Wolf Island Liveaboard Diving
Remote Liveaboard Diving With Eagle Rays, Hammerheads, Galapagos Sharks And Sea Lions
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Liveaboard Diving At Wolf Island
Galapagos Wolf Island is only accessible by liveaboard dive boat as it’s 260km (163m) from Baltra Island and an overnight trip. The nutrient-rich currents off Wolf Island brings schools of hammerheads and Galapagos sharks, sea lions and whale sharks and provides some of the best diving in the world.
Wolf Island Galapagos 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.
What Marine Life Will You See At Wolf Island?
The marine life seen at Wolf Island include hundreds of schooling scalloped hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, tiger sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, marble rays, grouper, snapper, Almaco jack, wahoo, dolphins, large schools of pelagic fish including Pacific creole-fish, turtles, whale sharks and maybe manta rays.
The whale sharks arrive when the Humboldt Current is at its strongest, which is June to November.
Darwin and Wolf Island diving with hammerhead sharks
Table of Wolf Island Liveaboards
This list of 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 Wolf Island 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 Wolf Diving Know Before You Go
The following are answers to “Know Before You Go” questions about the Wolf Island liveaboard diving, Galapagos.
How Do You Get To Wolf Island Galapagos?
Wolf Island is only accessible to visitors by travelling on a scuba diving liveaboard, as the island is remote and involves an over-night cruise to get there. Wolf is about 260k (163m) from Baltra Island, or 370k (230m) from San Cristobal Island, and 150k (94m) from the north point of Isla Isabela.
Can Beginners Dive Galapagos Wolf Island?
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 Wolf Island Galapagos?
The best time to dive in Galapagos 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 Wolf Island Galapagos?
You will need a wetsuit to dive Galapagos and Wolf Island, 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 Wolf Island.
It is also recommended to bring a hood and gloves when you dive Galapagos Wolf Island, 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 Wolf Island?
Galapagos 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 Wolf Island Liveaboard?
If you suffer from motion sickness, you may get seasick on the liveaboard trip to Wolf Island due to the currents and surges in the region, which means conditions can be rough on the surface at Wolf Island.
How Long is The Trip To Wolf Island?
The trip to Wolf Island 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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