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Scuba diving

Galapagos Islands, Scuba divingDiving in the Galapagos Islands is a unique adventure. The diving conditions are ruled by the convergence of six oceanic currents that allows for a large diversity in marine species, many of which are endemic. The specialized magazine Rodale's Scuba Diving has classified Galapagos as the best destination in the world for this activity.  Scuba diving charters have to be approved by the Ecuadorian National Park Service. Diving is available at all levels with certified dive masters (many guides speak English, but you should check). Scuba diving in the Galapagos is an amazing experience. It is extremely popular due to the amazing wildlife that you find on the island and in the water. Some of the marine animals that you may encounter here are whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, marine iguanas, seals, crabs, octopi, whales, sea turtles, and dolphins. There are many dive sites and dive boat operators, so it is fairly easy to go where you want, when you want. Dive conditions vary with the season

Snorkeling: Snorkeling in the Galapagos islands is an amazing adventure activity. The snorkeling possibilities in the Galapagos waters are endless. Playfull Sea Lions, Penguins, marine iguanas, colorful fish, marine turtles, rays, and even sharks are just part of the underwater life you will see while snorkeling. You can spend hours in the water enjoying the show! Snorkeling allows visitors to take a glimpse at this unique environment and learn about life under the sea. Snorkeling is frequently the favorite part of a visit to the Galapagos.

Surfing: Surfing in the Galapagos islands is a rather old activity practiced by locals and visitors. Surfing the Galapagos Islands is something you will remember for the rest of your life. You regularly surf with dolphins, sea lions, turtles and iguanas and it seems they love the surf in Galapagos as much as we do because you see them surfing along side of you all the time. The best season for Surfing the Galapagos Islands is from December through May, since this is the time period that the Galapagos Islands receives both north and south swells. However, there is good surf all year and the winds are also usually offshore.

kayaking in Galapagos Islandskayaking: With a sea kayak you can have much more fun on the areas that have been permitted its use. Only this way you'll be able to travel through the bends and inland waterways that usually hide surprises that otherwise will go unnoticed. Sea kayaking in Galapagos Paddle by playful sea lions, glide above white-tipped sharks, watch Blue-footed boobies plummet into the sea.

Hiking: Few to no places are open to free hiking in the Galapagos, though you can find a few adventure trails on San Cristobol and Santa Cruz. We recommend, though, for all hikes, to go with a Galapagos adventure guide. The Galapagos guides can point out the fascinating details of the islands, turning a beautiful activity hike into an encylopedic experience.

About Galapagos

Darwin Research Station

Darwin Research Station

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