All day trips leave from Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. We normally depart around 08h00
am and, depending on the navigation distance to each site, we are scheduled to return
between 15h30 to 16h30.
All our daily diving tours include:
- 2 boat dives in small groups
- Full scuba gear
- Aluminum tanks with 3000psi / 207bar
- 5 to 7mm full wetsuit
- Jacket type BCD with power inflator
- Regulator with octopus, pressure gauge and depth gauge
- Weights, mask, snorkel, fins and booties
- Computers and U/W photo cameras available for rent
- Dive master diving in the water with customers (max. divemaster to diver ratio 1:6)
- Transfer to/from Puerto Ayora and dive sites
- Drinking water and snacks, as well as a lunch box if the dive is outside Academy Bay
All daily diving tour programs are customized for the customer. Safety comes first and
therefore we require the following information about each passenger’s diving experience in
order to customize a program that will fit the customer’s skills and interests:
1. Type of diving license (level and training agency)
2. Current number of dives made
3. Date of last dive
4. Experience with drift and wall diving
5. Experience diving in cold water and with thick wetsuits
6. What would the customer like to see in the Galapagos?
With this information, Galapagos Sub-Aqua can put together a suitable program and the
customer is off to experience one of the most fantastic dive adventures.
The Galapagos Islands
One of the Seven Underwater Wonders in the World
The Dive Sites for Daily Diving Tours
Academy Bay.- The Academy Bay area is a short navigation from the dive center. This area is great for introductory diving, beginner and intermediate divers. The Academy Bay area is easy diving
with very little current. The following are some of the Academy Bay diving sites; dive sites
will not be specified when confirming an Academy Bay dive trip.
Sea turtle canyon in Academy Bay. Invertebrates, tropical fish, stingrays, green sea turtles;
possible encounters with golden rays and some whitetip reef sharks. There are interesting geological formations here.
Offers a chance to swim and play with friendly sea lions, many tropical fish and marine iguanas.
Punta Nuñez Cliffs.-
Wall diving with a cave. At this site, you can see turtles, stingrays, tropical fish, whitetip
sharks and – occasionally – manta rays.
This submerged shoal at Academy Bay has an impressive amount of fish, whitetip sharks, morays, invertebrates, caverns, eagle rays, stingrays, turtles and sea fans. A great diving
site for intermediate as well as for experienced divers.
Outside Academy Bay.- The dive sites outside Academy Bay have navigation distances of between 20 to 38 miles.
The approximate travel time is 1 hour to most sites. Galapagos Sub-Aqua always has at
least three crew members on board when diving outside of Academy Bay(Captain, deckhand
and dive master). These areas are spectacular world-class diving sites, best suited for
intermediate to experienced divers.
Enderby Islet, Punta Ayora, Champion Islet and Devil's Crown are
the dive sites where you will experience sea lions, turtles, exotic
fish, thousands of tropical fish, barracudas, black coral, whitetip
and Galapagos sharks, moray eels, some hammerheads and eagle rays.
You will have an excellent opportunity for dolphin watching during
the boat trip to and from Floreana. You will also enjoy watching
the local marine and bird life such as sea lions, blue footed boobies,
frigatebird, penguins and marine iguanas from the boat. Price: 230
Here you will experience turtles, big fish, hundreds of tropical
fishes, hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, white tips, large morays,
spotted eagle rays, golden and stingrays as well as fur sea lions.
This is the best one day trip for experienced divers, when done in
combination with Seymour or Mosquera Islet. Price: 230
Schools of hammerheads, loads of snappers and other fish, turtles,
morays, manta rays and white tip sharks, sea lions, garden eels. Price: 230
An intermediate dive combination of shoal and wall diving with sea lions, large amounts of
fish, white tip sharks, hammerheads, eagle rays and manta rays. There
is a breathtaking vertical wall with a profusion of black corals
and other invertebrates. It’s possible to find
seahorses and frogfish here as well. This dive site is always combined
with diving in Bartolome. Price: 230 USD pp
Stingrays, turtles, white tips, plenty of fish, invertebrates and
interesting rock formations with crevices. During the surface interval
between Cousins and Bartolome dives, we snorkel to look for penguins. Price: 230
Largest colony of garden eels, mantas, sea turtles, white tips and maybe hammerheads
schools and eagle rays, as well as plenty of tropical fish and sea
lions. Price: 230 USD pp
Wall diving with morays, white tips, eagle rays, stingrays, sea lions,
Galapagos sharks , hammerheads, turtles, black corals and many
other invertebrates, and hundreds of fish. Price: 230
Easy diving with little current. Whitetips, turtles, stingrays and
occasionally a couple of hammerheads. snorkeling with sea lions
at surface interval. Price: 230 USD pp