What you should consider when choosing your liveaboard diving vacations in Galapagos? A quick history class: The Galapagos Islands officially called Archipiélago de Colón has two main seasons to saturate a climate that spreads across its thirteen primary islets. The islands are little off (about 550 mi) of the coastline of Ecuador and still have extant volcanoes in a number of them. An eye catching place, the Galapagos islands is home to a selection of endemic species that were recorded by Charles Darwin as a contribution to propagating his theory of evolution. A few of these species you can find include giant sea tortoise, humpback whales, masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, oystercatchers, sea lions, lava herons, lava lizards, cormorants, etc. These exotic species have continually drawn in tourists who seek to witness islands’ unspoiled natural habitat.
There are basically two distinct seasons for the Galapagos Islands: dry and wet. The wet season extends from December to June with warmer and hotter water temperature that ranges from 68℉ up to 82℉ in January (20℃ to 28℃). In spite of this, there are still a few sites with much cooler temperature where sufficient protection such as a hood is essential.
January to May remains a pleasant time for you to visit with warmer waters and a superior likelihood of manta ray encounters or witnessing hammerheads in action. Visibility is usually between 30 to 70 feet (10-20m).
June to November is the dry and moisture free season but yet cooler with temperatures which range from 66℉ to 73℉ (19-23℃). The dry months are the busiest tourist season and also when there is the highest opportunity for seeing multiple whale sharks. Nevertheless, the seas can be rougher during this period.
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What will you explore on your liveaboard vacation at Galapagos?
The Galapagos Islands are popular for their diverse aquatic life. Schools of hammerheads, Whale sharks, Galapagos sharks as well as marine iguanas usually provide many of the most thrilling and exciting action underwater. But you can likewise anticipate seeing mantas and other rays, penguins, sea lions and turtles and several pelagic fish species.
Almost all of the liveaboards also provide land excursions, such as the Darwin Centre research facility, therefore think about how much other wildlife you would want to see and select a dive boat which operates excursions to the islands if you desire to spend time on land.
You will find more information about Galapagos Diving in our article “Dive Unique Galapagos Islands”.
Diving tips and experience level
Diving in the Galapagos is meant for expert divers. The waters can be quite choppy, and there are modest to strong currents which demand divers to cling to rocks to fortify their position in a float. All diving is carried out from an inflatable dinghy, with a back roll entry. Certain liveaboards provide dive training and certification, but it’s better to have a minimum of 50 logged dives to make sure you can make the most of your journey without putting yourself or others at risk due to inexperience.
Divers should pay attention when choosing an appropriate equipment. There are specific dive sites that require you to be still to observe the marine show taking place in front of you, when you may get chilly. You will also require proper protection from other objects like rocks and barnacles. Make sure to possess sufficient dive gloves to safeguard your hands since you may be required to cling to the rocks in strong currents.
The water is saltier in the Galapagos Islands, therefore, you must regulate your buoyancy to compensate.
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