Why we love it
The Galapagos probably have the most spectacular diving on the planet: schools of hammerheads at Darwin's Arch, Galapagos sharks and eagle rays at Wolf Island, giant manta rays at Cabo Marshall, schooling fish in their thousands… Macro life is amazingly rich too with sea horses, nudibranch, hawkfish and frogfish. Sea iguanas, speedy penguins and playful sea lions are also frequently seen at the Galapagos, what a sight! With some luck, you may even see a mola-mola or a whale shark… No doubt the Galapagos has some of the healthiest marine life of pacific ocean - this is why it is one of our top favorites!
The Siren Foundation makes charitable donations to various marine NGO's and charities worldwide. They also run trips in conjunction with the NGOs Reef Check and Lamave (Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines) for research, education and fund raising.
Who is it for?
For passionate experienced divers. Strong currents attract the pelagic, this is why most sites are challenging. Minimum of 50 logged dives required. Other activities: discovery of islands by walk
Prices and Dates
Departure and Arrival are from San Cristobal, in Galapagos Islands.
- 7 or 10 nights cruise, in a twin shared accommodation basis with air conditioning and en-suite bathroom
- Towels and deck towels
- The menu aboard offers a delicious combination of International and Asian cuisine. Water, coffee, tea, fruit juices, soft drinks, a selection of snacks and fresh fruits.
- Up to 4 guided dives per day, weather and itinerary permitting
- Aluminium tanks, SMB, weight belt and weights.
- Two land excursions
- Additional fees, payable locally: Galapagos National Park Tax, payable on arrival at San Cristobal Airport and Ingala Transfer Card, payable on arrival at Guayaquil or Quito Airport
- Rental dive equipment, Nautilus lifeline, Nitrox
- Alcoholic drinks: wine, beers, cocktails
- Tips for the crew
- Flight tickets and overnight-stays at hotels
- Galapagos Marine Reserve, established in 1998, is the second-largest marine preserve in the world
- The Marine Reserve has been added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001 (an expansion from the Galapagos National Park which was recognized in 1978)
- Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galapagos are a “melting pot” of marine species: the extraordinary diversity of marine life is unmatched anywhere else in the world
- Nearly 20% of marine life in Galapagos is endemic, found nowhere else on earth, such as the world’s only marine iguana and the most northern-living penguin
- Due to the island topography, pelagic species such as tuna, manta ray, and hammerhead shark can be seen extremely close to the shoreline
- The diversity of underwater terrain is exceptional and cannot be found anywhere else in the world
- Season: December to May is when manta rays are more commonly sighted. Warmest season but also expect daily rain showers and cloudier skies. June to November is when the Humboldt current comes up from the south, bringing with it plankton and making this the best time for seeing whale sharks. Cooler temperatures with occasional showers.
- Currents: strong to very strong
- Visibility: 10 to 20 m (30 to 66 ft)
- Water Temperature: 21° to 30°C (70° to 86°F) from December to May and 16° to 24°C (61° to 75°F) between June and November.
- Depth: shallow and deep dives
On a typical day we offer up to 4 day dives.
A total of 18-20 dives for a 7-night itinerary.
Up to 30 dives for the 10-night itinerary.
No night dive in the Galapagos.
Note that to allow you to explore the Galapagos to its fullest, on days 2, 7 and 10, dives 3 and 4 will be substituted by island visits at North Seymour, Santa Cruz or Isla Isabela.
Dive sites vary depending on the length you choose:
7 days: Punta Carrion, Baltra North East, Darwin's Arch, Wolf, Punta Vicente Roca, Cousin Rock, Los Gemelos
10 days: Punta Carrion, Darwin's Arch, Wolf, Roca Redonda, Punta Vicente Roca, Cabo Douglas, Cabo Marshall, Cousin Rock, Los Gemelos
- Dive operator in the area since 2014
- No dive course on board
- Maximum 6 divers per instructor
- Equipment Recommended: a 7 mm long wetsuit, a dive computer, an SMB, dive gloves, a reef hook, and the usual diving equipment. Wetsuit, Aqualung BCD and regulator, mask and fins can be rented on board.
- Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend Dive Assure that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
- Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz island
Visas, flights, and more!
- You must have a valid passport to enter Ecuador, and a return ticket
- Most citizens do not require a visa to stay in Ecuador for up to 90 days
- Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the period you intend to stay
- Always check the current visa policy that applies for your country
How to get there
- You need to first go to Quito, at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Ecuador. Plan to arrive at least 1 day before the cruise departure.
- Take a domestic flight from Quito to San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands.** The flight AV1630 leaves at 10:10am.
- Most international flights will anyway arrive into Quito after the domestic connection to San Cristóbal has departed, making an overnight stay a necessity.
- In all cases, we recommend to spend an additional night before and after the trip to ensure you do not miss any connection and are well-rested before diving.
- Bring sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent and long clothes (dengue is present in the Galapagos), a rash guard a warm sweater and a light weight rain jacket.
- December to May has an average day time air temperature of 23°C (73°F) with daily rain showers and cloudier skies.
- June to November is drier, but with cooler temperatures - average of 21°C (70°F) - with local rain showers generally confined to the highlands of the larger islands. Evening temperatures can drop to just 15°C (59°F) so bring warm clothes.