“Where can you dive with marine iguanas, sea lions, whale sharks, and hammerheads in the same day? It’s got to be the Galápagos.” – As written in National’s Geographic 100 Dives of a Lifetime: The World’s Ultimate Underwater Destinations book, the Galapagos is one of the most beautiful and exciting places to go looking for an underwater adventure.

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 “One of the seven underwater wonders of the world” In 2001 was declared “Natural Heritage”

In National Geographic new book they talk about how restricted is diving in Galapagos, but how fun it is because of the same restrictions, which only function is to preserve the most important natural environment in Ecuador.

Galapagos diving is the underwater adventure of a lifetime and is continuously voted one of the world’s best dive sites by experienced divers. The Galapagos is the second largest Marine Reserve in the world. Located on cold water currents from Antarctica and the warm waters of the tropics forming a unique environment where cold and warm water species coexist. Galapagos Diving can best be described as spectacular home to over 500 species of fish, 17% of which are endemic, and an impressive number of large animals including 27 shark species including hammerheads and the enormous whale shark.

We really encourage travelers from all around the world to visit Galapagos and do not miss this great opportunity, during your visit to Galapagos, you should definitely book some diving lessons or in case you are an experienced diver you should go on a diving trip in the beautiful Galapagos Ocean.

If you are interested about tours to Galapagos, we recommend to look our Via Natura Diving tours. For more information contact us at (593) 2 600-5011, send an email to, or visit our web page

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