Nov 032011

Article by Teresa Hotchkin

The waters encompassing the Galapagos Islands is one of the largest marine reserves on the earth, and Rodale’s Scuba Diving Magazine regularly names it as a top scuba diving destinations in the world anyone who has been diving there knows why.

Many consider the Galapagos Islands a modern day Garden of Eden renown for the up-close encounters with wildlife. Here on the equator where the cold Humboldt Current flowing north from Antarctica meets with the warm tropical waters of the Panama Current creating an unparalleled environment. Going ashore you will find Galapagos Penguins existing a in the same places as tropical pink flamingos. However by going putting on your dive gear you’ll discover just how incredible the Galapagos is.

Volcanic in origin, the waters surrounding the Galapagos profit from equatorial upwelling creating it an awe inspiring marine environment. You’ll discover waters rich with nutrients. Porous lava rocks offering small fish with the shelter they would in other locations gain from a reef. The combination of these factors produces an awesome dive experience. In Galapagos e diving with whale sharks, hammerheads, giant mantas, turtles, dolphins, tuna, Galapagos sharks, almaco jacks, bacalo, leather bass and sea lions not a dream but a daily experience.

The Galapagos offers several dive experiences for divers at every level. The week long live aboard cruises caters to advanced divers. These cruises travel northern most part of the islands to spend several days diving at Wolf and Darwin – and see why the area has been voted „Best Fish Life,“ „Best Big Animal Dive,“ „Best Advanced Diving,“ and scored among the top as the „Healthiest Marine Environment“ and „Best Value“. In one word – FABULOUS! Home to schools of hammerheads, silky and black tip sharks and during peak season June through November it’s where to come to dive with whale sharks.

For intermediate level divers Island Based diving offers diving with hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, giant manta rays, golden rays, morays, schools of moorish idols, parrotfish and tuna. Mixed with excursions to see some of the islands other highlights including giant tortoises, penguins, blue footed boobies and much more.

Even beginning divers can explore the Galapagos Waters. At one of the local dive schools beginners can get certified or complete open-water training in the protected waters surrounding Santa Cruz and San Cristobal Islands.

Divers of all skill levels can discover the Galapagos—one of the world’s finest marine environments with unbelievable diving experiences for divers of all abilities.

Teresa is with Galapagos Dive specializing in Dive trips and Galapagos Cruises. She is a contributor to guide and text books for two decades. And has developed and operated Galapagos travel programs for a numerous companies.

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