Ecuador is a scuba divers paradise packed with species found nowhere else on Earth. The area features heavy current and nutrient rich waters that attract major pelagic action.
Divers can take advantage of everything this region has to offer from gazing at large shoals of hammerheads and the awkwardly graceful mola mola is a once in a lifetime experience. Large groups of giant manta rays, whales and dolphins are commonly seen here during the right season.
With as much to discover under the water as there is above, it’s no wonder than most divers dream of exploring underwater Ecuador at least once in their lifetime.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Most international travelers will arrive in Ecuador at one of two airports, either Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito or José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil. It is also possible to enter into Ecuador by bus from surrounding South American countries.
In order to travel around the country, buses, rental cars and domestic flights are available. To reach the Galapagos, a flight or overnight boat journey is necessary.
The best dive sites of the Galapagos in the northern part of the archipelago are best reached by liveaboard. These trips usually last one or more weeks and depart from Santa Cruz or Baltra.