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General Information

Scuba Diving in the Galapagos Island

The Galapagos Islands, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978 is an internationally dive destination. The Galapagos are volcanic oceanic islands, unconnected to the continent; deep sea makes the water rich in nutrients and therefore thriving with life. It is an incredible experience, because you can swim through corals, beside penguins, iguanas, sea lions, many colorful fishes and some other animals that you haven’t imagined before.

 

Invertebrates Species

24 species of sea urchins, 28 species of sea stars, 30 of sea cucumbers, approximately 600 of Mollusca, and more than 100 of crabs exist in the Galapagos. The colors and the shapes will fascinate you during the dives.

 

Corals

31 non-reef building corals 30% of them are endemic and 13 reef builders are reported. They are congregated in some areas, especially in Darwin and Wolf Island where more warm waters are present. Out of those congregations, you should not expect to find large quantities of corals.

 

Travel information about the Islands

Flying to Galápagos

Due to the extreme fragility of Galápagos we must follow some procedures on our way to the islands. All crafts, by airborne or seaborne, must be screened to ensure no threatening species is introduced to the islands. Your luggage must be examined by specialized equipment at the AGROCALIDAD- SICGAL facilities of the airport before being taken to the airline counter. Some luggage may be requested to be opened if instructed so by the screening officer. Please comply with this procedure.

Also at the airport, the INGALA Transit Control Card (Tarjeta de Control de Tránsito, in Spanish) must be purchased. The cost is $20 per guest.

 

Arriving in Galapagos

Galápagos is one-and-half hours flight from the nearest airport, Guayaquil. Quito is an additional half-hour further away. You have to change your watches one hour behind mainland time.

Once in Galápagos, make sure you have all your belongings with you and your personal documents to be presented to the National Park and Migration staff. Three queues will form at the terminal: Ecuadorian nationals, foreign visitors and Galápagos residents. You must present your personal documents and the Transit Control Card before paying the National Park entrance fee. Payable IN CASH ONLY:

  • Foreign tourists 12 years old or above $100.
  • Foreign tourists under 12 years old $50.
  • Nationals of MERCOSUR or ANDEAN COMMUNITY OF NATIONS countries, 12 years old or above $50.
  • Nationals of MERCOSUR or CAN countries, under 12 years old $25.
  • Ecuadorians or foreigners RESIDENTS in Ecuador, 12 years old or above $6.
  • Ecuadorians or foreigners RESIDENTS in Ecuador, under 12 years old $3.

Make sure you keep both the Transit Control Card and the National Park Entrance Fee receipt.

As you exit the Immigration and National Park control, with a last manual-check of your hand luggage, you will be met by our guides. They will direct you to the ground transportation to start your expedition and answer questions or concerns you may have. WELCOME TO THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS!

 

Oceanic conditions and Weather in the Galápagos

Galápagos has a unique condition: it is located directly on the equator line, but it is influenced by a cool arctic stream, the Humboldt Current. Despite being entirely in the tropics, Galápagos has cooler temperatures due to the oceanic upwelling and the presence of the Humboldt Current from May to November, with average sea surface temperature at 20°C (70°F). Windbreakers are useful, especially early morning or late afternoon and night. Wet suits and Snorkeling equipment are available for rental.

From November until May, average sea surface temperature rises to 25°C (77°F). This allows rains to be present more often over the islands. The otherwise dry archipelago becomes green and vibrant in terrestrial life for a few months.

 

