Diving with sharks in the Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands are also known as the Enchanted Islands and it is no wonder as every landscape, every walk, every experience is unique and unforgettable. Experiencing nature in the nearest way possible, cannot be put into words, but can only be felt once you almost step on a sleeping sea lion while taking a walk, or being visited by a cheeky finch on your dining table, waiting for you to share some of your meal with it. But from all this, the very remarkable once in a lifetime experience is a diving trip with sharks.
Several species of sharks feel right at home around the Archipelago, ranging from white tip sharks in places like Bartolome, Gordon Rocks, Floreana and Seymour over the Galápagos Beagle sharks in Daphne, Floreana and Gordon Rocks, to hammerhead sharks in places like Gordon Rocks, Seymour, Darwin and Wolf. Even the whale shark, usually makes an astonishing appearance around the islands of Darwin and Wolf and leaves even the most experienced divers completely speechless.
The sensation of being submerged in the ocean and suddenly seeing these majestic animals, can easily become a mixture of fear at the beginning, turning into amazement and admiration that will leave you surprised and absorbed by the sight of having them this close. Imagine diving into the water and within five minutes being surrounded by a school of sharks of a hundred or more, or see a whale shark so big that it will make you look like just a toy doll. These are truly incomparable experiences in life.
For this reason Galapagos was named as the best dive site by the tourism promotion agency Qyer and the Chinese National Geography in 2015. The CEDAM International (Conservation, Education, Diving, Awareness and Marine-research) selected it as one of the wonders of the underwater world.
Some of the sharks of the Galapagos Islands are among the species in danger of extinction due to illegal fishing, slow growth or low reproductive capacity, which is why we must maintain a great respect for these animals and their habitat, and be even more aware of how lucky we are to dive with them and share, even for a few seconds, a wonderful experience.
If diving in the Galapagos Islands or see the Galapagos sharks is still on your bucket list, it’s time to plan your trip. Depending on your interests you can coordinate daily dives from Puerto Ayora, Isabela or San Cristobal. If you want to go further and reach impressive places like the Darwin and Wolf Islands you should take a diving cruise.