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Is Galapagos Good For Scuba Diving?

Is Galapagos Good For Scuba Diving?

Yes, the Galapagos Islands are considered one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world. The archipelago, located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador, is home to a unique and diverse marine ecosystem with many endemic species.

The Galapagos Islands are particularly known for their large marine animals, including whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, and various species of rays. The islands also offer a range of dive sites, from shallow reefs to deep water volcanic formations.

However, it’s important to note that diving in the Galapagos can be challenging due to strong currents and cold water temperatures. As such, it’s recommended that divers have advanced certification and experience. Additionally, the Galapagos National Park regulates diving in the area to ensure the protection of the unique marine environment, so it’s important to follow their rules and guidelines when diving in the area.

How difficult is diving in Galapagos?

Diving in Galapagos can be quite challenging, and it is generally recommended that divers have advanced certification and experience. Some of the factors that make diving in Galapagos challenging include strong currents, cold water temperatures, and limited visibility in certain areas.

The currents in Galapagos can be strong and unpredictable, which can make it challenging to maintain proper buoyancy and control your movements while diving. In addition, water temperatures in the area can range from about 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 24 degrees Celsius), which can be quite cold for some divers.

Finally, some dive sites in Galapagos may have limited visibility due to factors such as algae blooms or sedimentation.

That being said, many divers find the challenges of diving in Galapagos to be part of the adventure, and the unique marine life and stunning underwater landscapes make it a worthwhile destination for experienced divers.

It’s important to make sure you have the appropriate level of certification and experience for the dive sites you plan to visit, and to follow all safety guidelines and regulations set by the Galapagos National Park.

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Is Galapagos Good For Scuba Diving?

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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