Diving in Galapagos is cold, especially June to December when the seas are cooled by the cold Humboldt Current that comes from the Antarctica. But even when the seas in the Galapagos warm, there are still cold thermoclines that make it cold to dive, which is why it’s best to dive in a 5-7mm wetsuit
Galapagos diving conditions are changeable with moderate to strong currents, which on some dives you may need to grab hold of rocks to avoid drifting away, visibility varies from 9-30m (30-100f), you may encounter surges and surface conditions may be rough at times depending on time of year.
The diving in the Galapagos islands can be difficult, as currents range between moderate to strong, and you may experience surges too that can create challenges for your safety stop. Some dives in Galapagos have such strong currents that you may need to grab hold of rocks to avoid drifting away.
You can dive the Galapagos as a beginner diver, but the most spectacular sites like Darwin and Wolf Island are off limits for beginners, as dive conditions are too challenging. You should get certified as an Advanced Open Water diver before diving the Galapagos, and log at least 50 dives beforehand.
You will need a 3mm wetsuit in Galapagos for snorkelling the warmer months and a 5mm wetsuit in the cooler months, but if you dive the Galapagos you will need a 7mm wetsuit or a drysuit and a hood year-round, as diving can be cold and there are cold thermoclines too.
When choosing a liveaboard, you first need to decide on a destination, and then check customer reviews for liveaboards with itineraries to this place. Once your search has been reduced to liveaboards with acceptable reviews, narrow your search further to include liveaboards within your price range.
The best time of year to scuba dive Galapagos is June through October, as the nutrient rich waters results in an explosion of marine life including giant mantas, turtles, eagle rays, large fish schools, whales, sea lions and larger numbers of hammerheads and seeing the arrival of adult whale sharks.
April is the best time to scuba dive Komodo, as you get 30+m (100f) visibility, still good for mantas, a good time to dive north and central Komodo dive sites, calm seas, the start of dry season and a good time to see Komodo dragons. But for mantas, then January through March is the best time.
Diving in the Red Sea is safe, but only when you follow normal safe diving practices and only when you dive to your level of certification and experience. Safety considerations when diving the Red Sea include diving in currents, scuba diving with sharks and other sea creatures, plus night diving.
To get from Los Angeles to Galapagos, first book a flight from Los Angeles LAX Airport to Ecuador’s Guayaquil Airport. Then book an internal flight from Guayaquil to Seymour Airport on Baltra Island or San Cristobal Airport on San Cristobal Island depending on your liveaboard departure port.
To get from Ecuador to Galapagos book an internal flight from Guayaquil airport to Seymour Airport on Baltra Island or San Cristobal Airport on San Cristobal Island depending on your liveaboard departure port. You can also book a flight from Quito airport in Ecuador to Galapagos going via Guayaquil.
The best way to improve buoyancy control is to use your buoyancy control device effectively, master your breathing and perfect your weights. Maintaining a better body position and fine tuning your finning technique also helps, but one of the best ways to improve buoyancy control is to dive more.