For Beginners, the best diving areas close to the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are the places known as Tijeretas, Caragua, Leon Dormido and La Bahía.
For Experienced divers (when ocean currents are not so strong) we recommend Roca Ballena and the place known as 5 fingers.
For Beginners & Experienced Divers: The island of Floreana is about 90 minutes south from our dive base. There are 9 diving sites here with generally calm waters. In case, we do find strong currents, we can quickly move to another site, which makes Floreana ideal for divers from all levels. This site is one of the best in the central islands to see significant coral colonies, such as pebble coral and endemic black coral. You might encounter cute baby birds trying to fly for the first time in their lives. You may also see barber fish cleaning sea turtles from parasites.
Floreana is also one of the best sites to dive with sea lions. If that isn’t enough, there is the enticing group of sea horses, stingrays, eagle rays, turtles, long nose hawk fish, barracudas, pelagic fish, white tip reef sharks, Galapagos sharks, and hammerhead sharks.
Santa Cruz / Academy Bay
This is the bay of Puerto Ayora with 5 diving sites all within 20 minutes from our base by boat. Three of the sites are generally calm with little current; ideal for students or novices. At the other two sites, the dives could be a little more complicated if there is a strong current, so they are suitable for intermediate or expert divers.
Frolic with sea lions or listen as the damselfish munches away at its algae farm. You may also see marine iguanas, rays, and even sharks all just a few minutes from your hotel!
This island is a solid structure of basaltic lava rocks about an hour away from our base. The 4 dive sites here generally have excellent visibility and mild currents, making these sites ideal for novices. At the same time, the animals and topography (including a spectacular arch) make them interesting for intermediates and experts.
We can see stingrays, eagle rays, garden eels, turtles, sea lion colonies, morays, pelagic fish, and maybe white tip reef sharks and/or hammerhead sharks.
Santiago / Beagle Rocks
An islet with a wall dropping from the surface into the deepest depths, Cousins Rock is home to a big area of sloping rock plates known as “Planchonal” about two hours from our base. There can be strong currents that create an area of high diversity.
Cousins Rock is full of spectacular endemic young black corals and other sightings may include frogfish, fur seals, sea turtles, sea horses, and, usually, hammerhead Sharks.
The small island of Pinzon is located on the western side of Santa Cruz Island, about 1hr30m cruise away from our base. This beginner/intermediate diving site is on the eastern side where 2 tower-shaped rocks emerge. A wall covered in black coral drops to 10 meters and from there it’s a sandy slope that drops to more than 50 meters.
Species commonly observed include the red lipped bat fish, sea horses, sting rays, turtles and white tip reef sharks.
North Seymour is an uplifted island of lava flow to the north of Baltra Island. There are 5 diving sites suitable for all levels of divers, although sometimes the currents can be strong. These sites have the most different species per square foot of sandy bottom.
We can see cleaning behavior, a large garden eel colony, sea turtles, sea lions, fur seals, eagle rays, yellow-tailed grunts, big-eyed jack, and frequently white tip reef sharks and hammerheads. Occasionally, Galapagos sharks can also be seen here.
This is an isolated offshore tuff cone with vertical walls all around it about one hour from our dive base. The main diving site is a shelf of boulders at about 60 feet and the diving can be difficult depending on the currents and surge.
We usually see many Galapagos sharks here, some schools of pelagic fish, and multicolored sponges on the rock wall.
Santa Cruz / Guy Fawkes
These 4 islets are located on the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island, about 1hr15m cruise from Itabaca channel. In general, the ocean bottom descends in slopes, some almost vertical. The walls of the islets are eroded, full of cavities in some parts, and big rocks covered in black coral in others.
At this intermediate site, divers can observe pelagic species such as Galapagos sharks, white tip reef sharks, turtles, and a wide variety of reef fish and sea lions.
Santa Cruz / Gordon Rocks
This tuff cone formation is a world famous diving site, and is located a 1 hour speed boat ride from the town of Pto. Ayora. There are 4 diving sites in the area, but only two are for beginners. The other two sites are for intermediates and experts since there can be strong currents and surge.
The Gordon Rocks dive sites are mostly walls with a deep bottom. Blend in and blow few bubbles and you may be blessed with a hammerhead sighting! Hammerhead sharks are the main attraction of Gordon Rocks, where they often conglomerate in large schools. You won’t be able to stop looking at this aquarium as you’re likely to also see reef fish, large pelagic fish, golden rays, stingrays, eagle rays, turtles and morays.
In advance, we need to know your desired / preferred diving sites, so we can arrange and properly plan our diving activities with our local diving operators.