GALAPAGOS DIVING SITES

Galapagos is considered the Number One dive destination in the world.
Our Packages include Daily diving with Land Based accommodation, and Live-aboard to explore the Enchanted Archipelago including the marvelous Darwin and Wolf islands.

Daphne
It is a tuff cone. Highlights are the abundance of fish and a drift dive along the impressive drop off at the top of a sloping wall. At 8m there is a cave that shelters Rays, Reef sharks, Turtles and Cardinalfish. Descending along the slope there is a beautiful pinnacle adorned with black coral, school of yellowtail snapper and grunts. Look for solitary hammerheads, Galapagos sharks and schools of golden rays. Here it is amazing to see how small schools of Amberjack will follow you throughout the course of the dive.

Mosquera
is a small lava islet. Along the eastern shoreline, large rocks form a boulder slope that terraces down to depths between 6-15m. On the sandy bottom look for large Diamond and Marbled rays, Octopus, Moray eels, and White-tipped reef sharks. The sand flat extends outward to the east, sloping downward slightly to a dramatic vertical wall; search this sandy area for the Galapagos garden eels living in burrows in the sand. At the base of the drop offs, you will usually see schools of Peruvian grunts, Yellowtail grunts, Blue-striped snappers, Galapagos grunts and Surgeonfish. Manta Rays are often seen in the shallows at the south end of Mosquera.

North Seymour
Location: North of Santa Cruz island, 2 dive sites located 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz island).
Site Conditions: For all levels of divers, although sometimes there can be strong currents, platform reefs with a diversity of species Activity: Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapago sharks, white tip reef shark, hammerhead shark, mobulas, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, galapagos eel, barracudas, variety of invertebrates.

Gordon Rocks
A partially eroded crater at the top of a tuff cone. Three sections of the jagged edges of the cone are visible above water. From the center of the crater a pinnacle juts up to about 18m (60 ft). The outer sides of the crater are steep. This is a more demanding drift dive where currents are experienced. Small invertebrates and black coral trees live on the vertical wall. Manta rays are commonly encountered feeding near the surface, schools of Hammerhead sharks and Golden rays, Galapagos sharks, Green turtles and Eagle rays. Sea lions generally rest on the rocks and like to make unexpected visits to divers.

Beagle Rocks
Beagle Rocks are three large rocks, the only remains of a tuff cone. This is a drift dive. Highlights are the abundance of fish, including grunts, surgeonfish, yellow tailed snapper, king angelfish, butterflyfish, creolefish, flag cabrilla, schools of brown striped salemas, rock surfaces covered by blennies, hawkfish, damsel fish, wrasses, scorpionfish, as well as turtles, rays, sea lions, hammerhead sharks specially during the warm season. There are also invertebrates such as nudibranchs, orange cup coral, sea stars, octopus, lobster and urchins. As you continue along the outer edge of the cone, you will find three caves that penetrate 9m (30ft) into the wall at depths between 6-12 m (20-40 ft). Large marble rays are normally found in these caves.

Cousin Rock
An old eroded crater that looks like a pyramid. There is a very interesting dive along a ridge. The top of the ridge near the islet is a very shallow 3-5m(10-15ft), sloping away gradually into deep water. The east side is a vertical wall with a series of horizontal ledges. Divers often encounter schools of eagle rays and sharks. We explore the ledges , which are covered with large branches of black coral and bright orange pacific sea horses are common usually in depths of 15-21m (50-70ft). This is good place to observe Frogfish, long nose Hawkfish, and the mating display of breeding male Bravo Clinids, showing off their bright yellow gills. The dive offers an incredible variety of pelagic fauna, including schools of mobulas, eagle and golden rays and solitary hammerheads. In shallower areas blue-lined nudibranchs, striped navinax and warty pleurobranchs, bright orange bouquets of tubastrea or golden cup corals are seen everywhere.

Enderby - Champion
By Enderby, diving takes place along the outer edge of a ridge, where turtles and sharks (Hammerheads, Silkies, Galapagos and White-tip) are common. Also schools of grunts, pompanos, creolefish, goatfish, barracudas and large schools of salemas. Black coral, sea horses, and a huge selection of invertebrate marine life can be observed. The dive at Champion is a splendid drift dive, by wall down to a sandy bottom at 30m, drift dive. It is an old tuff cone between Enderby and Devil´s Crown. Here there are pelagic cleaning stations, sealion colonies, and marine turtles are found resting.

Champion is an old tuff cone between Enderby and Devil´s Crown. Is a gorgeous wall, drift dive.

Darwin and Wolf Islands
These are considered one of the most beautiful and exclusive places in the world to dive. Located in the far north point of the Galapagos Marine Reserve and north of the equator, these two islands are uninhabited and only reachable by Live-aboard. The pristine waters surrounding Darwin and Wolf afford the opportunity to encounter species that you will find difficult to see in such an amazing combination anywhere else in Galapagos or elsewhere in the world. There is a great selection of dive sites located here including Shark Bay, The Anchorage, The Landslide, The Elephant, North Islet, Darwins’ Arch and Island, The Pinnacle and The Cave. Amongst fascinating underwater features such as caves and pinnacles, a marvelous blend of marine life is to be discovered. You will get the chance to encounter large schools of Hammerhead sharks whilst surrounded by Reef fish, Marine turtles, Whale sharks, Dolphins, and Manta Rays, all at the same time!
Come and live this unforgettable experience!