Unless you've been living under a rock, chances are you've heard
the Galapagos. Located 600 miles off Ecuador, this chain of
islands scattered across the equator in the Pacific Ocean is where
divers tick off just about everything in terms of marine life.
The undisputed stars of the archipelago are the Wolf and Darwin
islands, which are only accessible by liveaboard. The uninhabited
islands lie some 200 miles north of Santa Cruz so the diving really
is remote, and what's more, the liveaboards take it in turns to
visit so you'll be the only ones at the sites. Why are they so
special? These rocky outcrops are cleaning and feeding stations so
spectacular marine encounters are all but guaranteed. Prepare to
fill logbooks two-fold with hundreds of sharks, marble and eagle
ray encounters, hammerheads, manta rays and whale sharks (June to
November), as well as fur seals, sea lions, marine iguanas and
Galapagos penguins - among 20% of which are endemic.