Rules of the Galápagos National Park

  • Fruits, seeds, are not allowed to be taken to Galápagos. There will be controls at departing and arriving airports.
  • No animal, plant or mineral may be removed from the islands. Stick, stones, sand or bones must be left where found.
  • Please be careful not to transport any live material to the islands or from island to island. Each one has its unique fauna and flora and introductions can quickly destroy their balance.
  • Visitors into the National Park areas must be led by authorized Naturalist Guides.
  • Please do not touch or handle animals. Even the fearless animals of the Galápagos require a certain distance, and do not like to be encroached upon. Respect this distance as attempting to touch them will disturb them.
  • Please do not feed the animals. This can be dangerous to you and it will also affect the social structure and natural behavior of the animals.
  • Please do not startle or chase any animal from its resting or nesting spot.
  • Please stay on the marked trails. It is important that visitors do not damage vegetation or cause erosion.
  • Please do not throw any litter over board and no any garbage on National Park areas.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the National Park, only on board in designated areas.
  • The use of cell phones or satellite phones is not permitted in National Park visitor sites. Microwave emissions may affect the wildlife and they certainly damage the natural setting for others.
  • Please do not buy any souvenirs made from native Galápagos products, (except for wood) as this encourages the exploitation of these resources. Especially do not buy sea lion teeth, black coral, or tortoise / turtle shell products.
  • Do not hesitate to show your conservationist attitude.

 

Time Zones

The Galápagos Islands [Central Standard Time or GMT (-6)] are one hour behind mainland Ecuador [Eastern Standard Time, GMT (-5)].

 

Packing list

  • On board of a Cruise at Night: Casual attire for dining; no shorts, swimwear or tank tops.
  • On Shore: shorts or fast-drying slacks, T-shirts, or long sleeved cotton shirts.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • Thongs or sandals.
  • Wind-breaker.
  • Hat with a brim.
  • Bathing suits.
  • Bandana to cover the back of your neck from the sun’s rays.
  • Sunglasses (with holding strap).
  • Extra set of glasses or contact lenses + lens solution.
  • Sun block (SPF30 or higher).
  • Insect repellent (Mosquitoes are NOT malaria carrying).
  • Grooming kit.
  • Personal medication.
  • Multi-purpose Zip-lock bags (they are allays so handy!
  • Camera gear, extra memory and charger (or extra batteries).
  • Lip balm (SPF30 or higher).
  • Portable computer or Tablet

 

Luggage

Each passenger is allowed to carry up to 20 kg (44lbs) aside from hand-luggage

 

Electricity

Electrical outlets on board are North American Type A, with two parallel blades or North American B, two blades with one grounding plug. Ecuador uses 120V 60Hz. 220V outlets are available in some cruises and ships.

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General Information

Scuba Diving in the Galapagos Island

The Galapagos Islands, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978 is an internationally dive destination. The Galapagos are volcanic oceanic islands, unconnected to the continent; deep sea makes the water rich in nutrients and therefore thriving with life. It is an incredible experience, because you can swim through corals, beside penguins, iguanas, sea lions, many colorful fishes and some other animals that you haven’t imagined before.

 

Invertebrates Species

24 species of sea urchins, 28 species of sea stars, 30 of sea cucumbers, approximately 600 of Mollusca, and more than 100 of crabs exist in the Galapagos. The colors and the shapes will fascinate you during the dives.

 

Corals

31 non-reef building corals 30% of them are endemic and 13 reef builders are reported. They are congregated in some areas, especially in Darwin and Wolf Island where more warm waters are present. Out of those congregations, you should not expect to find large quantities of corals.

 

Travel information about the Islands

Flying to Galápagos

Due to the extreme fragility of Galápagos we must follow some procedures on our way to the islands. All crafts, by airborne or seaborne, must be screened to ensure no threatening species is introduced to the islands. Your luggage must be examined by specialized equipment at the AGROCALIDAD- SICGAL facilities of the airport before being taken to the airline counter. Some luggage may be requested to be opened if instructed so by the screening officer. Please comply with this procedure.

Also at the airport, the INGALA Transit Control Card (Tarjeta de Control de Tránsito, in Spanish) must be purchased. The cost is $20 per guest.

 

Arriving in Galapagos

Galápagos is one-and-half hours flight from the nearest airport, Guayaquil. Quito is an additional half-hour further away. You have to change your watches one hour behind mainland time.

