to share with you.

The Galápagos National Park

Established in 1959, the Galapagos National Park is the oldest National Park in Ecuador. About 97% of the entire area of the Galapagos Islands are part of the National Park system and remain uninhabited. The other 3% of the Islands are the inhabited areas of Santa Cruz Island, San Cristobal Island, Isabela Island and Floreana Island.
 
In 1967, the first park service was created, but it took about 4 years for the Galapagos National Park to assign its first Superintendent and the first set of park rangers as part of the National Park System. Today the Park has a complex management system and hundreds of Park Rangers.
 
In 1979, the Galapagos National Park has declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This meant that the Park’s management and staff were responsible for performing permanent conservation efforts and guarding the islands according to UNESCO’s standards and regulations. However, in 2007, as a result of the fast growing human development and poorly controlled immigration, tourism and trade, UNESCO added the Galapagos to its List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. Since 2007, strict measures were put in place by the Galapagos National Park to control tourism, immigration and the development of existing communities in Galapagos.
 
Since its existence, the Galapagos National park has developed a series of rules and regulations to protect the Islands and minimize the impact of tourists on the Islands. All tourists who visit the islands on a cruise, or who take daily tours out to the islands, must be accompanied by Galapagos National Park certified guide on every visit.
 
 
Diving Information
 
Dive guides with over 5.000 dives in the Islands, English, French, German and Spanish spoken.
 
Not all the sites are for the same level of experience. More than 44 outstanding dive sites. There are sites for beginners, intermediates, and experts; we consider  beginners at 5 to 30 dives logged; intermediates 30 to 100, experienced more than 100. Although we do dive with beginners, we generally recommend an intermediate level of diving skills and experience for Galápagos. The dive sites could be changed or cancelled depending on the weather or sea conditions. The minimum age to be a dive is 12 years old.
 
Our dive limit is 30 meters or 100 feet and no one can dive alone. It  depends on the sea conditions (Currents, the wind, visibility, temperature, surge and other variables). Currents are unpredictable and may be negligible or up to 3 knots.
 
There are two seasons: From January to June, is the hot season. Rains are most common early mornings in January. Water temp. 22 - 28C (70 - 85F) Air temp. 25º - 30ºC (78º - 88ºF) Strong sun and calm seas. Hottest month is March.
 
From July to December there may be misty rains, water temp 16 - 22C (60 - 70F) Air temp. 20 - 26C (68 - 78F) Occasional clouds or overcast, light rains, and light chop at sea. The coldest month is September. There are no storms in Galapagos.
 
We are more flexible than other options in Galápagos. We can supply daily dive tours for the number of days that you want or live aboard cruise tours including visits to the onshore island visitor sites, or even just land tours.

WOLF AND DARWIN ISLANDS

Wolf and Darwin are the northwestern islands of the archipelago, famous because they are the most exciting and desirable dive sites in the world. Strong currents are the ruling feature of these singular dive sites, where a diver can station himself at a rock to watch giant schools of every kind of fish drift past. The sites are especially known for the high presence of hammerheads and big Galapagos sharks as well as marine turtles, various types of rays, mantas, dolphins, moray eels, and invertebrates. Here, you may live the unique experience of finding yourself with the greatest fish of all, the Whale Shark, between June to October.

ACADEMY BAY SANTA CRUZ

This is the bay of Puerto Ayora at Santa Cruz Island, offering 5 dive sites within 10 or 20 minutes by boat from our Dive Centre. Three of the sites are generally calm with little current; ideal for students or novices. At the other two sites, the dives could be a little more complicated if there is current, so they are suitable for intermediate or expert divers. It is possible to see reef fish, sea lions, sting rays, golden rays, eagle rays, invertebrates, morays, garden eels, turtles, marine iguanas, and white tip reef sharks.

SANTA FE ISLAND

This Island is about an hour away from our Dive Center and offers 4 dive sites. Generally, the waters are clear and the currents mild, so they are ideal for novices. At the same time, the animals and topography make them interesting for intermediates and experts. We can see reef fish; sting and eagle rays, garden eels, turtles, sea lion colony, invertebrates, morays, pelagic fish, maybe white tip reef sharks or hammerheads.

FLOREANA ISLAND

Floreana is about 90 minutes south from our Dive Centre. The 9 dive sites usually have calm water but when we find strong current at one we can quickly move to another. This makes Floreana ideal for all levels of divers. You may see coral heads, endemic black coral, reef fish; sting and eagle rays, turtles, sea lion colony, barracudas, pelagic fish, white tip reef sharks, Galapagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, sea horses, morays, garden eels, invertebrates.

NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

This island is about 90 minutes north of our Dive Centre. There are 5 dive sites suitable for all levels of divers, although sometimes the currents can be strong. We can see reef fish; sting and eagle rays, a large garden eel colony, turtles, invertebrates, sea lion colony, morays, pelagic fish, and usually white tip reef sharks and hammerheads. Occasionally the Galapagos sharks.

NAMELESS ISLAND

This is an isolated offshore "sugarloaf" with vertical walls all around. The distance from our Dive Centre is about one hour. The main dive site is a shelf of boulders at about 60 feet. We usually see many Galapagos sharks here, some schools of pelagic fish, and multicoloured sponges on the rock wall. Currents and surge are the controlling factors at Nameless Island.

GORDON ROCKS

This rock formation is a world famous dive site close to Plazas Islands, about one hour from our Dive Centre. There are 5 dive sites in the area, but only the three at Plazas are for novices. The other two sites are for intermediates and experts because there can be strong currents and surge. The Gordon Rocks dive sites are mostly walls with a deep bottom. Reef fish, large pelagic fish; golden, sting and eagle rays, turtles, sea lion colony, endemic Galapagos fur seals, morays, invertebrates; white tip and Galapagos sharks. Hammerhead sharks are the main attraction, often appearing in large schools.

 


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