Galapagos Islands

If Carlsberg made dive locations, this would probably be one of theirs.

A place that doesn’t need any introduction and is on every diver's list. See schools of pelagic fish on every dive and indigenous animals on tours of the islands.

Insider’s View

A diving trip to the Galapagos Islands will be a once in a lifetime holiday for most, the diverse and beautiful land and marine creatures located here cannot be found elsewhere in the world. It will certainly be on every diver’s bucket list and here at Ultimate Diving we want to help make this trip a reality for you.

The diving element of your holiday will likely be the pinnacle point of your adventure and we have plenty of options to suit all travel needs. For the most confident and adventurous our liveaboards are undoubtedly the best way to visit the Galapagos which generally depart from Baltra so we can base any other elements of the trip around this. Once you embark and commence your check dives you will get to see cow rays and Galapagos sharks. Next stop is the world-famous sites of Darwin and Wolf. Most divers look forward to their dives here as they encounter schools of pelagic fish on nearly every dive plus regular sightings of sea lions, turtles, penguins, mobula and eagle rays, seals, various species of shark including the ubiquitous hammerhead shark. A phenomenal diving experience is guaranteed in this unique destination!

These sites can be so thick with action it can be difficult to recall all the species that have come into view. Sightings of mackerel, manta rays and even dolphins are possible on many dives. If you are lucky, you might have an encounter with a whale shark, especially between the months of August and October.

OUR HOLIDAY PRODUCTS

Advanced

Jun-Nov

20 Nights

Pelagic

From £12,975

Cocos and Galapagos Diving Tour

Galapagos Islands, Galapagos National Park

A diving holiday to the Galapagos or the Cocos Islands is right at the top of any diver’s bucket list so imagine a trip combining these two amazing destinations? Heaven on earth…

  • Ecounters with pelagic creatures
  • Visit 2 Pelagic destinations in 1 holiday
  • Visit Wolf and Darwin dive sites
  • Visit Cocos Island and see the nature
  • Possible strong current
  • Most suitable for advanced divers

Advanced

Jun-Nov

7 Nights

Pelagic

From £5055

The Ultimate Diving Shore Based Experience

Galapagos Islands, Galapagos National Park

Are you looking for an adventure of a lifetime exploring some of the most beautiful islands in the world whilst fitting in some amazing dives? Look no further! The Ultimate Diving Shore Based Experience will offer you just that!

  • Frigate Hill Hiking
  • Encounters with pelagic creatures
  • Visit the famous Bartolome Pinnacle
  • Visit Charles Darwin Station
  • Tortoise Breeding Center
  • Flamingos and White Pintail Ducks

Advanced

Jun-Nov

12 Nights

Pelagic

From £7599

Once In A Lifetime Experience to the Galapagos

Galapagos Islands, Galapagos National Park

Galapagos is a diving destination often considered by experienced divers as the pinnacle in their diving careers. Many agree the islands have, quite simply, the best liveaboard diving cruises in the world plus incredible non-diving wildlife adventure cruises.

  • Diving Included for the diving enthusiast
  • Land visit to North Seymour Island
  • Observe Galapagos penguins
  • Most suitable for advanced divers

Advanced

Hammerheads

Jun-Nov

Galapagos Islands

UD Rating – 4 Star

Galapagos Aggressor III

Galapagos Islands, Galapagos National Park

What has to be the most renowned place for diving with the big stuff. The Galapagos Aggressor makes it a trip to remember. Quality service, guides and an overall above standard experience.

  • Max 14 guests
  • Suitable for advanced divers
  • Pelagic fish inc Hammerheads
  • Visit Wolf and Darwin dive sites
  • Day excursions available
  • Book early as popular trip

Advanced

Hammerheads

Jul-Nov

Galapagos Islands

UD Rating – 3 Star

Humboldt Explorer

Galapagos Islands, Galapagos National Park

Your underwater adventures in the Galapagos will encompass everything from sharks to nudibranchs, and more. The Humboldt Explorer offers a fantastic diving experience. Unforgettable adventure guaranteed!

  • Max 16 guests
  • Suitable for Open Water Divers
  • Up to 3 dives per day
  • Choice of Cabin Types
  • Hammerhead & Whale Sharks
  • Full Board basis including alcohol

Advanced

Hammerheads

Jul-Dec

Galapagos Islands

UD Rating – 4 Star

M/Y Galapagos Sky

Galapagos Islands, Galapagos National Park

The popular M/Y Galapagos Sky is a 30 metre luxury motor boat specially built for diving. A week aboard offers you and adventure if a life time in absolute style and comfort.

  • Max 16 guests
  • Free NITROX & Mandatory
  • Deluxe & Master Cabins
  • Up to 4 dives a day
  • 3 land excursions included
  • Pelagic action inc Hammerheads

Advanced

Hammerheads

Jun-Nov

Galapagos Islands

UD Rating – 4 Star

Galapagos Master

Galapagos Islands, Galapagos National Park

The Galapagos Master is the most eco-friendly liveaboard in the Galapagos Islands, previously known as Deep Blue she has now undergone a full refit and joined the Master Liveaboards brand.

