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Galapogas Dive Sites

DARWIN ISLAND

Often coined “the best dive site in the world”, Darwin Island is an underwater circus with stars like whale sharks, hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, pods of dolphins, and a few killer whales and tiger sharks making guest appearances!

* Darwin´s Arch is an impressive 15 m (50 ft) lava arch. A fast descent in current, where you will then grab onto the rocks below
   and basically be a spectator to the stuff blowing past!
* Animals: whale sharks, hammerheads, giant schools of yellow fin tuna and jacks, rays, silky sharks and octopi!
* Area: 0.4 sq. mi
* Highest Point: 551 ft

** El Arco

This is the most famous dive site in the Galapagos Islands and recognized as one of the best dive sites in the world! Whale sharks and schools of hammerheads and dolphins play in the waters. Accessible only by dive liveaboards, Darwin Island is an underwater Disneyland.

** Highlights: Whale sharks, hammerhead cleaning station, turtles, pods of dolphins, countless schools of fish, Galapagos sharks,
     silky sharks
** Experience required: Minimum 50 dives and experience in current, cold water and surge Depth: 9-40+ M (20-130+ ft)
** Currents: moderate to very strong Water
** Temp: Dec - April: 24- 28 C (76 – 82 F ) / May – Nov: 22- 26 C (72 – 78 F )
** Thermoclines: Variable but generally around 20 m (65 ft)
** Difficulty: Advanced
** Visibility: 12-24 m (40-80 ft)
** Interesting facts: Divers from around the world come to the "theater": hold still to the rocks, and watch the show swim past
     you in the blue

** El Arenal

An underwater sloping sand “driveway” of Darwin's Arch  teeming with amazing marine life.  Stick with your expert guide who can show you the safest and best routes in the currents.

** Highlights: hammerhead sharks and cleaning station, schools of big-eyed jacks, blacktip sharks and whale sharks
** Experience required: Minimum 50 dives and experience in current, cold water and surge
** Depth: 14-37 m (46-121 ft)
** Currents: moderate to strong
** Water Temp:Dec - April: 24- 28 C  (76 – 82 F ) / May – Nov: 22- 26 C  (72 – 78 F )
** Thermoclines: variable
** Difficulty: advanced
** Visibility: 12-24 m (40-80 ft)
** Interesting facts: A great place to hang out and watch the action fly past

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WOLF ISLAND

Serious divers will find some serious diving here! Wolf is bustling with the big stuff and lots of it! Schools of hammerheads and Galapagos sharks meet up with barracudas and moray eels to offer the diver a spectacular view with every bubble!

* Reaching a maximum of 253 m (830 ft), Wolf Island is an extinct volcano that is fascinating above and below sea level
* Animals: Big schools of sharks, tuna, and hundreds of moray eels clutter the various sites. Sea lions and turtles accompany divers
   past spotted eagle rays, dolphins and the occasional whale shark as well
* Area: 0.5 sq. mi
* Highest Point: 830 ft

** El Derrumbe, La Ventana, La Banana, Shark Point

Wolf Island is located in the extreme northern part of the archipelago. There are no land visits to this island, and it is only visited by live-aboard dive ships. This is a dive site only for experienced divers. The surge is heavy, currents can be quite strong, and visibility is often limited. Some very impressive and large animals such as whale sharks, hammerheads and dolphins are spotted here.

** Highlights: Whale sharks, hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, dolphins
** Activities: Diving

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SAN CRISTOBEL ISLAND

San Cristobal is home to a small town, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, and the Junco Lagoon, located 700 meters above sea level. El Junco has been the object of a study in which the sediments on the bottom of the lake were analyzed to uncover information about the vegetation and climate of the archipelago thousands of years ago.

** Tijeretas Hill

A wall dive filled with green sea turtles hiding amongst large uneven rocks, and a sandy bottom filled with rays and Galapagos garden eels. Friendly sea lions will generally accompany you as well.

** Highlights: The good visibility allows for great photos of the schools of grunts, angel fish, and the occasional manta. Playful sea
     lions chase each other and diver's bubbles!
** Experience: Open water
** Depth: 5-22 m (16-72 ft)
** Currents: Minimal to moderate
** Water Temp: 16- 25 C (61-77 F), depending on season and weather conditions
** Thermoclines: Yes
** Difficulty: Beginner
** Visibility: 10-15 m (33-49 ft)
** Unique Animals: Galapagos garden eel, Galapagos grunt
** Interesting facts: Also called “Frigate Bird Hill”, this is one of the few islands sites where both the great and magnificent frigate
     birds can be found roosting side by side.

** Kicker Rock

Kicker Rock is made up of two rocks jutting out of the water. Diving between these rocks, and following an incline of boulders, divers will have the chance to see a variety of wrasses, surgeonfish, angelfish, starfish, and possibly Galapagos sharks and hammerhead sharks.

