Diving in the Galapagos Islands

No traveler to the Galapagos Islands should bypass an oppotunity to explore the stunning world found underwater. In the right season, snorkeling is a very popular activity and the scuba diving is spectacular for experienced divers. Bright coral, playful sea lions, and brilliantly colored schools of fish are the usual fare.

At various locations around the islands, you are also likely to encounter giant marine turtles, Galapagos penguins, golden rays, and even sharks. It´s actually the only place in the world where it is safe to swim with hammerhead sharks, which are found regularly throughout the islands.

Of course, any excursion can be disappointing if you are´t prepared. After an unforgettable tour of the Galapagos Islands, I gathered some new tips that should make your planning a bit easier.

First and foremost, if you have your own equipment, it´s probably worth taking. Most tours offer equipment for rent, but it may be difficult to get the right mask or wet suit size. While this isn´t much of a problem since equipment on board is usually high quality and plentiful, those who have brought their own find it preferrable.

On that note, a wet suit is advisable for most dives; make sure to rent one or bring your own. The ocean there is quite pleasant, but it isn´t the Carribean and the water can be a bit chilly in places.

Also, sunscreen is extremely important when swimming. Bring some that is water and sweat proof, of course 30 SPF or higher. If you are worried about burning your scalp, it`s definitely best to wear your swim cap (or skull caps, as they´re sometimes called).

When you return home, you´ll definitely want to show friends the giant turtles or sea lions you found swimming in their natural environment. An underwater camera is well worth taking in addition to your regular camera, but do buy it beforehand. Cameras are available on Santa Cruz and at the airports, though are fairly expensive.

These tips should help you plan and pack for your unforgettable trip to the Galapagos. When you contact Detour the Adventure Travel Marketplace, we can help answer any other questions you have about this amazing destination.

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