Darwin And Wolf Island Liveaboard Diving
Remote Liveaboard Diving With Hammerheads, Galapagos Sharks, Whale Sharks, Mantas, Sea Lions & More
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Liveaboards Diving Darwin And Wolf Islands
Galapagos Darwin and Wolf Islands are only reached by liveaboard as Wolf Island is about 260k (163m) from Baltra Island and Darwin Island is a further 40k (24m).The trip by liveaboard is a 14-hour overnight cruise to this protected area that is home to hammerheads, Galapagos sharks and whale sharks.
Where Are Galapagos Darwin And Wolf Islands?
Galapagos Darwin and Wolf Islands are northwest of the main Galapagos archipelago, with Darwin Island 300k (188m) from Baltra Island and Wolf Island 260k (163m) from Baltra Island. The only way to dive these two remote islands is by Galapagos Liveaboard.
Galapagos Darwin And Wolf Islands
Liveaboard diving is the only way to dive Darwin and Wolf Islands. Divers on liveaboards to Darwin and Wolf Islands experience some of the best diving in the world at this protected marine park.
The island closest to THE Galapagos Archipelago is Wolf Island, with Darwin Island being the furthest away. But depending on the Galapagos liveaboard you choose will depend on whether you dive Wolf vs Darwin Island first, but on all liveaboard cruises you will always dive both islands.
Darwin Island Diving
Darwin Island is a remote island about 300 kilometres (188 miles) from Baltra Island, or 400 kilometres (250 miles) from San Cristobal Island, and 190 kilometres (119 miles) off the most northerly point of Isabela Island, which is why it’s an overnight cruise on a liveaboard.
Darwin Island is home to the famous schooling hammerheads, which are at their highest density in January each year. The most popular dive site at Darwin Island is “Darwin’s Arch“, nicknamed ‘the theatre‘, and no longer an arch and now called the “Darwin Pillars“, as this collapsed in 2022.
The Darwin Pillars are the most northerly visible land of the Galapagos archipelago, and about 40 kilometres (25 miles) north or Wolf Island.
Darwin Island diving with hammerhead sharks and a whale shark
Darwin Arch Dive with whale sharks
Wolf Island Diving
Liveaboard diving is the only way to dive Wolf Island. Divers on liveaboards to Wolf Island experience some of the best diving in the world at this protected marine park.
Wolf Island is a remote island about 260 kilometres (163 miles) from Baltra Island, or about 370 kilometres (230 miles) from San Cristobal Island, and about 150 kilometres (94 miles) off the most northerly point of Isabela Island, which is why it’s an overnight cruise on a liveaboard.
Wolf Island is home to the famous schooling hammerheads, which are at their highest density in January each year. The most popular dive site at Wolf Island is “El Derrumbe” which is on the southern east side of Wolf island.
El Derrumbe is a landslide and a boulder strewn reef where divers sit on the edge and watch schooling hammerheads, Galapagos sharks and the occasional whale shark swim past.
Ecuador created a marine sanctuary around Darwin and Wolf Islands in 2016 which covers 38,850 square kilometres (15,000 square miles). This marine sanctuary is off limits to all fishing, and is one of the key reasons why the sharks congregate around Wolf Island like they do.
Darwin and Wolf Island diving with hammerhead sharks
What Marine Life Will You See At Darwin And Wolf Islands?
The marine life seen at Darwin and Wolf Islands include hundreds of schooling scalloped hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, tiger sharks, eagle rays, marble rays, grouper, snapper, Almaco jack, wahoo, dolphins, large schools of pelagic fish, turtles, sea lions, whale sharks and maybe manta rays.
The whale sharks arrive when the Humboldt Current is at its strongest, which is June to November.
