Galapagos Islands lie on the equator at a distance of about 1000 km from the coast of Ecuador and is one of the most active volcanic regions in the world. Born from the sea they have never had any connections with the mainland. Initially it was one large island, which as a result of tectonic movements, broke up into smaller ones. By changing over the millennia, the Galapagos today offers absolutely exceptional, unique and wonderful natural diversity that is available both on land and under water. These active volcanic islands are home for unique flora and fauna, including a prehistoric animal species found nowhere else on earth. Thirteen main islands, five small and numerous islets and rock formations form part of the Ecuadorian National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Whale sharks and whales
From May to November cold currents bring nutrient-rich planktonic organisms, which are the first step in the food chain and essential for the maintenance of all forms of life on the islands. During those months, the Galapagos Islands are considered some of the best places in the world to meet large quantities of whale sharks and many species of whales.
Darwin and Wolf Islands are about 14 hours sailing to north of the main group of islands. The waters around the islands are characterized by a great concentration of marine life, which makes the Galapagos one of the best and most beautiful diving sites in the world. In contrast to the other islands, Wolf and Darwin were created by damming up the earth's crust. Wolf underwater landscape of the island is quite modest. Rich in nutrients, oxygenated cold water, flowing from the depths along the underwater ridge, characterized by abundant occurrence of unusually large animals to compensate the lack of vegetation. Hammerheads in large shoals is almost standard. Sea turtles and galapagos sharks complete the presentation.
Darwin Island is the most beautiful jewel in the crown of the Galapagos Islands, was the rock of the oceanic arc. Diving here exceeds all expectations. The diversity of large species occurring here is actually impossible to describe: shoals of tropical sharks in the Galapagos, silky sharks, manta rays, mottled moray eels, green turtles, dolphins and marlins. Especially common are also whale sharks, found on almost all dives on Darwin's Arch during the entire season.
The other, extremely popular place that are only available during the dive safari is Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island and Punta Vicente Roca and Cabo Marshal on the Island of Isabela. Each of the diving sites are generally distinguished by a separate character. Punta Espinosa is a reef with lots of seaweed and gorgons. Visitors can also see a lot of tope galapagos. Punta Vicente Roca drops steeply into the depths with unique, changing rainbow of colors, making it a great place for lovers of photography. You'll find a range of shrimp, octopus and red histrions. With luck, we have a chance to meet with the penguins. Cabo Marshal is a place that owes its popularity huge schools of barracudas, sharks and spectacular species hammers sardines, forming clusters of the size of a football stadium. Flowing divers can enjoy your senses, passing through the tunnels the way among the floating fish. The impressions are quite amazing. Cabo Marshal is frequented by manta rays that can be found primarily in the spring.
On arrival in Ecuador, be sure to plan a two day stay in Quito or acclimatization Guayaguil before setting off on a cruise in the Galapagos.
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