Dive Summery

Visibility – Tides, current and surge all affect water clarity inside the Archipelago, the South of Galapagos is mostly influence by Humboldt cold water current coming from Peru; but it averages 10-21 meters/35-70 feet and can hit a high of 30 meters/100 feet. Outside the reef, visibility averages a reliable 18-30 meters/60-100 feet.

Water Temperature – The Humboldt Current's influence brings cold waters especially during the misty, rainy season (cool weather) from July to December. "El Niño" current may bring warm waters to the Galapagos and will make the surface warmer and rainfall increase (January to June). The water temperature varies during the year, from January to June: from 70°F (21°C) to 80°F (27°C) and from July to December: from 65°F (18°C) to 75°F (23°C)

Weather – In general, the Galapagos climate is divided into two seasons, the warm wet season from January to May or June, and the cool dry season from June or July to December.  The seasons are not exactly fixed and weather conditions are changeable around the ends of the seasons.  Note that the "wet" season is still drier than many places in the world.  See the foot of the page for monthly temperatures and rainfall.

Featured Creatures – sea lions, penguins, seals, eagle rays, marine iguanas, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, turtles, golden rays and whale sharks is a phenomenal experience. These encounters, which are at once educational and exciting, make the appeal of the archipelago obvious.

Recommended Training – Advance Open Water, we recommend at least 30 log-dives. Performance Buoyancy courses will help you capture images that show the beauty of the diving spot. 

Dive Itinerary

SUNDAY AM Pta. Cormorant PM Islote champion
MONDAY AM Seymour Canal PM Daphne Minor
TUESDAY AM Gordon Rocks PM Seymour channel
WEDNESDAY AM Seymour NE Zone PM South Mosquera
THURSDAY AM Gordon Rocks PM Gordon Rocks
FRIDAY AM North Mosquera PM Daphne Minor
SATURDAY AM Daphne Minor PM Seymour channel

Dive site descriptions

ACADEMY BAY – Beginner/ Intermediate. Easy diving with a Little current: Sea lions. Sting rays, star fish, octopus, and reef fish.

Gordon's Rock - Advanced dive: Stronger currents with school of hammerhead, Galapagos sharks, spotted Eagle rays, morays eels. This is considered to be one of the better sites in the central region of the Galapagos Archipelago. It is in fact the remains of a crater measuring about 100 meters in diameter and is located to the north of the Plaza islands

This is another site where the conditions will remind you why the Galapagos is not a beginner diver destination. Surge and current can be strong here and it is often referred to locally as ‘the washing machine’. Yet the marine life seems to love the conditions, as evidenced by the sheer number of creatures. Hammerhead sharks, often seen in impressive sized schools, normally steal the headlines here. However there is a supporting cast including eagle rays, Galapagos sharks, manta rays, turtles and an exceptional amount of fish.

Champion Island – Champion Islet is located Northeast of Floreana and Soutwest of Enderby. Champion is a great place for watching sea turtles, sea lions, schooling fish and coral. Depth ranges from 6 – 40+ meters (20 – 130+ feet) and visibility averages 9 – 24 meters (30 – 80 feet)- Current is moderate and usually comes from the Southeast. Surge is moderate.

FLOREANA – Intermediate. Several options to dive like Champion and Cormorant Point. Ref fish and sharks , sea lions sea turtles Galapagos Gardner eels , sea urchins , star fish , corals , sea horses.

Pta. Cormorant – Punta Cormorant is located on the north coast of Floreana. It is the best place to visit, offers excellent sand beaches of different colors and one of the largest gaps of flamingos in the Galapagos Islands. Punta Cormorant has a volcanic origin has craters that house reefs provide one of the best places for swimming and snorkeling.

Daphne Minor – Intermediate. Fantastic wall and cave diving. Daphne Minor is next to Islas Daphne and is located in Galápagos, Ecuador. Daphne Minor has a length of 0.9 kilometers.

North Seymour – Intermediate. Big animals like sea lions, hammerhead and manta rays. The area is not very deep (about 20m) but sometimes there is quite a lot of current. You start from the eastern corner and following the major currents, you dive relatively fast over the rock plateau. Galapagos sharks cruise around and there are fish everywhere. There is a large sandy area at 15m with a large colony of endemic garden eels.

Mosquera – Intermediate. Schools of Garden eels, reef sharks, Eagle rays, and sea lions. This is a sandy islet which lies north to south in a shallow area between Baltra and Seymour. There’s a cleaning station at about 15 m where snappers are in abundance and hammerheads may gather. The large colony of garden eels often has a large field of cushion stars beyond.