Galapagos Islands

Marine Iguana, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The marine reserve of the Galápagos’ Islands is one of the largest protected marine areas in the world with over 130,000 km². The marine life is abundant, with hundreds of different fish and other unique creatures such as marine iguanas. The currents are a mix of warm tropical waters and cold currents from the Antarctic, creating the most diverse diving in the world.

The main attraction in Galapagos are the large pelagics including schooling Hammerheads, Galapagos Sharks, Silky Sharks, Bullhead Sharks, Reef Sharks, Manta Rays, Mola Molas and Whale sharks. Sometimes you can spot Whales, Marlin, Dolphins and Orcas. Other marine life includes Golden- and Eagle Rays, Turtles, Moray, Sea Lions and Equatorial Penguins.

Beware that diving in Galápagos is for experienced divers: there can be strong currents, the waves are high and the water temperature can be chilly. Nevertheless, it is a unique experience that is on lots of diver’s lists.