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Nautidiving is a dynamic and flexible company that guarantees
superior customer service and a safe, enjoyable diving
experience. Nautidiving is the premier dive center for
scuba instruction in the Galapagos. We offer land based
and liveaboard vacations, PADI courses, and cruises
to Darwin and Wolf.
Galapagos Islands are located on the Equator, 600 miles
off the west coast and part of Ecuador. Visitors will
experience unique encounters with prolific wildlife
both topside and underwater. The waters surrounding
the islands become the meeting point of three distinctive
oceanic currents which result in a bizarre mix of warm
and cold water species. Sharks, sea lions and turtles
can be seen on nearly every dive. Topside, you'll see
flamingos, penguins, giant tortoises, sea lions, blue
footed boobies, iguanas, and a whole lot more. Many
of these animals are unique to the islands, found no
where else in the world. Most remain unafraid of human
visitors; making for incredible photo opportunities.
Dive sites are usually not located adjacent to the main
islands. The most exciting diving is found around smaller,
isolated rock pinnacles which rise abruptly from the
water's surface. These rock croppings act like a magnet
to attract a wide variety of marine life. All dive sites
are accessed by means of a short ride by inflatable
boat. Vertical walls, ledges, shelves, submerged boulders,
and sand chutes are all part of the underwater topography.
Hammerheads, Galapagos, and reef sharks are sighted
daily. Dolphin, Orcas, and other whale species are often
spotted from the boat. In shallow areas, divers can
delight in the playful antics of the sea lions.
flights to Galapagos depart only from Quito and Guayaquil
airports. There are two airports in Galapagos - Baltra
and San Cristobal Airports. There is a Third small airport
in Isabela, for small Emetebe inter-island flights,
carrying 6 people.
must be in the airport at least two hours before flight
departure. 20 Kg. weight is allowed.
(Galapagos Inspection and Quarantine System) will check
your baggage in and out of the islands, looking for
forbidden organic products. In order to enter the Islands,
you must to have the Transit Card from INGALA. You can
buy it directly in the airport before flight (US$ 10).
After several attempts to protect the surrounding waters,
in March 13, 1996, the Galapagos Marine Reserve was
declared with 70.000 square Km. and 1.400 Km of coast.
In 1990 shark fishing was prohibited
In 1992 the Galapagos was declared a "Whale's Sanctuary".
In 1985 United Nations declared the Galapagos a "Reserve
of the Biosphere"
In 1989 CEDAM Intl. Declared the Galapagos islands "One
of the seven underwater wonders of the world"
In 2001 The islands were declared "Natural Heritage"
DIVING CONDITIONS AT THE GALAPAGOS
Galapagos Islands scuba diving isn´t necessarily
for real beginner divers. We recommend it for mid-level
to advanced divers, especially for certain areas. Dive
shops will advise you on the conditions at that time
and can suggest less strenuous itineraries for beginners.
Diving conditions at the Galapagos are considered medium
to hard due to the currents, depth and shape of the
dive sites, temperatures and fauna. However, for those
of you who want to get your PADI certificate, there's
no better place than the Galapagos. Even in the waters
near the islands, will give you the chance to swim with
sea lions, watch mantas, look out for flounders, colorful
fish, and perhaps even dodge the hungry nibbles of a
Blue Footed Booby, diving for its mid-morning snack.
GALAPAGOS TEMPERATURES The range of surface temperature
of the sea is from 18ºC to 30ºC. September
to November are the coldest months, and February to
April the warmest. Thermoclines are present, between
10 to 30 meters depth ( 30 to 100 feet) and the temperature
can drop from one to five degrees Celsius. Galapagos
Islands scuba diving shops will supply divers with wet
suits and appropriate gear for the temperatures.
CURRENTS You will probably dive in the Galápagos
in medium to strong currents. We understand medium currents
to be between one and three knots (between 1 and 4 miles/hour
or between 2 and 6 Km./hour), and strong currents are
more than three knots (more than 4 miles/hour or 6 Km./hour).
Galapagos diving can be tricky if you are caught in
an unexpected current on the surface. Just relax, get
positive bouyancy and call the boat. If you are in a
group, get close together. In the garúa season
(from July to December) the Humboldt current coming
from the southeast is present. In the warm season (
from January to June) the Panamá current from
the northeast arrives in the Galápagos.
GALAPAGOS VISIBILITY couldn't be better! 100 feet or
30 meters often is present in the Galápagos waters.
You shall expect a visibility from 50 to 80 feet or
15 to 25 meters in most of the places. In some areas
and in some seasons due to the richness of phytoplankton,
green waters are present. This planktonic algae is the
first step in the trophic chain and is necessary to
sustain all marine life at the islands.