January 18th, 2023 – Belen Guerrero
In the Galapagos Islands, Diving is done year-round in water between 20 and 28°C/71 and 85°F.
A big number of sharks migrate northward during the cooler months along with the Humboldt current. The whale shark, silky shark, and Galapagos shark are examples of this. So, in order to increase your chances of sighting whale sharks, the optimal time is between June and December.
The ideal time to see the most animals is from September to November, but the seas will be cooler. Because of the thermoclines at this time of year, the water is even colder than usual for diving.
It will be necessary to wear 7mm wetsuits, hoods, and gloves. But, don’t worry that we always take care of every detail, so you will receive all the needed equipment during your Diving tour or cruise.
Even though there are fewer shark sightings in the warmer season, (January to June) diving conditions are generally better: less rough seas, more clear water for visivility, and warmer water .
You can encounter manta rays and even hammerhead sharks in the warmer months.
You can dive with adult whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, molas, sea lions, turtles, rays, marine iguanas, and a lot more from July to early December, the cooler season.
When diving in the warm season (January to June), you can still see a wide variety of marine life. Many oceanic “big life,” such as hammerhead sharks, may be viewed.
You’ll encounter playful turtles and sea lions that live there all year long. However, you won’t witness marine creatures as frequently, in as much variety, or as much quantity as you would during the cold season.
In conclusion, June to early December is the greatest period to dive in the Galapagos because you can view the large fauna, whale sharks, and large schools of hammerheads. If diving is your only choice between January and early June, We still advise you to do it.
On land and, of course, underwater, Galapagos is one of the planet’s most distinctive tourist attractions. Regardless of the season you visit, you will have a wonderful time. If the big life is your priority, you should schedule your trip for June, July, August, or September.
Be prepared to be amazed by breathtaking landscapes and unique wildlife, this is what makes the Galapagos Islands one of the most fascinating places to dive in the world!