Scuba Travel Ventures, Inc. - Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978, has an astounding 97 percent of its more than 45,000 square kilometres/28,000 square miles preserved as a national park. A truly unique cluster of less than twenty volcanic islands, the Galapagos Islands is an internationally acclaimed dive destination some 900 kilometres/560 miles west of South America. Best known for Charles Darwin’s visit in 1835 aboard the HMS Beagle (where the variety of endemic species captured the geologist’s attention and led to the publication of On the Origin of Species) the Galapagos Islands have become a vital international center for conservation and science.
Located at a major intersection of several ocean currents, these islands are home to a staggering array of marine life, nearly 20 percent of which is found nowhere else on earth. On his travels, Darwin managed to collect fifteen fish species, five of which bear his name.
Relatively strong currents characterize the diving here and drift dives are common, so diving in the Galapagos Islands deserves proper preparation. In places, divers may encounter descending currents and safety stops are often made in blue water with no references and demand appropriate buoyancy control. Surface conditions can be choppy and surface signaling devices are highly recommended.