  • Max 16 guests
  • 3 to 4 dives per day
  • 7 and 10 night itineraries
  • Land tours available
  • Hammerhead and whale sharks
  • Nitrox available

3 Stars

Jun-Nov

17 Hours

Stopover Hotel

From £99 Per Night

Sonesta Hotel Guayaquil

Galapagos Islands, Mainland Ecuador

With a stay at Sonesta Hotel Guayaquil, you'll be centrally located in Guayaquil, steps from Plaza del Sol and minutes from Mall del Sol Commercial Center.

  • Used as stopover hotel only
  • Close to Guayaquil Airport
  • Free shuttle transfer (pre-bookable)
  • Great service
  • Business facilities available
  • Modern and great location

3 Stars

Jun-Nov

19 Hours

Tour Ad-On

From £2350

Red Mangrove Hotel

Galapagos Islands, Galapagos National Park

This is an extraordinary retreat in the Galapagos with incredible wildlife encounters guaranteed as you take in the natural beauty of the ocean and mangroves.

  • Eco Luxury Hotel
  • Located on Santa Cruz Island
  • Land-based tours offered
  • Surrounded by wildlife and mangroves
  • Spacious and comfortable rooms
  • Beautiful views

Marcelina

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Colin H. 7 nights aboard the Galapagos Sky

Group of divers meet aboard the Galapagos Sky and become dive friends for life.

Colin H. 7 nights aboard the Galapagos Sky

4 Day Mangrove Roots Land Tour

Welcome to the Galapagos Islands. Your guide will meet you at the airport where you will take a shuttle to the end of Baltra Island to take a ferry to Santa Cruz. Once at Santa Cruz another shuttle will be waiting to take you to visit the highlands.


Tour Type: Nature Tours

5 Day Mangrove Roots Day Tour

Welcome to the Galapagos Islands. Your guide will meet you at the airport where you will take a shuttle to the end of Baltra Island to take a ferry to Santa Cruz. Once at Santa Cruz another shuttle will be waiting to take you to visit the highlands.


Tour Type: Cultural Tours

Mangrove Essentials – San Cristobal

After arriving at San Cristóbal airport, we will visit the San Cristobal Interpretation Center. Here we can learn more about the origin of the archipelago, its fauna and flora, as well as the natural history and first inhabitants.


Tour Type: Hotel and Tours

Mangrove Essentials – Isabela

Once you have arrived at Baltra Airport you will be taken to Santa Cruz with your guide. Here begins an introduction to the highlands. This lush part of the island is bountiful and green. You’ll stop here for lunch at a local ranch. Afterwards, you will head to the Charles Darwin Research Station. It is a research facility that has an extensive collection of Galapagos plant life specimens carefully preserved and also acts as a biological research station and active breeding center operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation.


Tour Type: Hotel and Tours

The Mangrove Experience

After arriving at San Cristóbal airport, we will visit the San Cristobal Interpretation Center. Here we can learn more about the origin of the archipelago, its fauna and flora, as well as the natural history and first inhabitants. After that, we will hike for about 2 hours to Frigate Hill where you’ll see the endemic vegetation and beautiful views of the island and its surroundings.


Tour Type: Hotel and Tours

Galapagos National Park

The Galapagos National Park covers approximately 7,970 square kilometers, which corresponds only to its terrestrial part.


Tour Type: Nature Tours

Destination Fact File

If Carlsberg made dive locations, this would probably be one of theirs.

Galapagos Islands dive sites map and details. Find out more about the diving available in Galapagos Islands. Use the map below to navigate around the area and select a dive site on the map to view the details or select a dive site on the navigation and the map and information will update.

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Climate Information

Wildlife Calendar

Destination Key Information

Currenct US Dollar
Time Difference GMT - 6
Vaccinations Possible recommended vaccinations are typhoid, hepatitis A, diphtheria, and yellow fever. Do this well ahead of time since some vaccinations, like diphtheria, need to be administered three months prior to your trip!
Tipping Tipping is not such a big deal here. Ten percent is usual or just round up the tab.
Passport & Visas British citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days, irrespective of the endorsement with regard to national status contained in the visitor's passport.
Taxes 14% VAT and 10% Service.
Flight Routes Flights to the Galapagos will be either Quito or Guayaquil.
International Flight Durations Average flight is 17h & 20min including the stop.
Luggage Allowance 20 kg
Transfer Information Our packages include transfers on arrival and departure day. On arrival you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the liveaboard.
Dive Season There are 2 seasons in the Galapagos Islands: Wet and Dry. They fade into each other so there is no strict dividing line but they can be generally characterised as follows:

January to June is wet season with sunny spells either side of the brief showers which can occur daily. This period has warmer water temperatures generally fluctuating between 20 - 28°C during this time. Dry season, more or less from July to December, sees less rain but is also cooler above and below the waters. Water temperatures in dry season are usually 16 - 23°C.

The wisest course of action is to come prepared with exposure suits for a range of temperatures. Marine conditions are variable and it is better to be over-prepared than under-prepared when scuba diving in Ecuador.

Often whale shark season is emphasised as the best time to come (June to November). However, many of those in the know contend that January to May, with warm water and sunny skies, offer the most pleasant all round Galapagos diving experience. This period seems to produce better sightings of creatures other than the whale shark, including a greater chance of manta ray encounters and the best hammerhead shark action.