There are few wonders in the world as impressive as the Galapagos Islands. Truly a place that time has forgotten. For the experienced diver, there are many great places to explore around the islands that offer a tremendous view of marine life. One of the more interesting is Cousin’s Rock, a place that is relatively small in comparison to other locations in the islands, but is teeming with life above and below the sea.
Located just off the north coast of Bartolome Island, Cousin’s Rock itself is not very impressive as it is simply a rock that sticks just above the ocean. The top of the rock is filled with penguins, sea lions, pelicans and blue footed boobies that use it as a platform to dive into the vast marine life that swims in the ocean below.
It is the remarkable marine life that makes Cousin’s Rock one of the more popular dive sites in the Galapagos Islands. You’ll noticed the stepped ledges that work their way down until the hit the sea floor at roughly 35 meters or so.
The Marine Life at Cousin’s Rock :
Salema fish in and of themselves may not be all that interesting, but there are millions of them which swim around in massive schools. It seems like a solid wall of fish that will part and create tunnels for you to swim through which is a remarkable sight to say the least. The coral covered rocks harbor numerous species including nudibranches, frogfishes and hawkfish.
However, some of the most striking sights are the green sea turtles, octopi and the famous Galapagos sea horses. You can also see spotted eagle rays, golden rays and mobulas as well. Plus, there are a number of giant mantas that will swim nearby as well. Overall, there are a number of remarkable species to be found in this area.
Diving Requirements & Experience Level :
The waters are generally warm and range from 23 degree C to 25 degree C between December and April while the rest of the year the temperatures decline somewhat to fall between 18 degree C to 22 degree C. The visibility is quite good all year round which makes it relatively easy to spot all the marine life as well as the numerous species of coral that grows against the rock and the ocean floor.
However, the swift currents are strong which means that this area is for experienced divers only. The overall conditions are such that novice or beginning divers would have great difficulty managing the currents and the rock formations which present a danger.
For experienced divers, Cousin’s Rock is definitely a must-see place when they visit the Galapagos Islands.
This text is for information purposes only. It has been written by members of the website and can be inaccurate. Always contact local professional divers before diving.