Posted October 2, 2013 by Samantha Sanchez in Guest Post

Discover Scuba Diving in the Galapagos

Divers with Manta ray in the Galapagos
Divers with Manta ray in the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are consistently voted among the top 10 scuba diving spots on the planet. The Galapagos are said to be the second largest marine reserve in the world and were designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. Breathtaking scenic beauty, unique and exotic wildlife, and a superb natural park and wildlife sanctuary are the primary attractions of this place.

A Brief History of the Galapagos Islands

These islands were formed due to underwater volcanic eruptions that occurred some 1000 kilometers from the Ecuadorian mainland. Ecuador itself is a nation filled with some of nature’s most amazing creations. The country is divided into four distinct natural regions: the Andean Highlands, the Amazon Rainforest, the Coastal Lowlands, and the Galapagos Islands.

The volcanic activity that resulted in the formation of the Galapagos is also the reason why the marine life around the Islands is extremely abundant. The sea water is rich in nutrients due to the northward flowing Humboldt Current, and it is the breeding ground for a huge number of sea creatures, such as hammerhead and whale sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, almaco jack, giant manta rays, yellow fin tuna, Galapagos sharks, sea lions and much more.Diver with fish in the Galapagos

Porous lava rocks in the sea provide protection to billions of small fishes, making the variety of marine life all the more spectacular. If you go farther offshore, you can encounter giant marlin, sharks, tuna, whales and many other pelagic species. Local guides and Galapagos diving/travel packages can help you avoid dangerous shark-prone areas and help you make your dream of diving with these leviathans a reality.

Scuba Diving at its Best

If you are a diving enthusiast, you can discover the joys of diving the Galapagos by opting for a suitable Galapagos Islands adventure package. Even if you are new to scuba diving, you don’t need to worry. All you need to know is how to swim. There are many competent, skilled professionals in the Galapagos who will help unleash the scuba diver in you. They will teach you the basics of scuba diving and also be there with you while you perform your first open water dive.

If you are an advanced scuba diver, you can book a dive/cruise vessel, sail into the middle of the sea, and witness a whole new world of marine creatures. Divers who visit the more remote islands of the Galapagos, such as Wolf and Darwin Islands, will discover sea creatures that you might not be able to witness in any other part of the world.  With a little luck you may get to swim with graceful manta rays, stealthy black-tip sharks, vast schools of hammerheads and many other interesting species.

Gear Up for Diving

When you are planning such a thrilling adventure, you should definitely work on your skills as well as your list of equipment before you embark on your scuba diving tour. Here are a few points to be remembered and followed:

  • Consult your doctor before you leave for your scuba diving trip. This is a precautionary measure and needs to be undertaken to ensure a safe trip. You need to verify whether you are healthy enough for scuba diving.
  • It is recommended that you get a PADI certification before attempting the sport. Most of the scuba diving shops ask for certification before they allow you to rent equipment. This certification also lets you dive independently.
  • Most Galapagos Island vacation packages aimed at scuba enthusiasts will assist you in getting the gear you need, so you don’t need to worry about the availability of equipment. In case you want personalized items, you can always shop for your own gear. If scuba diving is your passion, it is advisable to bring your own BCD, a regulator with pressure gauge and depth gauge, and a timing device. Air tank filling options are readily available throughout the Galapagos and aboard most live-aboard dive cruises.
Your Choice of Galapagos Travel Packages

Divers enjoy the marine life of the GalapagosYou need to pick wisely when it comes to choosing a Galapagos travel package. After all, when you are spending a lot to come to such a beautiful place, you should ensure that you get the best bang for your buck. The Galapagos is probably one of the best places to visit if you love adventure sports and are an admirer of natural beauty. You need to choose an affordable yet complete package for a truly memorable journey.

Whether its amphibians, fishes, reptiles, insects, plants or birds, you won’t be disappointed by the amazing variety of species found in the Galapagos Islands – whether in the sea or on land. A Galapagos Island vacation will lay at your feet a vast ecological diversity that will make you adore nature and its creation all the more. So, dive into a whole new world with an adventure filled vacation in the Galapagos.

Samantha Sanchez

is a travel freak from San Diego who now resides in Quito, Ecuador. She loves visiting new places and exploring everything she can. Deeply influenced by the evolution of the human race, she now works with Nature Galapagos & Ecuador as a travel informant and loves sharing knowledge about the unique species found in this amazing country.