Diving Galapagos Guide Islands 3/3
Due to the Galapagos Islands offer the best places to dive, both divers start in this sport, for intermediate and advanced. There are places to snorkel with more difficulty than others, with strong currents nearby.
Marine Life in the Galapagos Islands
In the Galapagos Islands marine life is varied, abundant gentle, amazing, so much so that the islands are considered one of the seven wonders of the underwater world. Here’s safety diving with a hundred types of fish (large and small), sea lions, manta rays, turtles and garden eels. Surely you also will meet with hammerhead shark. In some places you could not dive with sharks, snorkel with dolphins funny and at the right time, meet a whale.
Finally this is the only place in the world where you can dive with marine iguanas or watch sea lions being tormented with the tail of the shark.
The richness of our marine life arises primarily from the warm current flowing from the seabed, with this fine drag nutrients, producing a good amount of plantón the same as is the staple food of many marine species. The diversity of species is mainly by the position of the Galapagos, which is traversed by the currents of the eastern Pacific Ocean
The Ten Rules of Tourist
Within the archipelago and the uninhabited islands you can not move freely. Unless you have a permit issued by the management of the national park. The normal tourist visit takes place along fixed routes, with special landings and trails bordered by white painted poles. For this reason, it often determines a certain crowding, also due to the fact that the navigation of vessels largely follows the same route. Groups of visitors are always accompanied by licensed guides, equipped with a special license issued by the National Park offices.
Here are 10 essential rules to protect the fragile ecosystem and the islands.
1. During the visits you must stay within the marked paths and be accompanied by a park guide.
2. Do not pet the animals: they can not be recognized by their group as they take on a different smell coming from the man who touched them ..
3. Do not buy items made with teeth or bones of sea lions and turtles, or seashells.
4. Do not give any type of food to animals.
5. Do not disturb the animals: in particular gu birds, if harassed, they can leave the nest with eggs or drop to the ground
6. Do not throw plastic objects out of the boat. Sea turtles can eat them and die for obstruction of the digestive tract. Bring your waste with you ‘on the boat or in a hotel. Do not throw anything into the sea or on the coasts, especially glass objects. Sea lions, finding them, can hurt your nose.
7. Do not collect plants, fragments of rock pieces of coral and shells.
8. Do not write on the rocks.
9. Do not carry fruit is allowed in the islands or a ‘one island to another.
10. Report cases of unlawful behavior
The Galapagos Under Water
The clarity is lacking in these waters, and during the dives you can meet also suddenly currents impetus. Although located at the equator the seabed is totally lacking in color in contrast to what is normally the same latitudes.
The underwater environment is monochrome and bare lava rock is the dominant landscape. In these waters meet the big predators: hammerhead sharks, whale, in the channel of Bolivar passing cetaceans, Cape Douglas there are marine iguanas, among the depths of the sea lions Champion, and of course the fish and spread a little reptiles ‘everywhere as Galapagos sharks, sea turtles, jacks, tuna, grouper, sea eagles, sea lions, etc.
Also for macro photography enthusiasts there is some interesting subject such as typical seahorses.
Equipment: For diving we recommend using at least 5mm wetsuits, because if in the hottest season the sea undergoes a surface heating, deep water remains fresher. The tanks are single-capped aluminum 11 lt. Who DIN attacks must bring home the adapter.
IMPORTANT: For diving you must have with them the Patent and Log-Book.
It also advised to contract the DAN insurance policy.
YOU DO NOT MAKE ANY ACTIVITY ‘DIVING THE DAY BEFORE THE DATE OF RETURN FROM GALAPAGOS OR MAKE spending part INTERVAL 24 HOURS FROM THE TIME OF RETURN FLIGHT. IN THE EVENT OF NON-COMPLIANCE WITH THE DIVING TOUR DOES NOT ASSUME ANY RESPONSIBILITY’.
The most beautiful diving in the Galapagos
It ‘a big Round Rock off the northern tip of the island Isabella and is the top outcropping of a submerged volcano, so that sometimes, when diving, from the cracks between the rocks you can see gas leaks that create suggestive columns of bubbles silver. The rock is located in the open ocean and then swim in the blue a lot of hammerhead shark. It ‘also assured the meeting with the Galapagos Shark, endemic to these islands, which has the’ habit of approaching the sub! At one time in Rotonda Roca visibility it was really poor, but today ocean warming and the change of certain currents have made the water almost crystalline. This paradoxically is a nigno gift.
Punta Vicente Roca
On the west coast of Isabella, in an increasingly rich in plankton water, it is frequent the passage of manta rays and eagle rays and hammerhead sharks are numerous, as are the numerous fish angel emperors and the rabbit fish shoals. It ‘also possible the’ meeting with the sunfish.
This dive takes place in the slope of a small island east of the island of Santiago, with steps leading down to the open sea, reaching great depths. Usually here the water is pretty cold, but nutrient rich that attracts immense shoals of jacks, barracuda, eagle rays, newts, and the inevitable hammerhead sharks; but there are also majestic green turtles, sea lions, which do not seem at all intimidated by the presence of sharks.
Not far from the island of Santiago, on a wall of up to sixty meters, and that must be addressed with caution because of the strong updrafts, about 18 meters, there is a cave with a large entrance almost hidden by a pack sedentary barracuda. There are also plenty of morays.
Around this island you can do two very different dives between them. A Corona del Diablo you dive among the lava rocks of a submerged crater that seem to plunge into the abyss. The most common encounters are snapper, croaker, papagalloe shoals of brightly colored fish with suggestive names: gringos, red riflemen, zapatilla, yellow grunts, and roncador, the blues and blacks grunts, while Chancos are surgeonfish with three conspicuous black spots on the tail. A Champion instead are the sea lions to make a spectacle with their graceful movements, their games, curiosity and tenderness of the puppies. Fun is guaranteed, as long as you stay away from big males patrolling the territory.
A Punta Espeso island of Marchena, 30 meters deep we are on the sandy plateau from which sprout hundreds of shy garden eel swaying in the current, which here can be very forte.E ‘can see stingrays and races and even guitar fish.
The Gordon Rocks rocks are the remains of the volcanic cone at almost the center of the archipelago and the dive takes place right inside of what remains of the crater, where, about 30 meters is seeing an incredible carousel of fish of all type, size and color, which appear closed with no way out in the basin. Stingrays and white tip will swim in the middle without causing panic among their potential victims. A few centimeters from the bottom you can also see bull sharks.
Darwin & Wolf
You can really make exceptional encounters: whales, pilot whales and dolphins are home off of these rocks, and even, near the island of Darwin, socievolissima lives a family of dolphins that welcomes us already a few miles offshore, and playing scortandoci under the bow. Almost without realizing it you get so close to a beautiful natural arch of rock, separated from the coast by a channel. We are about ninety miles north of Isabela, the northernmost point of the Galapagos, the last frontier before the vastness of the Pacific. Carousels of jack fish, parrot fish, red snapper, the usual hammerhead sharks poke around a bit and then disappear.
Twenty miles to the south, the island Wolf. The water temperature is slightly cooler so the variety of tropical fish and invertebrates decline significantly. If you were to define this island in a few words, probably the perfect way would be “the home of hammerhead sharks.” But do not be afraid, they are not dangerous. It is not reported any attack on the sub and on the bottom are reclusive, almost invisible.