GALAPAGOS DIVING SITES

Floreana

Location: South of Santa Cruz Island, 3 possible dive sites, 1 hour and a half way from our base.

Site Conditions: Normally this site does not present strong currents. This is a reef dive where corals and sponges can be found. What to see: Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, barracudas, variety of invertebrates.

What to see: Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, barracudas, variety of invertebrates.


Gordon Rocks

Location: North-east of Santa Cruz island, 2 dive sites located 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz island).

Site Conditions: This rock formation is a world renowned site, for intermediate and advanced divers due to the strong currents and surge.

What to see: Hammerhead shark, Cleaning station, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, mobulas, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eel, barracudas, variety of invertebrates.


Batholome

Location: Located east of Santiago Island, a small island with the famous Bartholomew pinnacle, 2 dive sites located at 1 hour and a half from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island).

Site Conditions: Moderate currents. A platform is found at approximately 10 meters where a variety of reef fishes reside. On the edge of this platform there are underwater cliffs which start at about 15 meters deep with good probabilities to observe pelagic species.

What to see: White tip reef shark, reef fishes, barracudas, turtles, mobulas, sting rays, variety of invertebrates.


Cousins

Location: North-east of Santiago island near Bartholomew island, 1 islet, 2 dive sites located at 1 hour and a half from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz island).

Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site; this is partly a reef dive, partly a wall dive where the endemic black coral is found.

What to see: Cleaning station, sea horses, barracudas, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, variety of invertebrates. At surface interval penguins can be observed.


North Seymour

Location: North of Santa Cruz Island, 2 dive sites located 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island).

Site Conditions: For all levels of divers, although sometimes there can be strong currents, platform reefs with a diversity of species.

What to see: Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, hammerhead shark, mobulas, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eel, barracudas, variety of invertebrates.


Beagle

Location: South of Santiago Island, 3 exposed rocks, 2 dives sites located at 1 hour and a half from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island) .

Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site, reef dive with many corals and sponges .

What to see: Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, barracudas, manta rays, variety of invertebrates and probably solitary hammerhead sharks.


Daphne

Location: North of Santa Cruz Island, an exposed rock, one dive site located 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island).

Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site, rocky and sandy bottom.

What to see: here we find a small cave (this is NOT a cave dive) where white tip ref. sharks rest, additionally there is a pinnacle where we find a diversity of rays, Galápagos shark, turtle, ref. fishes, barracudas, black coral walls and variety of invertebrates.


Santa Fe

Location: South of Santa Cruz Island, 3 possible dive sites located at 1 hour by boat away from our base.

Site Conditions: Generally there is good visibility and calm currents, ideal for beginners although the topography and fauna can be interesting for intermediate divers.

What to see: Cleaning station, reef fishes, garden eels, sting rays, eagle rays, turtles, Morays eels, sea lions, white tip reef shark, and variety of invertebrates.


Mosquera

Location: North of Santa Cruz Island between Seymour Island and Baltra Island, this is an islet that emerges from the sea (sand bar), one dive site located 25 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz island).

Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site, sandy bottom between 15 and 18 meters with garden eels and pelagic species, there is also a wall that starts at 18 meters where we also find black coral and variety of invertebrates.

What to see: Hammer head sharks, black tip reef shark, white tip reef shark, sea lions, turtles, barracudas, ref. fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, mobulas,Galápagos eel, variety of invertebrates.