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.
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.