Top 5 Galapagos liveaboards

The Galapagos islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 km off the coast of Ecuador. These volcanic islands, recognize as UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, were declared National Park of Ecuador and are the second largest Marine Reserve in the world. In its waters merge the cold marine Humboldt Current, the warm stream of Panama and the current of Cromwell, which grants to Galapagos great marine diversity. In Galapagos we can spot penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas, giant tortoises and dive with sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins, 7 species of sharks including hammerhead sharks, and biggest whale sharks you can find diving anywhere in the world. In fact Galapagos is considered the best diving destination in the world.

The Galapagos liveaboards are just a few but great 🙂 Most of the Galapagos liveaboards accommodate up to 16 divers and there you can find some of the best and well equipped liveaboards in the world. Being the Top 1 diving destination in the world, a place where divers from all over the planet dream of diving at least once in their life and easily accesible from the Americas, you can imagine that if you want to dive there you have to book in advance, at least 9 months. There are diving safaris operating all year long with routes from 7/10 days to 14 nights with diving safaris prices ranging from USD 2,500 to USD 6,000.

We recommend you 5 great liveaboards to dive in Galapagos. Check availability, upcoming departures, boat and cabins features and book online at the best with the guarantee of PADI and its global online travel agency.

Is really diving in Galapagos THAT good?

Galapagos diving season

  • From June to November takes place the dry season: the water is colder, between 16º C to 24 ºC but there are better chances of diving with whale sharks and big schools of other pelagic creatures.
  • From December to May takes place the wet season: the water is warmer, between 21º C to 30 ºC and the visibility is much better. During the wet season is when the sights of huge schools of hammerhead sharks and eagle rays takes place.

Actually, you cannot say that there is a better moment to dive in Galapagos, the two seasons are amazing and you probably will have the best dive trip of your life 🙂 Is important to notice that the water is cold, quite cold, so is recommended to wear at least a 7 mm wetsuit with a hoodie and also could be a good idea to take your dry suit with you to Galapagos.

What diving certification do you need to dive in Galapagos?

Galapagos is not for beginners. The diving in Galapagos is pretty demanding, with strong currents, cold water and deep dives so it is only suitable for advanced divers with experience.

Flights to Galapagos / Ecuador

Getting to Galapagos from Ecuador is relatively easy. Most flights are around a 2-hour transit from Guayaquil and Quito which both have international airports. The most frequent flights are with airlines LAN and Avianca. The most important thing is that after booking your dive cruise you confirm with the agent or the cruise staff the time limit of arrival at the boat and airport to which you are flying.

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