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Galapagos Diving – day tours are ideal for guests who want to combine seeing Galapagos wildlife above the water with the amazing life below the water - a 5 or 6 day cruise together with a hotel stay on the island of Santa Cruz with 3 or 4 days of diving being the most popular combination.  It is also possible to do day dives from the islands of Isabela and San Cristobal.

Our main partner for the day dive tours is Scuba Iguana, in operation since 1995 and the undisputed leader in providing day dive tours in Galapagos. The day dives they run are from two boats El Galapago and Iguana, both of which have been designed and specially equipped for diving day trips in the special Galapagos conditions. Details like ergonomic seating and effective spray curtains will make a difference for your comfort – and most crucially they work with the best dive masters and guides which is what sets them apart.

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Galapagos dive sites available to visit on day tours from Santa Cruz Island

Bartolome - Scuba Dive Site, Santa Cruz Island, GalapagosBartolome - Located at the east side of Santiago Island
A small island where we see the famous pinnacle rock. Here you will find a platform at about 10 metres deep with a variety of reef fishes, also at the edge of this platform is a submarine canyon from 15 metres deep with chance encounters pelagic species. Look out for White Tip Shark Fin, Reef Fish, Barracuda, Turtles, Modula Rays, Stingrays. This chance also offers interesting rock formation with crevices and the chance of seeing Galapagos Penguins. Approx. 90 minutes from the Itabaca Channel, north side of Santa Cruz Island.
Current: Moderate / Depth: 3 - 30 Metres / Water Temp: 17C - 23C / Difficulty: Intermediate

Cousins Rock  - Scuba Dive Site, Santa Cruz Island, GalapagosCousins Rock  - Located on the east coast of Santiago Island, near Bartolome
It is a triangular-shaped islet usually with no strong currents, diving is on a shelving reef, with many endemic black corals on the walls. Here you will have the chance to see Pacific Seahorses, Barracudas, Sea Lions, Galapagos Shark, White Tip Shark, Sea Turtles, Reef Fish, Stingrays and a variety of invertebrates and molluscs. Cousin's Rock is also known for the large groups of Spotted Eagle Rays you may spot here and is one of the best dive sites in Galapagos. Approx. 90 minutes from the Itabaca Channel, north side of Santa Cruz Island.
Current: Moderate / Depth: 5 - 27 Metres / Visibility: 9 - 18 ~Metres / Water Temp: 18C - 23C / Difficulty: Intermediate

Cousins Rock  - Scuba Dive Site, Santa Cruz Island, GalapagosBeagle Rocks  - Located off the south coast of Santiago island
Beagle Rocks are three large, steep rocks, the remains of a tuff cone.  Normally there are no strong currents at this site. It is a reef dive with many corals and sponges. Here you will be looking out for Sea Lions, Galapagos Sharks, Turtles, Reef Fishes, Sting Rays, Eagle Rays, Barracudas, a variety of invertebrates, Manta Rays and probably solitary Hammerhead sharks. Approx. 30 minutes from the Itabaca Channel, north side of Santa Cruz Island.

Current:
Slight / Depth: 3 - 35 Metres / Visibility: 7 - 16 ~Metres / Water Temp: 18C - 3C / Difficulty:Suitable for all levels of experience.

Daphne Minor - Scuba Dive Site, Santa Cruz Island, GalapagosDaphne Minor - Located just off the north coast of Santa Cruz Island
Here your dive site is a big flat-topped exposed rock and a great example of an eroded tuff cone. A drift dive along the impressive drop-off at the top of a sloping wall with a rocky and sandy bottom.  Here we find a small cave where White Tip Reef Sharks rest, additionally there is a pinnacle where we find a diversity of Rays, Galápagos Shark, Turtles, Reef fishes and Barracudas. Approx. 30 minutes from the Itabaca Channel, north side of Santa Cruz Island.

Current:
Moderate / Depth: 15 Metres / Visibility: 5 - 20 ~Metres / Water Temp: 16C - 26C / Difficulty: Suitable for all levels of experience.

North Seymour  - Scuba Dive Site, Santa Cruz Island, GalapagosNorth Seymour  - Located just north of Santa Cruz Island
Here we have two dive sites suitable for all levels of divers, although sometimes there can be strong currents. Platform reefs with a diversity of species offer the chance to observe a cleaning station, Sea Lions, and many kinds of sharks including Galapagos, White Tip Reef and Hammerhead. Mobula Rays (small mantas), Turtles, Reef fishes, Sting Rays, Eagle Rays, Galapagos Eel, Barracudas, as well as a variety of invertebrates can also be seen at this site. Approx. 30 minutes from the Itabaca Channel, north side of Santa Cruz Island.
Current: Strong / Depth: 4 - 27 Metres / Visibility: 9 - 15 ~Metres / Water Temp: Dec-Apr 23-26C May-Nov  20-6C / Difficulty: Suitable for all levels.