Once in Galápagos, make sure you have all your belongings with you and your personal documents to be presented to the National Park and Migration staff. Three queues will form at the terminal: Ecuadorian nationals, foreign visitors and Galápagos residents. You must present your personal documents and the Transit Control Card before paying the National Park entrance fee. Payable IN CASH ONLY:

  • Foreign tourists 12 years old or above $100.
  • Foreign tourists under 12 years old $50.
  • Nationals of MERCOSUR or ANDEAN COMMUNITY OF NATIONS countries, 12 years old or above $50.
  • Nationals of MERCOSUR or CAN countries, under 12 years old $25.
  • Ecuadorians or foreigners RESIDENTS in Ecuador, 12 years old or above $6.
  • Ecuadorians or foreigners RESIDENTS in Ecuador, under 12 years old $3.

Make sure you keep both the Transit Control Card and the National Park Entrance Fee receipt.

As you exit the Immigration and National Park control, with a last manual-check of your hand luggage, you will be met by our guides. They will direct you to the ground transportation to start your expedition and answer questions or concerns you may have. WELCOME TO THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS!

 

Oceanic conditions and Weather in the Galápagos

Galápagos has a unique condition: it is located directly on the equator line, but it is influenced by a cool arctic stream, the Humboldt Current. Despite being entirely in the tropics, Galápagos has cooler temperatures due to the oceanic upwelling and the presence of the Humboldt Current from May to November, with average sea surface temperature at 20°C (70°F). Windbreakers are useful, especially early morning or late afternoon and night. Wet suits and Snorkeling equipment are available for rental.

From November until May, average sea surface temperature rises to 25°C (77°F). This allows rains to be present more often over the islands. The otherwise dry archipelago becomes green and vibrant in terrestrial life for a few months.

 

Rules of the Galápagos National Park

  • Fruits, seeds, are not allowed to be taken to Galápagos. There will be controls at departing and arriving airports.
  • No animal, plant or mineral may be removed from the islands. Stick, stones, sand or bones must be left where found.
  • Please be careful not to transport any live material to the islands or from island to island. Each one has its unique fauna and flora and introductions can quickly destroy their balance.
  • Visitors into the National Park areas must be led by authorized Naturalist Guides.
  • Please do not touch or handle animals. Even the fearless animals of the Galápagos require a certain distance, and do not like to be encroached upon. Respect this distance as attempting to touch them will disturb them.
  • Please do not feed the animals. This can be dangerous to you and it will also affect the social structure and natural behavior of the animals.
  • Please do not startle or chase any animal from its resting or nesting spot.
  • Please stay on the marked trails. It is important that visitors do not damage vegetation or cause erosion.
  • Please do not throw any litter over board and no any garbage on National Park areas.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the National Park, only on board in designated areas.
  • The use of cell phones or satellite phones is not permitted in National Park visitor sites. Microwave emissions may affect the wildlife and they certainly damage the natural setting for others.
  • Please do not buy any souvenirs made from native Galápagos products, (except for wood) as this encourages the exploitation of these resources. Especially do not buy sea lion teeth, black coral, or tortoise / turtle shell products.
  • Do not hesitate to show your conservationist attitude.

 

Time Zones

The Galápagos Islands [Central Standard Time or GMT (-6)] are one hour behind mainland Ecuador [Eastern Standard Time, GMT (-5)].

 

Packing list

  • On board of a Cruise at Night: Casual attire for dining; no shorts, swimwear or tank tops.
  • On Shore: shorts or fast-drying slacks, T-shirts, or long sleeved cotton shirts.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • Thongs or sandals.
  • Wind-breaker.
  • Hat with a brim.
  • Bathing suits.
  • Bandana to cover the back of your neck from the sun’s rays.
  • Sunglasses (with holding strap).
  • Extra set of glasses or contact lenses + lens solution.
  • Sun block (SPF30 or higher).
  • Insect repellent (Mosquitoes are NOT malaria carrying).
  • Grooming kit.
  • Personal medication.
  • Multi-purpose Zip-lock bags (they are allays so handy!
  • Camera gear, extra memory and charger (or extra batteries).
  • Lip balm (SPF30 or higher).
  • Portable computer or Tablet

 

Luggage

Each passenger is allowed to carry up to 20 kg (44lbs) aside from hand-luggage

 

Electricity

Electrical outlets on board are North American Type A, with two parallel blades or North American B, two blades with one grounding plug. Ecuador uses 120V 60Hz. 220V outlets are available in some cruises and ships.

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