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DESCRIPTION OF DIVE SITES

 

Floreana

It is one of the older volcanic islands, and has an uneven profile that is the result of numerous volcanoes and parasitic cones. First island to be inhabited by humans.
Floreana presents an excellent selection of varied dive sites and a few official visitor sites. (Punta Cormoran, Enderby and Champion)

 

Location: South of Santa Cruz Island, 3 possible dive sites, 90 minutes away from our base.

 

Site Conditions: Divers should be alert for changeable currents. Some sites are reef dives where corals and sponges can be found and others are wall dives.

 

Activity: Most of the interesting activity takes place in the shallows where the current strikes the reefs. Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, green turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, barracudas, variety of invertebrates.

Gordon Rocks (minimum experience to participate: 30 logged dives or the previous evaluation of our dive guides at another site)

Location: Gordon Rocks is one of the best dive sites in the central islands. It is an eroded crater at the top of a tuff cone. Near the east coast of Santa Cruz Island, 2 dive sites located 45 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island).

Site Conditions: This rock formation is a world renowned site, for intermediate and advanced divers due to the strong currents and surge.

Activity: Hammerhead shark, Cleaning station, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, mobulas rays, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eel, barracudas, variety of invertebrates.

North Seymour

Location: North of Santa Cruz Island, 2 dive sites located 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island).

Site Conditions: For all levels of divers, although sometimes there can be strong currents. Platform reefs with a diversity of species.

Activity: Cleaning station, sea lions, and many kinds of sharks including Galapagos, white tip reef and hammerhead, mobula rays (small mantas), turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eel, barracudas, variety of invertebrates.

Mosquera

Location: North of Santa Cruz Island between Seymour Island and Baltra Island, this low rocky islet holds sandy beaches where sea lions rest. The one dive site is located 25 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz island).

Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site, a sandy bottom between 15 and 18 metres with garden eels and pelagic species, There is also a wall that starts at 18 metres where we find black coral and variety of invertebrates.

Activity: Hammerhead sharks, black tip reef shark, white tip reef shark, sea lions, turtles, barracudas, reef. fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, mobula rays, Galápagos eel, variety of invertebrates.

Beagle

Location: Off the south coast of Santiago island. Beagle Rocks are three large, steep rocks, the only remains of a tuff cone. About 90 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island).

Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site. It is a reef dive with many corals and sponges.

Activity: Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, barracudas, variety of invertebrates, manta rays and probably solitary hammerhead sharks.

Daphne Minor

Location: Near the north coast of Santa Cruz Island, a big flat-topped exposed rock.  It is an eroded tuff cone. Located 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island).

Site Conditions: Moderate currents at this site, a drift dive along the impressive drop-off at the top of a sloping wall, rocky and sandy bottom.

Activity: Here we find a small cave (this is NOT a cave dive) where white tip reef sharks rest, additionally there is a pinnacle where we find a diversity of rays, Galápagos shark, turtles, reef fishes, barracudas, black coral walls and variety of invertebrates.


Bartholomew The Platform

Location: Located at the east side of Santiago Island, a small island where we see the famous pinnacle rock of Bartolomé, located within 90 minutes from the Itabaca Channel (north side of the island Santa Cruz).

Site Conditions: moderate current, is a platform at about 10 meters (33ft) deep with enough variety of reef fishes. We also find the edge of this platform a submarine canyon from 15 meters (50ft) deep with chance encounters pelagic species.

Activity: white tip shark fin, reef fish, barracuda, turtles, modula rays, stingrays and a variety of invertebrates and mollusks.

Cousins

Location: Located on the east coast of Santiago Island near the island of Bartolome, within 90 minutes from the Itabaca Channel (north side of Santa Cruz). It is a triangular-shaped islet.

Site Conditions: Under normal conditions no strong currents, diving is on a shelving reef, with many endemic black corals on the walls.

Activity: Cleaning station, pacific seahorses, barracudas, sea lions, Galapagos shark, white tip shark, sea turtles, reef fish, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, and a variety of invertebrates and mollusks.

 

 


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