The Galapagos Islands have certainly garnered a strong reputation for being one of the most exotic places on Earth both above and below the ocean. For many, diving in the Galapagos is an adventure that has few equals in the world.
One of the most popular dive spots is Darwin Island which, along with nearby Wolf Island constitutes some of the best diving in the entire island archipelago. For those who visit the Galapagos with the idea of diving, then Darwin Island should definitely be on your list.
Darwin Island is the northernmost island of the archipelago and the most isolated with only Wolf Island in close proximity. The remoteness of Darwin Island provides a unique experience to this part of the world. Although the island is certainly surrounded by abundant marine life, there is generally only one dive site in the area.
The Marine Life of Darwin Island:
You will find plenty of marine life swimming around Darwin Island. There are many trumpetfish, parrotfish, trevally barracuda, surgeonfish, angelfish, and the unique raccoon butterflyfish as well. Of course, there are the familiar turtles and Galapagos sharks which inhabit the area as well as dolphins, manta rays and mackerels. One of the more interesting fish that is seasonal to the area is the very large whale sharks.
However, the stars of the show are clearly the hammerhead sharks which are abundant in the region. Swimming in vast schools, hammerheads along with eagle rays will often come very close to where you are swimming and make for a fantastic experience. If you enter on the land side, you may even run into a few playful sea lions as well.
Diving Requirements & Experience Level :
Although blessed with wonderful visibility and a wealth of marine life, the strong currents are still a challenge for even experienced divers. Still, it is recommended that only experienced to advanced divers visit this area.
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.