The Galapagos Islands are a naturalist’s paradise (think Darwin). Expect to see lots of endemics as well as anything from penguins to hammerheads and whale sharks on a liveaboard diving adventure.
In the Galapagos, you’ll find some of the most diverse wildlife in the world, including the number of endemic species that attracted Darwin, the famous evolutionist. Darwin and Wolf Islands in the north are largely considered to have the best dive sites and are only reachable by liveaboard. Here, you’ll find whale sharks, manta rays, mola mola, hammerheads, penguins and more. Because currents make diving difficult, an intermediate level is recommended. The entire area is a marine protected zone, and only a few diving boats are allowed to visit the remote sites, so book early. Most diving cruises last between 7 and 10 days, and the best time to dive in the Galapagos is from June to November.