Some say that to fully experience the world of the Galapagos islands, you have to travel beneath the surface. Currents bring very nutrition rich waters to the islands, creating an extremely diverse and rich animal life. Every year, the prospect of seeing hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, reef fish of all colours and shapes, rays and much more, brings divers from all over the world to the Galapagos islands.
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Dutch-born PADI-certified dive instructor Jan T. Post has been living and working in the Galapagos for the past 3 years. With more than 15 years of experience and 5 fluent spoken languages (English, French, Spanish, German and Dutch) your are in both good and able hands, whether becoming a PADI-certified diver or exploring the numerous world famous dive sites of the Galapagos. For more information on PADI courses visit www.padi.com
Some of the most visited sites in the Galapagos include:
ACADEMY BAY: this is the bay of Pt. Ayora on St. Cruz with a total of 5 dive sites. 3 of these are generally calm with little current, making them ideal for students or beginners. Dives at the remaining 2 sites tend to be a little more difficult, with stronger current, making them more suitable for intermediate or experienced divers. The sites usually offer rich opportunity to play with sea lions, watch various species of rays and fish, white tip reef sharks and experience exciting rock formations.
SANTA FÉ: this island is a solid structure of basaltic lava rocks within a relatively short traveling distance. The 4 dive sites here generally have excellent visibility and mild currents, making these sites ideal for beginners. At the same time, the animals and topography make them interesting for intermediate and experienced divers. You will usually see stingrays, eagle rays, garden eels, turtles, sea lion colonies, morays, pelagic fish, white tip reef sharks and even hammerheads.
BEAGLE ROCKS: this site consists of 3 exposed rocks located south of Santiago. This beginner/intermediate dive site starts on a platform on aprox. 12 m. (39 ft) and leads to a wall, covered with black coral and sea fans, that drops to more than 60 m. (197 ft) Pelagic species that can be observed include hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, mantas, small rays, turtles and sea lions.
PINZON: the small island of Pinzon is located on the west side of Santa Cruz Island. This beginner/intermediate dive site is on the east side where 2 tower-shaped rocks emerge. A wall covered in black coral drops to 10 m. (33 ft) and from there it’s a sandy slope that drops to more than 50 m. (164 ft). Species commonly observed include the red lipped bat fish, sea horses, sting rays, turtles and white tip reef sharks.
COUSINS ROCK: an islet with a wall dropping from the surface into the deepest depths, Cousins Rock is home to a big area of sloping rock plates known as a “Planchonal”. Strong currents can occur, separating the productive and unproductive sides of the dive site. Cousins is full of spectacular endemic young black corals and other sightings may include frogfish, fur seals, sea turtles, sea horses, and usually, hammerheads.
NORTH SEYMOR: this is an uplifted island of lava flow. There are 5 dive sites suitable for all levels of divers, although sometimes the currents can be strong. These sites have the most different species per square foot of sandy bottom. You will usually experience cleaning behavior, a large garden eel colony, sea turtles, sea lions, fur seals, eagle rays, yellow-tailed grunts, big-eyed jack, and frequently white tip reef sharks and hammerheads. Occasionally, Galapagos sharks can also be observed at this site.
FLOREANA: the island of Floreana is situated to the south of St. Cruz. There are a total of 9 dive sites with generally calm waters. The large variety of sites makes Florena ideal for divers of all levels. This site is one of the best in the central islands to see significant coral colonies, such as pebble coral and endemic black coral. You might encounter baby birds as they make unsuccessful attempts learning to fly. Also you may look on as barberfish clean sea turtles of parasites. In addition to this, Floreana is also one of the best sites to dive with sea lions. If that isn’t enough there is the enticing gauntlet of sea horses, stingrays, eagle rays, turtles, long nose hawkfish, barracudas, pelagic fish, white tip reef sharks, Galapagos sharks, and hammerheads.
DAPHNE: this is an isolated offshore tuff cone with vertical walls all around it. The main dive site is a shelf of boulders at about 20 m. (66 ft) and the diving can be difficult depending on the currents and surge. You will usually encounter many Galapagos sharks here, some schools of pelagic fish, and multicolored sponges on the rock wall.
GUY FAWKES: these 4 islets are located on the northwest side of St. Cruz Island. In general the ocean bottom descends in slopes, some almost vertical. The walls of the islets are eroded, full of cavities in some parts, and big rocks covered in black coral in others. At this intermediate site divers can observe pelagic species such as Galapagos sharks, white tip reef sharks, turtles, and a wide variety of reef fish and sea lions.
GORDON ROCKS: this tuff cone formation is a world famous dive site. There are 4 dive sites in the area, although only 2 are suitable for beginners. The other 2 sites are for intermediate and experienced divers as there can be strong currents and surge. The Gordon Rocks dive sites are mostly walls with a deep bottom. Blend in and blow few bubbles and you may be blessed with a hammerhead sighting! Hammerheads are the main attraction of Gordon Rocks, where they often conglomerate in large schools. You won’t be able to stop looking at this aquarium as you’re likely to also see reef fish, large pelagic fish, golden rays, stingrays, eagle rays, turtles and morays.