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Liveaboard Galapagos SCUBA Diving Cruises

There are diving trips…and there are DIVING VACATIONS! One of the world’s most unique underwater adventures can be found in the legendary Galapagos Islands. Toted as one of the top 10 diving spots in the world, the Galapagos has earned a title as the “Mecca for divers.” Where else can you discover massive whale sharks patrolling the deep blue while schools of manta rays shark block out the sun? In the Galapagos, each dive promises extraordinary sightings, making it nothing short of a “must-do once-in-a-lifetime experience” – whether you’re a beginning diver seeking to swim alongside playful sea lions or an advanced diver comfortable with being surrounded by a squadron of hammerhead sharks.

There are two different ways to dive in the Galapagos: Liveaboard diving cruises and hotel-based trips doing day dives. Liveaboard diving cruises have the advantage of being able to visit remote dive spots such as the legendary Wolf and Darwin Islands where scientists claim has the world’s highest density of sharks.

In addition to offering some of the world’s best diving, what makes the Galapagos Islands even more of an attraction is that they also give travelers a chance to come ashore and find themselves face-to-face with Giant tortoises, endemic birds and a host of other land creatures. Adventurers can literally walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, the great naturalist who changed the way we think about life. If you’re interested in this bucket-list experience and destination, contact a Surtrek travel specialist today!

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What you’ll experience at on a Galapagos SCUBA diving cruise

The convergence of ocean currents through the Galapagos archipelago has combined plant and animal life from contrasting environments and given rise to unique marine species.  Because of these varying conditions in the Galapagos Islands, a wide diversity of marine animal life can be experienced. While diving in certain areas of the Galapagos Marine Reserve, you’ll come into contact with amazing aquatic species, everything from tiny colorful fish to enormous humpback whales, docile whitetip sharks, schools of hammerhead sharks; eagle, marble and manta rays; swordfish, sea turtles and even “nudibranchs” – just to name a few. Indeed, the Galapagos Islands and the surrounding waters represent one of the world’s most unique ecosystems and are rich areas in bio-diversity. For these reasons, UNESCO granted “World Heritage Site” status to the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR), as it is the largest marine reserve in a developing country and the second-largest marine reserve in the world. The diving in Galapagos is for relatively advanced divers with fast currents providing challenges to the less experienced. Contact a Surtrek travel specialist for help in planning your once-in-a-lifetime trip SCUBA diving in the Galapagos.

 

Why go on a Galapagos diving cruise with Surtrek?

We have over 25 years of experience helping travelers find the best Galapagos diving cruise for their particular needs. We personally inspect the quality of each and every boat, hotel and guide we recommend on our site in addition to confirming it’s standards meet our Green Philosophy. We sleep in the beds, rate the coffee and cuisine, get to know the guides, and yes, even do the dirty job of testing the cocktails onboard before we give a boat the thumbs up. Contact one of our expert Galapagos trip planners for help planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Galapagos.

 

Best Time to experience the Galapagos Islands

The hot, sunny season from January through May is generally considered to be the best time to dive in the Galapagos due to warmer air and water temperatures, and clearer water for better visibility though this season is also characterized by frequent afternoon rains. From June to December, cold ocean currents from the south bring cooler weather (which some travelers will prefer) and the “Garua”, an almost perpetual light fog. There are rougher seas, though almost no rain. Read more about the best times to travel to Galapagos.

 

Getting to the Galapagos Islands

Flying from the Ecuadorian mainland cities of Quito (UIO) and Guayaquil (GYE) are the only ways to reach the Galapagos Islands. One may fly into either Isla Baltra (GPS), which is used to access the central island of Santa Cruz, or into the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno airport (SCY) on San Cristobal Island in the far east of the Galapagos.

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