Paired with the splendid array of marine life, the excellent visibility makes diving here exceptional. There are dives on many of the islands, though several islands stand out as particularly excellent places to take the plunge. Darwin Island is by far the most popular.
Here you will see most of the unique creatures you are craving, as well as some whimsical geologic formations. El Arco is renowned as one of the best dives in the world, so be sure to add it to your to do list. On Isabela Island you can swim with sea lions and penguins in a stunning environment.
Don’t miss Roca Redonda, where sharks teem around an underwater volcano. Santa Cruz Island boasts an astounding flamingo lagoon and mangrove forest, as well as the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Flights to the Galapagos originate in Ecuador at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil or Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito and continue to Isla San Cristobal or Isla Baltra (Seymour).