5 Best Dive Sites in the Galapagos


You may have already experienced bungee jumping or backpacked through Ecuador. Perhaps you may even have already explored Cotopaxi and everything it has to offer. However, your trip to Ecuador would be largely incomplete without scuba diving in the Galapagos.

Perfect for adventure and thrill seekers that are looking to experience something new, diving allows one to get really up close and personal with Galapagos’ rich marine life. Rather than spend the entire duration of your trip exploring the land, you should consider seeing the Galapagos from below to surface for a remarkable travel experience. If this seems like something that you might be interested in, here are the top 5 best dive sites in the Galapagos:

Darwin’s Arch


Darwin’s Arch, which is located on the southeast bend of Darwin Island is often referred to as one of the best dive sites in the Galapagos Islands. Completely remote, the island is only reachable from a liveaboard, which makes for a more exciting adventure. The Arch does not have a prearranged entry or exit point and the currents are often very unpredictable which means that the plan can only be confirmed once you arrive at the site.

Tijeretas Hill


If you are going to go diving in the Galapagos, one of the ideal places to do it would be in Tijeretas Hill. Located off San Cristobal Island, Tijeretas Hill offers visitors a little of everything; that is, a rugged landscape that is easily accessible and perfect for beginner divers. Tijeretas Hill features an array of marine creatures including sea turtles, eels, stingrays and different varieties of fish. You can read more about diving in the Galapagos on Voyagers.Travel

Shark Point


Shark Point is located on Wolf Island, which also happens to be Darwin Island’s sister island. Shark Point is often frequented by world-class divers because the waters are characterized by massive whale sharks and limited visibility, which is ideal for divers that have experience.

Gordon Rocks


Gordon Rocks are often regarded as one of the best dive sites that the Galapagos has to offer. Located to the northeast of Santa Cruz Island, Gordon Rocks is home to several large marine animals, but most individuals frequent the area in order to encounter the hammerheads. As such, if you have always wanted to get up close and personal with these sharks, Gordon Rocks would be the perfect dive site for you.

Punta Vicente Roca


Punta Vicente Roca is located off Isabela Island and consists of a wide range of animals that include frogfishes and seahorses. Most people, however, visit Punta Vicente Roca to encounter the sunfish in their natural habitat. It is also not uncommon to come across sea lions and diving penguins while at Punta Vicente Roca.