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Galapagos Scuba diving


Galapagos scuba diving

To visit these islands is an experience like none other - there is a mystical aura about them that captivates all visitors. Its remoteness, untouched landscape, native plants and animals and dramatic seascapes all combine to assure a most forgettable adventure. The Galapagos Islands possess a Marine Reserve of 133,000 Km2 in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The climate, marine currents and geographic isolation provide the necessary conditions for the submarine areas that shelter marine flora and fauna with unique and impressive characteristics.

The Galapagos Islands are a unique world class diving location. There are many magazines around the world that rate the Galapagos Archipelago among the worlds top diving destinations and one of the top five animal dives in the Pacific Basin, yet it remains relatively unknown among diving fans, it remains private, immaculate and relatively unexplored.

SUBMARINE CHARACTERISTIC

ROCKY BOTTOMS: The coast line of Galapagos Marine Reserve is greatly covered with rocky basalt bottoms of volcanic origins.

SANDY BOTTOMS: A great variety of invertebrates in-habit caves. The floors of these caves are composed of fine organic sediment or thick volcanic sand.

VERTICAL WALLS: Vertical submarine walls are sub-merged in the water at more than 70 m. These areas are refuges for a great number of species.

CORAL REEFS: In the northern islands, they are limited by the surges of cold water in the occidental coasts. They supply a heterogeneous habitat for a great number of species. The dry season takes place in the months of June to December, with sea surface temperature at less than 24° C. The days are somewhat cold and dry with the presence of drizzles.

Galapagos green turtle

During this time, winds are stroger and the seat ends to be agitated and have less visibility. Divers in Galapagos usually wear a full 6 mm wetsuits with a hood.  This much wetsuit requires quite a bit of lead weight in order to sink.  It is not unusual for a diver to require between 30 to 40 pounds of lead in order to sink.  Of course as the diver descends, the wetsuit compresses and the diver becomes negatively buoyant and must add air to the BC.  As the diver ascents, the air in the BC expands and the wetsuit uncompresses causing the diver to become positively buoyant. The diver must dump air from the BC. 

SPECIES AROUND THE MARINE RESERVE

Among the species that can be observed inside of the marine reserve we have megafauna: like Galapagos sharks, hammerhead and whitetip sharks, whale, manta rays, devil rays, and eagle rays, dolphins among others. And smaller especies like: sea urchins, starfish, corals, barnacles, lobster, damsels, mollusks, crustaceans, bright red starfish, sand dollars, bat fish, garden eels, snoring fish, surgeon pig, whitecaps, old fish, and blue saurel, among others.

SCUBA DIVING WETSUITS

It is necessary to wear a wetsiut between 5 to 7 mm thick. The diving operators generally include complete equipment in their packages, however if you desire to bring along your own equipment, the prices can be negotiated.

VISIBILITY

Visibility in the waters of Galapagos is between 5 and 25 meters. Generally, visibility is between 12 and 18 meters.

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