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where lives the ancient life
where the calm does not exist

flutter, manta ray, flutter
because if they fish you
you will lose your idea

GALAPAGOS DAILY DIVE TRIPS

The best option to know the archipelago it is combine at your desire the days you want to dive from 1 to 7, on our first class dive sailboat or at our dive fast launches, with a live aboard 4-5-8 days land trips, or with some daily land tours.

Thus you can enjoy our amazing marine fauna together with our terrestrial flora and fauna, know our crafts and people at the boutiques as well as several near visit places in which you do not need a boats and relaxing at our economic, tourist and first class hotels.

Our dive sites
(The itineraries, prices and time trip depend the dive boat require)

PLAZAS
Located on the east side of Santa Cruz island, is mainly used as a resting spot as well as for check dives and dive courses. Plazas is actually two small islets divided by a small channel. The bottom is fine sand and silt. Currents can be strong near the channel. Here there are large colonies of sea lions that will actually come and dive and play with you. Beware of the male though! He doesn't like when the females get too close to divers. The south shore is where you will find butterflyfishes, damselfishes, wrasses, moorish idols as well as juvenile barracudas and sharks. The water around the north shore is calmer and is well-suited for exploring the interesting underwater rock formations.

SANTA FE ISLAND
Located on the south-east side of Santa Cruz island. Generally, the waters are clear and the currents are mild, making these sites ideal for novices. At the same time, the animals and topography make them interesting for intermediates and experts. We can see reef fish, sting rays, eagle rays, garden eels, turtles, sea lion colony, invertebrates, morays, pelagic fish, cleaning station and maybe white tip reef sharks.

FLOREANA ISLAND
Located on the south side of Santa Cruz island. The dive sites here usually have calm water. This makes Floreana ideal for all levels of divers. You may see coral heads, endemic black coral, spongs, reef fish, sting rays, eagle rays, turtles, sea lions, barracudas, pelagic fish, cleaning station, white tip reef sharks, Galápagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, barracudas, sea horses, morays and invertebrates.

NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND
Located on the north side of Baltra island. For all levels of divers, although sometimes the currents can be strong. We can see reef fish, sting rays, eagle rays, mobulas rays, a large garden eel colony, turtles, invertebrates, sea lions, morays, pelagic fish, and, usually, white tip reef sharks and hammerheads. Occasionally Galápagos sharks can be seen her.

MOSQUERA ISLET
Located between Seymour North and Baltra Islands, this low rocky islet holds sandy beaches where sea lions rest. Normally there are no strong currents at this site, a sandy bottom between 15 and 18 metres with garden eels and pelagic species, There is also a wall that starts at 18 metres where we find black coral and variety of invertebrates. Hammerhead sharks, black tip reef shark, white tip reef shark, sea lions, turtles, barracudas, reef. fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, mobula rays, Galápagos eel.

BEAGLE ROCKS
Located on the south coast of Santiago island, there are three large steep rocks, the only one remains of a tuff cone. Normally there are no strong currents at this site. It is a reef dive with many corals and sponges, cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, barracudas, variety of invertebrates, manta rays and probably solitary hammerhead sharks.

DAPHNE MINOR
Near the north coast of Santa Cruz Island, a big flat-topped exposed rock. It is an eroded tuff cone. Moderate currents at this site, a drift dive along the impressive drop-off at the top of a sloping wall, rocky and sandy bottom. Here we find a small cave where white tip reef sharks rest, additionally there is a pinnacle where we find a diversity of rays, Galápagos shark, turtles, reef fishes, barracudas, black coral walls and variety of invertebrates.

BARTOLOME
Located at the east side of Santiago Island, a small island where we see the famous pinnacle rock of Bartolomé, moderate current, is a platform at about 10 meters (33ft) deep with enough variety of reef fishes. We also find the edge of this platform a submarine canyon from 15 meters (50ft) deep with chance encounters pelagic species, white tip shark fin, reef fish, barracuda, turtles, modula rays, stingrays and a variety of invertebrates and mollusks.

COUSINS ROCK
Located near Bartolomé Island. An islet with a wall dropping from the surface into the deepest depths, Cousins Rock is full of spectacular endemic young black corals and is home to a big area of sloping rock plates known as a "Planchonal".  There can be strong currents here. You may see reef fishes, rays, marine turtles, sea horses, morays, pelagic fishes, and, usually, hammerheads sharks

GORDON ROCKS
(Experience require 30 dives logged minimum)
This rock formation is a world famous dive site located on east side from Santa Cruz island. There can be strong currents and surge. The Gordon Rocks dive sites are mostly walls with a deep bottom. Reef fish, large pelagic fish, golden rays, sting rays, eagle rays, turtles, sea lions, endemic Galapágos fur seals, morays, invertebrates, white tip sharks, and Galápagos sharks can all be seen here. Hammerhead sharks are the main attraction, often appearing in large schools.

 INTRODUCTORY DIVE

This is our special adventure for visitors who want a first look at the underwater world. This dives are in tranquil waters. First, have an orientation with the instructor including a video and personal instruction with the dive equipment. Then learn what will happen in the water, and what you must or must not do for a safe dive. Your instructor will help you prepare for the dive and accompany you at every moment in the water. All you need is good health, swimming ability, and a little self confidence, the maximum depth is 10 meters (33 feet).

Galápagos & Ecuador Dive Central  /  Nauta Routes  /  Ecuador Multi-Sport
Foch 746 & Amazonas Ave. - Second floor, Phone: (593 2) 290 77 04 / (593 2) 603 98 49
 
info@galapagosdivingcentral.com Quito-Ecuador–Southamerica
Images and texts: Pablo Solis, All Rights Reserved

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