Table of Darwin And Wolf Island Liveaboards
This list of Darwin and Wolf Island liveaboards is in descending customer rating order, so the liveaboards with the highest customer rating will be at the top of the list. To filter this table for the features that are important for your Darwin and Wolf Islands liveaboard trip, select from the list of filters below.
|Discover Liveaboard||Customer Reviews||Price Per Day|
|Review: MV Tiburon Explorer; Book: MV Tiburon Explorer||9.7 Exceptional||from £612; $747; €698|
|Review: MV Galapagos Sky; Book: MV Galapagos Sky||9.5 Exceptional||from £708; $864; €807|
|Review: MV Calipso; Book: MV Calipso||9.4 Superb||from £658; $803; €750|
|Review: MV Galapagos Aggressor III; Book: MV Galapagos Aggressor III||9.1 Superb||from £580; $708; €661|
|Review: MY Aqua; Book: MY Aqua||9 Superb||from £457; $558; €521|
|Review: MV Humboldt Explorer; Book: MV Humboldt Explorer||8.9 Fabulous||from £489; $597; €557|
|Review: MV Galapagos Master; Book: MV Galapagos Master||8.6 Fabulous||from £459; $560; €523|
Note: The above “Price Per Day” was correct at the time of producing this article, as was the exchange rate used to convert the GBP cost to US Dollars and Euros. For an up-to-date cost for your chosen liveaboard, please visit the “Book” link above.
The Galapagos Darwin And Wolf Islands Liveaboard Diving Know Before You Go
The following are answers to “Know Before You Go” questions about the Darwin and Wolf Islands liveaboard diving, Galapagos.
Can Beginners Dive Galapagos Darwin And Wolf Islands?
Beginner divers can dive in Galapagos, but they cannot dive the best dive sites like Darwin and Wolf Islands where most of the spectacular marine life is found, including schooling hammerheads and Galapagos sharks. You need a PADI Open Water certificate or equivalent as a minimum to dive here.
What Is The Best Time To Dive Darwin And Wolf Islands Galapagos?
The best time to dive in Galapagos Darwin and Wolf Islands for the most schooling hammerheads is January to April, and for whale sharks is between June and December. For more information please read this article: When is The Best Time to See Hammerheads in Galapagos Islands.
Is Diving In Galapagos Cold?
The sea temperatures around Galapagos can get cold, which can be as low as 21°C (69.8°F), so you may need a 5-7mm wetsuit when it’s this cold and maybe even a drysuit if you’re particularly sensitive to the cold.
Should You Bring a Wetsuit To Dive Darwin And Wolf Islands Galapagos?
You will need a wetsuit to dive Galapagos and Darwin and Wolf Islands, as water temperatures range between 16-30°C (60.8-86°F), but there are cold 16-18°C (60.8-65°F) thermoclines, so a thick wetsuit is needed year-round. You will need a 5-7mm wetsuit, or better still a drysuit, to dive Darwin and Wolf Islands.
It is also recommended to bring a hood and gloves when you dive Galapagos Darwin And Wolf Islands, to keep you warm and the gloves will protect your hands when grabbing hold of rocks to avoid being washed away in the currents.
The park laws of the Galapagos Islands National Park and Marine Reserve do not permit reef hooks to be used, which is why you will need to use your hands.
The park rules also forbid spear fishing, feeding the fish, collecting any souvenirs like shells and underwater scooters or DPV units.
For a guide about wetsuits and water temperature, please read this article: Wetsuit Temperature Guide Scuba Diving.
How Hard Is Diving Galapagos Darwin And Wolf Islands?
Galapagos Darwin and Wolf Island diving can be hard as there are strong to moderate currents to contend with, which may require you to hold on to rocks so you do not drift away in the current. There are also surges that can cause difficulties during your safety stop, plus the sea state can be choppy too.
Will You Suffer Sea Sickness On Darwin And Wolf Island Liveaboards?
If you suffer from motion sickness, you may get seasick on the liveaboard trip to Darwin and Wolf Island due to the currents and surges in the region.
How Long is The Trip To Darwin And Wolf Island?
The trip to Darwin and Wolf Islands on a Galapagos liveaboard takes around 14-15 hours, and is an overnight cruise. The time it takes may vary, and the trip time depends on the departure starting point, which is usually the last dive site before starting the sail, and on weather conditions and sea state.
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