** Highlights: The current between the two rocks can sweep some rather interesting stuff past, such as sea turtles, large rays,
     and the occasional hammerhead and Galapagos shark.
** Experience: Minimum 30 logged dives, and experience with surge and current
** Depth: 18 m (60 ft) average diving depth
** Currents: Minimal to moderate; light surge
** Water Temp: 17C-23C / 63F-73F, depending on the season and special conditions
** Thermoclines: Moderate possibility
** Difficulty: Intermediate
** Visibility: 9-15 m (30-50 ft)
** Unique Animals: Galapagos marine iguanas
** Interesting facts: Kicker Rock was duly named because of its resemblance (above water!) to a boot!

** Lobos Island

One of the many islets that pepper the archipelago, this one is named for the mass amounts of sea lions that invade the area. Often used as a check-out dive site, Lobos Island is a sweet dive filled with star fish, rays, various fish, turtles, eagle rays, and sometimes marine iguanas.

** Highlights: Sea lions by the dozens!
** Experience: Open water diver, with a minimum of 10 dives
** Depth: 3-10 m (10-33 feet)
** Water Temp: 17C-23C / 63F-73F, depending on the season and special conditions
** Currents: Light
** Thermoclines: Not generally
** Difficulty: Beginner
** Visibility: 6-12 M (20 -40 ft)
** Unique Animals: Galapagos garden eel, many endemic fish
** Interesting facts: The sea lions here welcome you to Galapagos with friendly under water games of hide and seek, tag, and
     “pull the fin!”

** Five Fingers Islets

Just off the western shores of San Cristobal Island, Five Fingers is a dive spot where lots of schools of fish come out to play along with the feeding marine iguanas!

** Highlights: There's no where else in the world that you can find marine iguanas diving alongside you! Wahoo, wrasse, and
     jacks also accompany you
** Experience: Advanced open water
** Depth: Average dive depth of 20 m (66 ft)
** Currents: Minimal
** Water Temp: 16- 25 C (61-77 F), depending on season and weather conditions
** Thermoclines: None
** Difficulty: High beginner to intermediate
** Visibility: 10-15 m (33-49 ft)
** Interesting facts: A popular spot for the harlequin wrasse

** Whale Rock

At this drift dive site just northwest of San Cristobal, you can find sea turtles and rays mingling with big schools of fish. A cave offers up some interesting exploring.

** Highlights: Big schools of fish, sea turtles, a variety of rays, stone scorpion fish
** Experience: Open water diver
** Depth: 5-26 m (16-85 ft)
** Currents: Moderate
** Water Temp: 18-26 C (64-78 F), depending on the season and weather conditions
** Thermoclines: None
** Difficulty: Beginner
** Visibility: 10-15 m (33-49 ft)

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SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Home to the largest town in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora, the Island has a large variety of vegetation. Pit craters, Scalesia Forest, cacti and ferns are found in its vegetation zones. The island is comprised of a younger part formed by volcanic cones and lava and an older narrow strip of land formed by uplifted lava flows and tuffs.

** Guy Fawkes South

A sloping wall dive with eroded-out cave like formations.

** Highlights: Galapagos sharks, sea horses peeking out, variety of reef fish, morays
** Experience required: Minimum 35 dives
** Depth: 5-24 m (16-79ft)
** Currents: Minimal
** Water Temp: 20-26 C (68-78F), depending on the season and conditions
** Difficulty: Intermediate
** Visibility: 15-20 m (49-66ft)
** Interesting facts: The tuft cones create a protected area for diving with minimal current

** Camaño Islet

A shallow dive in Academy Bay with a rocky and sandy bottom.

** Highlights: Bat fish, groupers, sea lions, snappers, seahorses and garden eels
** Experience required: Open water certification, or students with instructor
** Depth: 15 m (49 ft)
** Currents: None to minimal
** Water Temp: 17-23C (63-73F), depending on the season and special conditions
** Thermoclines: None
** Difficulty: All levels
** Visibility: 10-15 m (33-49 ft)
** Endemic Animals: Galapagos garden eels, Galapagos marine iguanas

** Gordon Rocks

Located within a volcanic crater, this dive site is definitely not for beginners. With several pinnacles of rock, and often super strong currents blowing between these, the various currents can make this dive a tricky one. Famous for its hammerhead sightings, other amazing life is found here, like sting rays, manta rays, turtles and moray eels.

** Highlights: Schools of hammerhead sharks
** Activities: Minimum advanced open water and 30 dives recommended. Experience in currents and surges.
** Depth: 7 m to 40 m (23 ft-131 ft). Average: 15 m to 30 m (49 -98 ft)
** Currents: Strong
** Average Water Temp: 17C-23C / 63F-73F
** Thermoclines: Moderate possibility
** Difficulty: Moderate possibility
** Visibility: 7-20 meter average
** Interesting facts: This partially submerged volcanic tuff cone has been referred to as “The Washing Machine” because of its
     strong currents. Oftentimes divers must grab hold of the rocky bottom or slope, and hold on, or crawl “front crawl style” in the
     direction of the dive plan.

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