Life on land is all well and good, but life under the water is a whole different ball game. And, where better to experience this magical underwater kingdom than off the shores of the mystical Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands are known as one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world. For those who do not scuba dive, snorkeling the waters of Galapagos is just as spectacular.
Snorkeling presents us with an easy way to observe what’s going on under the surface. Simply put your mask on with the snorkel and dip your head into the water. Immediately, you will be able to bear witness to all sorts of enchanting wildlife. Colorful fish may well be swimming around rainbow coral while larger animals float leisurely through the water.
Of course, the best thing about snorkeling in the Galapagos is that almost all Galapagos cruises and tours offer this as an excursion. Some of our best-selling Galapagos cruises are: Galapagos Legend, Petrel, Treasure of Galapagos and Natural Paradise, among others.
As mentioned previously, the Galapagos Islands is one of the best places on earth to do snorkeling. But, what makes this part of the world so amazing?
The number one reason that people flock to the Galapagos Islands is the wildlife that can be found there. The unparalleled array of exotic and endemic animals has been keeping the islands’ tourism industry afloat ever since Darwin first recorded being there.
So, if you decide to go snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands you might just catch a glimpse of the following: sea turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas, white-tip reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, starfish, eagle rays and a whole host of tropical fish. And that’s not even an exhaustive list!
If you were looking for a reason to buy yourself a Go Pro or other underwater camera, now you have one. Snorkeling in the Galapagos archipelago is an experience unlike any other, primarily due to the number of animals here that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Galapagos Snorkeling Sites
Depending on how strong a swimmer you are, there are a number of different snorkel sites around the Galapagos Islands. If you aren’t confident in the water then you should stick to the off-shore sites. In other words, the ones you can walk to from the beach. This makes it easy for you to rest if you get tired. The down side to these sites is that you won’t see as much wildlife. There will always be a skiff boat following you around, so if you do get tired, you can always swim back to the boat to rest.
Those who consider themselves strong swimmers can try some of the more challenging snorkeling spots. These sites include Kicker Rock near San Cristobal; Pinnacle Rock on San Bartolomé; and Devil’s Crown off the coast of Floreana. These sites offer the chance to get up close and personal with sharks, eels, rays and more.
It is worth nothing that some of the more exciting snorkeling spots can only be reached by cruise. If you have your heart set on a specific site then make sure you find out whether or not your cruise will stop there.
Tips for Snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands
So, you know where to go and what you might see while you’re there. Now it’s time for a few tips before you get your gear on and plunge into the great unknown.
- Leave the wildlife alone. Don’t try and touch the animals or get too close to them just admire them from afar.
- Make sure your mask fits properly. It should be tight but not uncomfortably so. If you aren’t sure, ask your guide to help you adjust it.
- Stick near your guide as they will probably be able to point out things you might have missed.
- Use lots of sunscreen. The cool water will make you think you aren’t getting burnt - but you are. Lather up regularly.
- Take an underwater camera so you can keep a tangible record of the things you see.
- Don’t overdo it. If you start to get tired then take a break.
The Galapagos Islands are completely unique and have made appearances of thousands of bucket lists over the years. If it wasn’t already on yours, I hope it is now! For more information about Galapagos snorkeling, please contact us or call 1-888-215-3555.