Galapagos offers many great opportunities for diving and snorkelling - You can:
Snorkel from shore, a walk or taxi-ride from your room
Snorkel from a Vivencial Fishing or Daily Tour boat
Dive from certain Daily Tour boats
Take a live-aboard Dive Cruise
For more details of the snorkel and dive opportunities in San Cristobal, visit Dive & Snorkel on Helenavista.com (opens in new window).
Wherever you stay, you will find snorkelling opportunities just a walk or taxi ride away. The most popular are.
In San Cristobal:
In Santa Cruz:
Concha y Perla
Day-Tour Snorkelling & Diving
Daily Tour and Vivencial Fishing boats include snorkelling, and in some cases diving, in their itineraries to visit sites in the Marine Reserve.
The same boat may carry a mix of divers and snorkellers. The sites are listed in our Sightseeing page.
The sites more favured for diving are indicated on the map opposite.
The Santa Cruz boats leave from Puerto Ayora or the Ithibica Canal at Baltra.
Live-Aboard Dive Cruises
The liveaboard dive cruises can reach places no-one else can - Especially the far north islands of Darwin and Wolf which are 200km north of Puerto Ayora and offer some of the best diving on the planet.
Kicker Rock is one of the best sites in Galapagos and for that reason most liveaboard dive boats used to be based here. But to limit traffic it is now off-limits to big boats and is the exclusive domain of the Daily Tour and Vivencial Fishing boats.
Now the dive boats are split between Santa Cruz and San Cristobal and concentrate on the central and northern sites.
So if you don’t want to miss out, we suggest you stay a couple of days with us and take in Kicker Rock before or after your cruise.