Galapagos landscape is wonderful, but the seascapes are also spectacular. If you are planning to travel to Galapagos Islands and you want to see the beauty of its marine flora and fauna, we recommend you to discover these incredible spots. They are paradises with coral reefs, bright coloured fishes and all kind of amazing sea creatures.
DEVIL’S CROWN IN FLOREANA
Floreana Island has a rich and colorful history about whalers, pirates and a group of settlers who went there in the past. One of the most wonderful places to snorkel is Corona del Diablo or Devil’s Crown, a semi-submerged volcanic crater. The interior is sandy and protected from the waves. There are some underwater tunnels to be explored, with lots of colorful fish, sea turtles and sometimes you can also find sharks. For divers and snorkelers, you cannot miss this opportunity!
KICKER ROCK IN SAN CRISTOBAL
The main attraction of this spot are the sea lions that inhabit the island. Snorkelers can also find fur seals and occasionally stingrays. The place has a good visibility and it is not very deep, so it is perfect for those who don’t have much experience. Punta Carola is another good place for swimming, snorkeling and also for surfing. This beach is located in the north-west of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and it has a beautiful white sand and crystalline water.
TINTORERAS, IN ISABELA ISLAND
Tintoreras is another marvelous spot, located in Isabela Island, the largest of the Archipelago. It is accessible by a boat tour, and you can see iguanas, boobies, penguins and seabirds, among other species. If you want to dive in, you will have spectacular views of the marine wildlife there. Another great place to visit in Isabela is Vicente Roca Point, with high cliffs and a great biodiversity, it is a paradise for naturalists and for snorkelers.
PUNTA ESPINOZA IN FERNANDINA ISLAND
Punta Espinoza, located on the western side of Fernandina, right in the Bolivar Canal, offers incredible views for snorkelers: Galapagos penguins, sea lions, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, sea turtles… and a lot of colorful fishes.
Some practical advices for snorkeling in Galapagos
There are other good spots for snorkelers in the Enchanted Islands, like Islote Mosquera, North Seymour, Gordon Rocks, Daphne Island or Nameless Rock. If you go on board of one of our boutique yachts, you will have the chance to snorkel with our guides.
For scuba diving, tourists need a valid license and there are restricted areas, but snorkeling is more flexible, so it can be practiced in more places. Even though some people are used to cold temperatures, not everyone is comfortable, so we recommend, during the cold season, to rent a wetsuit additionally to the equipment required for snorkeling.