Where it all began, the experience of the true wilderness and wildlife
Ecuador hosts some of the richest marine ecosystems in the world. The Galapagos Islands are home to 2900 known species of fish and marine mammals not to mention endemic seabirds, the only marine iguana in the world and the only penguin that lives north of the equator in the wild.
Of these species, 57 are on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. As one of the most important marine parks in the world we need to bolster the protection of its marine wildlife so it can live and thrive without human threats or intervention.
The cooler, dryer season is June through November, thanks to the Humboldt Current which brings chilly water and cooler temperatures (in the 70s). Though the seas are rougher, experienced divers believe it’s the best time to visit because colder water attracts even more fantastic marine life (such as big schools of hammerhead sharks). It’s also when visitors have a better chance of spotting legendary whale sharks at Wolf and Darwin islands.