A volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean it is considered one of the world’s foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing. A province of Ecuador, it lies about 1,000km off its coast. Its isolated terrain shelters a diversity of plant and animal species, many found nowhere else. Charles Darwin visited in 1835, and his observation of Galapagos’ species later inspired his theory of evolution.
In this highly variable climate, the hot and rainy season is from December to June, with high humidity and average temperatures of 26-30°C/79-86°F. From June to November, expect cool winds and an occasional light misty drizzle. Temperatures average 20-24°C/68-75°F during the day and are lower at night. Diving is possible all year. Temperatures range from 20-28°C/71-85°F depending upon site and island, and whether or not currents bring in cooler water. Although 30 metre/100 foot visibility is not unheard of, it’s usually 10-20 metres/30-70 feet. Visibility depends to a great extent on the season and amount of plankton in the water.
One of the main attractions to diving in the Galapagos is the schooling Hammerheads who will appear in mass numbers, marine iguanas, Dolphins, Penguins, fur seals, Manta rays, Tuna and sharks are all regular sightings on dives. At the right time of year you may also encounter Whales and Whale sharks.
With the varying currents and low temperature water the Galapagos may be somewhat challenging. As such we would recommend a minimum of 50 dives, an advanced certification or at least Open Water with a deep qualification. It may also be worth noting that some of the dives may require Nitrox due to the sustained depths. Most sites range between 10-25m with a few closer to the 30m mark.