The Galapagos... a Diver's Dream Come True!

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 whaleshark… No doubt the Galapagos has some of the healthiest marine life of pacific ocean - this is why it is one of our top favorites!

Conservation

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

Dive briefing!

Marine life

  • National Park since 1959 and a UNESCO World Heritage.
  • The Galapagos 19 islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean, about 1000 km from the South American continent.
  • Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galapagos are a ‘melting pot’ of marine species: an abundant life ranging from corals to sharks to penguins to marine mammals.
  • No other site in the world showcases such a diversity of marine life forms.
  • 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.
  • Galapagos is one of the only places where pelagic species such as tunas, manta rays, and hammerhead sharks can be seen close to shore.
  • The diversity of underwater geomorphological forms produces a unique display, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Dive conditions

  • 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 meters
  • Water temperature: 21-30°C between December and May, 16-24°C between June and November.
  • Depth: shallow and deep dives

Dive sites

  • 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

The Team

  • Dive operator in the area since 2014
  • No dive course on board
  • Maximum 6 divers per instructor

Safety information

  • Equipment needed: 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.
  • Hyperbaric Chamber: nearest chamber is in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz island.

Prices and Dates

Departure and Arrival are from San Cristobal, in Galapagos Islands.

What’s included?

  • 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

What’s not included?

  • Additional fees, payable locally: US$100 Galapagos National Park Tax, payable on arrival at San Cristobal Airport and US$20 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

Visa, Flights & more!

Visa

  • 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.
  • Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the period you intend to stay.
  • 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.

More…

  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent and long clothes (dengue is present in the Galapagos), a rashguard, a warm sweater and a light weight rain jacket.
  • December to May has an average day time air temperature of 23°C with daily rain showers and cloudier skies.
  • June to November is drier, but with cooler temperatures - average of 21°C - with local rain showers generally confined to the highlands of the larger islands. Evening temperatures can drop to just 15°C so bring warm clothes.