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Important to know for dive in Galápagos

  • The official currency of Ecuador is the United States dollar.
  • Airlines to Galápagos, to Baltra Airport (North of Santa Cruz island and Puerto Ayora city) or San Cristobal airport in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno city at San Cristobal island are:

 

2014  

Airline

Quito-Galápagos-Quito

Guayaquil-Galápagos-Guayaquil

TAME

$638.31

$569.68

AVIANCA

$676.79

$621.20

LAN

$746.23

$697.36

Referential prices are subjet to change. You are permitted two pieces of check in luggage (preferably soft sided) weighing no more than 20 Kg /44 pounds.

  • Tax and Transit card $ 10.
  • The Galápagos National Park collects cash $100
  • All our diveguides are Dive Masters or Instructors English and Spanish speakers, certified by PADI, by the Galápagos National Park and by Ecuadorian Naval Army
  • Not all the Dive sites are for the same level of experience. There are sites for beginners, intermediates, and experts.
  • We usually consider beginners divers at 5 to 30 dives logged, intermediates 30 to 100, experienced more than 100.
  • For Darwin & Wolf sites require 40 dives logged, Gordon Rocks 30.
  • Minimum age to dive 12 years old.
  • Our dive limit is 30 meters or 100 feet
  • No one can dive alone.
  • Travel time between the dive sites and the dive bases are in accord to the dive boat you are.
  • The dive sites could be changed or cancelled depending on the weather or sea conditions.
  • Dives depend on the sea conditions (Currents, wind, visibility, temperature, surge and other variables). We can't promise that you will be able to see all the animals mentioned in our information.
  • Currents are unpredictable and may be negligible or up to 3 knots.
  • All the boats in Galapagos have a fix itinerary by National Park, only they can change it.
  • Spear fishing is forbidden by law.
  • The Galapagos Hyperbaric Chamber is in Puerto Ayora-Santa Cruz island.
  • Recommend to divers have to come with own personal life and dive insurance.
  • DAN diving insurance can be bought in Quito or Puerto Ayora-Galapagos.
  • Galápagos electrical current: 110 V AC, 60~

 

CLIMATE
(Into the global change)
There are two seasons: From January to June is the hot season.
Rains are most common early mornings in January. Water temp. 22 - 28°C (70 - 85F) Air temp. 25 - 30°C (78 - 88F) Strong sun and calm sea. Hottest month is March. From July to December there may be misty rains, water temp 16 - 22°C (60 - 70F) Air temp. 20 - 28°C (68 - 80F) Occasional clouds or overcast, light rains, and light chop at sea. The coldest month is September. There are no storms in Galapagos.
Average visibility is from 8 to 10 meters (25ft to 35ft); on good visibility days it can reach approximately 18 meters (60ft).

MARINE FAUNA
Main attraction are hammerheads, galapagos & white tip sharks. Sting, marbled, eagle & manta rays. Turtles, sea lions and marine iguanas.

REEF FISH INCLUDE: King Angelfish, Barberfish, Butterflyfish, Surgeonfish, Morays, Moorish Idol, Chub, Porgy, Halfbeak, Grunt, Black Striped Salema, Barred Pargo, Giant Damselfish, Panamic Sergeant Major, Panamic Graysby, Flag Cabrilla, Barred Serrano, Creole fish, Parrotfish, Snapper, Bacalao, Golden Grouper, Leather Bass, Wrasse, Streamer Hogfish, Cornetfish, Sea Horse, Blenny, Frogfish, Batfish, Flounder, Lizardfish, Scorpionfish, Hawkfish, Puffer, Balloonfish, Burrfish, Boxfish, Triggerfish, Goatfish and much more.

PELAGIC FISH INCLUDE: Bigeye jack, Tuna, Bonito, Sierra, Wahoo and more. Sometimes even marlin or sailfish. Unlike other places, the billfish come close to shore in Galápagos and are occasionally seen by divers. Whalesharks, and Mola-mola also are occasional visitors.

INVERTEBRATES INCLUDE: Octopus, three species of lobsters including the endemic slipper lobster, sea cucumbers, anemones, nudibranchs, sea urchins, starfish, sponges and corals.

DOLPHINS, WHALES, ORCAS AND GIANT MANTAS are common and might be seen on any of the trips.

REMEMBER: In Galápagos do not feed or touch animals.

GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK RULES (Land trips)

  • Always follow the marked trail and never leave it.
  • Do not touch the animals.
  • Do not take souvenirs from the islands.
  • Do not get too close to animals.
  • Do not litter.
  • Do not smoke on the islands.
  • Do not take food to the islands.
  • Clean your shoes' soles before disembarking in the islands. You may have carried some seeds endemic to one island and would not want to introduce them to another.
  • Always stay together with your group.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Cotton pants
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • A windbreaker or light sweater for evening or early morning
  • Hat: preferably that cover the ears
  • Lots of sunscreen lotion
  • Good walking shoes
  • Tevas or sandals
  • Sunglasses (with strap)
  • An extra pair of prescription glasses (if needed)
  • Small backpack to carry on land visits (for your camera and water)
  • Plastic bag to keep your camera or photographic equipment dry
  • Snorkeling gear (If have)
  • Medications (anything you might be using while your cruise)
  • Anti-seasickness scoop or tablets (if you are prone to sea sickness) Inquire
    with your physician  
  • Wet suit or skin for snorkeling (If have)
  • Binoculars (If need)
  • If you wear glasses, it is a good idea to bring contact lenses for diving and snorkeling
  • Insect repellent
As the sun in the equatorial latitude is quite strong, we suggest you wear sunscreen at all times. Make sure you protect your head, face, arms and legs while you are on the sun deck or during the visits to the islands. The guides will guide you appropriately with all water activities. 

 

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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