Mosquera  - Scuba Dive Site, Santa Cruz Island, GalapagoMosquera  - Located north of Santa Cruz Island between Seymour and Baltra
A low rocky islet holds sandy beaches where Sea Lions rest. Normally there are no strong currents at this site, a sandy bottom between 15 and 18m with Garden Eels and pelagic species. There is also a wall that starts at 18m where we find black coral and variety of invertebrates. Hammerhead sharks, Black and White Tipped Reef Sharks, Sea Lions, Turtles, Barracudas, Reef Fishes, Sting Rays, Eagle Rays and Mobula Rays are seen at this site. Approx. 90 minutes from the Itabaca Channel, north side of Santa Cruz Island.
Current: Strong / Depth: 4 - 27 Metres / Visibility: 9 - 15 ~Metres / Water Temp: Dec-Apr 23-26C May-Nov  20-6C / Difficulty: Suitable for all levels.

Floreana - Scuba Dive Site, Santa Cruz Island, GalapagosFloreana - Located south of Santa Cruz Island
Floreana presents an excellent selection of varied diving with 9 dive sites in generally calm waters. If there are strong currents, we can quickly move to another site, making Floreana ideal for all levels of divers. This site is one of the best in the central islands to see significant coral colonies, such as pebble coral and endemic black coral. Floreana is also one of the best sites to dive with sea lions. Also sea horses, stingrays, eagle rays, turtles, long nose hawkfish, barracudas, pelagic fish, white tip reef sharks, Galapagos sharks and hammerheads sharks. Approx 90 minutes from base.
Current: Moderate / Depth: 3 - 21 Metres / Visibility: 10 - 20 ~Metres / Water Temp: 17C - 23C / Difficulty: Suitable for all levels of experience.

Enderby Islet - Scuba Dive Site, Santa Cruz Island, GalapagosEnderby Islet - Located off the coast of Floreana
A ridge dive that offers a large variety of marine life, usually in thick schools. Dives are usually on the outer edge of the ridge and the most interesting diving is on the side where the current hits the reef. Sights include manta rays, golden eagle rays, morays, turtles, tunas, hammerheads, whitetips, Galapagos sharks. Other common sites are sea lions, tropical fish by the thousands, barracudas, black coral, and Pacific seahorse. The occasional whale-shark has even been known to make an appearance, between December and May. Approx 90 minutes from base on Santa Cruz Island.
Current: Strong / Depth: 6 - 30 Metres / Visibility: 10 - 20 ~Metres / Water Temp: 17C - 23C / Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate.

Gordon Rocks - Scuba Dive Site, Santa Cruz Island, GalapagosGordon Rocks - Located near the east cost of Santa Cruz Island.
This eroded crater at the top of a tuff cone is a world famous dive site. There are 4 dive sites in the area, suitable for intermediates and experts due to the strong currents and surge.  The sites are mostly walls with a deep bottom. Hammerhead sharks are the main attraction of Gordon Rocks and often conglomerate in large schools. Also cleaning station, Galapagos sharks, White Tip Reef Shark, Mobulas Rays, Turtles, Reef Fishes, Sting Rays, Eagle Rays, Galapagos Eel, Barracudas and a variety of invertebrates. Approx. 60 minutes from base..
Current: Strong / Depth: 7 - 20 Metres / Visibility: 7 - 20 Metres / Water Temp: 17C - 23C / Difficulty: Intermediate and Advanced.
*** MINIMUM 30 Logged dives, or evaluation by dive-master on a previous dive in order to undertake this dive.

What is included in the day tour?
• Check out dive + 2 tank Dives
• Complete Dive Gear: 2-piece 7mm wetsuit, Regulator, BCD, mask, fins, hood, gloves, weight belt and tanks (does not include dive computer).
Passengers who bring all dive gear (except tanks and weights) receive a US $20 discount on the tour.
• Bilingual dive guides
(according to regulation of the Galapagos National Park 1 naturalist guide Divemaster of the Marine Reserve with 8 passengers assisted by a Divemaster)
• Insurance of boat, crew and passengers (According to the Galapagos National Park regulation) emergency oxygen equipment and first aid kit
• Transport to / from dive site
• Snack and hot lunch
• Towel service
• Transportation between the dive centre and the boat

Schedule of a day tour
• 7.20am: Meeting at dive centre (Informative Session)
• 7.30am: Departure to dive site (via: sea or land & sea)

Depending on the dive site they then have the two following schedules:

• 9.15am / 10.15am:Arrival at dive site
• 10.15am / 11.15am: First Dive (Depth 20-25 mts/65-68 ft. Max time 1 hour)
• 11.15am / 12.15am: Surface interval and time to have snack/lunch
• 12.15/ 1.15pm: Second Dive (depth 15-23mts / 50-75ft. Max Time 1 hour
• 1.15pm/2.15pm: Snack/Lunch, Return
• 3.30pm/5.30pm: Arrive at dive centre.

The day before your first tour all divers must go to the dive centre in order to prepare dive gear and complete the necessary paperwork including a liability waiver form.

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