Galapagos Archipelago Diving Holidays | An Overview

The Galapagos islands, spread across the equator in the Pacific Ocean, are most iconic for their starring role in Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Above and below the waves visitors can expect a wildlife experience unlike any other.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Head to Darwin and Wolf on a liveaboard for stunning encounters with whale sharks, mantas, hammerheads... if you like big fish then the Galapagos is hard to beat.
  • You'll find a unique combination of sun, sea, sand and the opportunity to interact with incredible wildlife (think: snorkelling with baby sea lions!) - what's not to love?
  • One of the incredible things about the wildlife both on land and sea is that they remain largely oblivious to the presence of man making encounters all the more close.

Our Guide to Galapagos Archipelago Diving Holidays

Not to get too techy (who are we kidding?) but the Galapagos is such a special dive destination because of its marine-rich waters, which exist because the Galapagos sits at the crossroads between several major ocean currents, creating a totally unique ecology and huge diversity of marine life (20% of which is found nowhere else in the world), from schools of hammerheads to whale sharks, fur seals, marine iguanas and spotted eagle rays. This conflation of currents means the dive sites in the Galapagos are not always the most straight forward, but reasonably experienced divers shouldn't have a problem.

Did you know

  • The Galapagos marine iguana is the only lizard known to swim in the ocean
  • The Galapagos was on the very first list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in 1978
  • The word 'galapagos' was first used to describe the iconic giant tortoises - it's derived from the old Spanish for 'saddle'

It would be remiss to dive in the Galapagos and not explore these islands on land. While species like giant tortoises and blue footed boobies grab most of the headlines, there's a veritable cornucopia of fascinating wildlife to discover, from bats and rats to lizards and a whole host of birds.

The key to travelling to the Galapagos is finding the right boat and guide (which is required) and, having been to the Galapagos on numerous occasions, the team here at Original Diving will find the perfect fit for your needs.


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Galapagos Archipelago

The Galapagos Sky liveaboard, formerly Sky Dancer, has eight comfortable staterooms, each with twin beds, which can be joined together, a private shower and a window or porthole view.

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