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Galapagos Islands: The Mecca for Divers

As diving sites, the Galapagos Islands are mega-diverse, exhilarating, stunningly magnificent and breathtaking (Ok, perhaps the latter word isn't the best to use here). This archipelago can even be considered one of the best diving sites in the world. Don’t take our word for it, many divers consider the Galapagos a Mecca for liveaboard diving experiences.

The nutrient-rich waters that surround these islands are densely populated with a tremendous variety of nature’s largest, rarest and downright weirdest creatures. You’re more than likely to find yourself amidst a school of non-aggressive hammerhead sharks or beneath a platoon of manta rays in underwater flight. From exotic mola mola and dragon-like marine iguanas to tiny Galapagos penguins or titanic whale sharks, an entire rage of marine life awaits you on a Galapagos liveaboard dive!

As an already world-renowned diving destination, it’s easy to decide on a visit here. But how do you go about choosing your best diving cruise in the Galapagos Islands?

One has to first ask themself what they expect in their perfect diving experience. Is it the underwater marine life they hope to witness? The service onboard the liveaboard? The expertise and knowledge of the master diver? The safety and technical specifications of the yacht? Perhaps, the meals served aboard are just as important to you as the photo-processing facilities provided; and of course the number of dives and the itinerary are key factors.

In any case, we at Surtrek have all of these concerns covered. Not only do we regularly inspect the ships and review their programs, but we go the extra mile to meet with each crew member, guide, the divers on board and even the owners (well, we have to admit some of them are unreachable since they live pretty far away). But to assist travelers in selected that diving cruise that best suits their particular interest, we thoroughly evaluate each ships services and facilities, even to the point of personally sampling the cocktails they serve (though this part is more pleasurable, to be frank).

We know which liveaboards include what (like free nitrox, which is a great plus), and we’re aware of the pros and cons of each itinerary. We know that some ships focus on diving the Darwin and Wolf islands, for example, while others sail to more uncommon spots, and that there are even diving cruises for folks who are just learning. But whichever you opt for, you’ll have the privilege of experiencing what even Darwin himself was unable to witness: the Galapagos Islands’ host of underwater wonders.

Diving in the archipelago is clearly exciting, but what is there to do when you’re out of the water? Surtrek can custom-design fascinating land excursions so that you can to learn about and directly experience the endemic birds and the emblematic land creatures of the region — from comical Blue-footed boobies to lumbering Giant tortoises — all of which will allow you to better appreciate the harmony of nature.

After 25+ years of providing trips to the Galapagos Islands and mainland Ecuador, we have become are specialists in both land-based and sea expeditions in this cageless zoo & aquarium. So, let us help you plan your own once-in-a-lifetime underwater adventure now! 

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“We booked our Galapagos/Peru trip through Surtrek and are very glad that we did.”A. Arima

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