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Galapagos Diving

Dive with turtles, manta ray, sharks and marine iguanas

The Galapagos Islands is an internationally renowned diving destination home to a staggering array of marine life, nearly 20 percent of which is found nowhere else on earth. On our Galapagos Adventures there's the option to dive, for those who are experienced with drift diving, and there's snorkelling available for everyone. The water with its deep and mesmerising blue colour, unique to the Galapagos, will leave a stamp on your memory!

At certain spots that we visit, such as Kicker Rock, it's common to see hammerhead sharks and Galapagos reef sharks – but don't worry, they just cruise on past and they're not aggressive at all. Just floating through the passage between the two sheer rock islands is an experience you'll never forget. If you dive at this spot you'll descend about 60 feet between the two rocks. The water at the bottom is cool and clear and you can expect to see a variety of wrasses, starfish, surgeonfish and angelfish. Diving Galapagos Islands
Drift dives are common in the Galapagos Islands due to the ocean currents that intersect in this part of the Pacific Ocean (the cooler Humbolt Current brings rich nutrients from the south, which is why the marine life in this part of the Pacific is so proliferating). These currents characterise the diving here and it's common to encounter descending currents, with safety stops in blue water and no reference points. This is why we ask that you've completed at least ten open water dives if you're keen to dive on our trips.

Some of the other species you're likely to encounter include seals, turtles, marine iguanas and manta ray and if you're lucky you may see the odd whale or pod of dolphins as we journey between the diving and snorkelling spots.

Diving Galapagos Islands

 

 

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    Ecuador is a gem, and should not be missed. The Active Adventures Tapir trip ensures that you experience many of the highlights of this gorgeous country. From the outset you will experience new adventures like cycling down Mt Cotopaxi from 4,500m, walking around beautiful countryside and heading upriver to an EcoLodge. This beautiful, multi-day activities are thoroughly enjoyable, and your guide Mauro Chavez is exceptional, highly professional, capable and engaging, definately one of the best guides I've had the pleasure to meet.
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    Absolutely AMAZING!

    The Condor trip was definitely a trip of a lifetime! My husband and I loved every aspect of this amazing experience. We got to see scenery that was straight out of a magazine. The guides Cynthia and Gem were outstanding! I love them both! Our group of 14 was beyond my expectations. They were some of the best people I have ever met and feel enriched by this experience. Thank you Active Adventures!
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    Incredible experience

    We had an amazing time in the Galapagos!
    Everything was perfectly organized for us. All we had to do was show up - just as it said in the description of the tour.
    Our tour guide Zambo would always tell us well in advance what we would be doing on the next day, what we had to bring, what we should wear.
    The food was always organized for us; they would always ask us beforehand what we wanted to eat.
    Everywhere we went they were expecting us and everything went smoothly.
    Zambo was an amazing guide! He was extremely knowledgeable. He had an answer for everything and he was very patient with our kids. One could see that he enjoyed showing his home to us.
    The encounters with the animals were truly amazing. We saw blue footed boobies, frigate birds, hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, sting rays, penguins, hundreds of sea lions, sea iguanas, etc.
    The animals seemed at ease with the humans around them in some cases almost curious.
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    The hikes were amazing. The guides were very knowledgeable. The views were incredible. Great restaurants in the small towns.
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