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Scuba Diving Galapagos Islands

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Diving Galapagos Islands articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent

Diving Galapagos Islands Overview

The Galapagos is the naturalist’s dream destination, above and below the surface, with all sorts of big fish action, and the remarkable life on each island. Several excellent live-aboards cover the area; however, the government is now limiting itineraries to reduce the impact of tourists.

Galapagos Islands Seasonal Dive Planner

The water temperature is generally about 70° from January to April (the rainy season) and about 66° the rest of the year. Land temperatures also rise during the rainy season, resulting in some uncomfortably hot weather (average daily high is 88°, but it can get much hotter). Visibility tends to drop during the rainy months of February, March, and April. Best months for diving are December and January, then again in May and June. October is probably the worst month, cold and windy. More whale shark sightings are reported during May and June.

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Diving Galapagos Islands Feature Articles and Reader Reports

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Galapagos Islands Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name Area Reporter Dive Date
Academy Diving Review [same] Peurta Ayora and nearby isles Randall S Preissig 2017/10
Aggressor Fleet Review [same] [N/A] Randall S Preissig 2017/10
Peter Hughes -- Sky Dancer Review [same] [N/A] John J. Sambogna 2017/07
Galapagos Aggressor II Review [same] N/A Dave 2017/05
Peter Hughes Diving Review [same] [N/A] Dave G 2017/05
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Diving Galapagos Islands Articles - Land Based

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Bahamas, Carriacou, Puerto Rico . . ., and choose from land-based or liveaboard options in the Galapagos, 10/12

Diving Galapagos Islands Articles - Liveaboards

Belize, Vieques, Indonesia, Molokai Belize, Vieques, Indonesia, Molokai -- Publicly Available, Christmas crowds, lousy food, white tips and mantas, 4/17
When Things Go Wrong, Undercurrent readers disagree on cancellation compensation, 7/16
A Galpagos Meltdown, bitter disappointment far from home, 6/16
Galapagos Sky, Galapagos Islands, where the wild things are, 2/16
Legal Charges Scuttle Galapagos Liveaboards Legal Charges Scuttle Galapagos Liveaboards -- Publicly Available, a lawyer provides his explanation of the Buddy Dive drama, 4/14
Buddy Dive Shut Down in the Galapagos Buddy Dive Shut Down in the Galapagos -- Publicly Available, 2/14

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Galapagos Aggressor I Runs Aground, equipment or human error? the Fleets not saying, 8/13
Bonaire, Fiji, Galapagos, Roatan, great examples of customer service - - and one resort to avoid, 9/11
Peter Hughes Leaves Peter Hughes Behind, 6/10
Death in the Galapagos, a fatal first dive that wasnt fit for not-so-advanced divers, 5/10
The Eric, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, the dive lite version with energetic surface intervals, 4/08
Aquatic Encounters Is Taking a Sabbatical, 4/08
Galapagos Liveaboards Shut Down, 9/07
Serious New Regulations in the Galapagos Islands, 1/07
Sky Dancer, Galapagos, Ecuador, superlative sensory overload, 2/06
Five Well-Rated Galapagos Live-aboards, 2/06
In the Galapagos aboard the Sulidae, 9/96
Lammer Law, 6/95

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Galapagos Islands
including all of Ecuador

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from; just follow the links. -- BD

An American Underwater Odyssey An American Underwater Odyssey: 50 Dives in 50 States
: by Charles Ballinger.

Underwater Odyssey is the story of a scuba diving safari to every state in America. Tired of touring coral reefs, the author embarks on a year-long quest to discover the incredible assortment of adventure diving found in our nation's backyard. His dogged determination to follow his dreams and explore everything from flooded missile sites to abandoned mines should be an inspiration for any diver. Underwater Odyssey transcends the limits of a dive guide to reveal the broader adventure that diving provides.
Order through us, get Amazon.coms best price and some of the profit will be donated to preserve coral reefs.

Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.

Reef Fish Identification Reef Fish Identification: Baja to Panama
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

The latest edition in the popular Paul Humann series of marine life books. The most comprehensive field guide ever compiled for identifying reef fishes from the Gulf of California to the Pacific coast of Panama, including offshore islands. More than 500 photographs of 400 species taken in their natural habitat. The book is dedicated to Baja Legend Alex Kerstitch and includes several of his drawings and photographs. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish’s common, scientific and family names, size range, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution.
Illustrated/Hardcover. 364 pages, price: $27.17.

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