Here we have many great spots for diving and snorkelling:
Snorkelling Around Town, from a nearby beach or a taxi-ride away.
Snorkelling & Diving on Tour-Boats
Snorkelling from Vivencial Fishing Boats
Snorkelling Around Town
There are several locations within easy walking distance of Helena’s Garden, including Punta Carola, Playa Mann, and Las Tijeretas.where you can snorkel in the company of turtles and sea lions. La Loberia is another but this one a 5 minute taxi ride just beyond the airprort. However, the premier snorkelling (and diving) locations can only be accessed by specially licensed boats.
Snorkelling & Diving on Tour Boats
Although there is excellent snorkelling to be enjoyed from the public beaches and walkways, the most spectacular snorkelling and diving is in the Galápagos Marine Reserve or from beaches within the Galápagos National Park, restricted areas which can only be visited on a specially licensed boat in the company of a Naturalist Guide.
Only a limited number of boats have the special license required to conduct tours in the restricted areas and their itineraries are fixed by the Park to avoid congestion and over-use of the destinations.
Tour de Bahia (Bay-tour)
These boats visit Isla Lobos 6 or 7 days a week. Isla Lobos is 8 kms (5 miles) from port. After a walking tour of the islet, guests can snorkel with sea lions, turtles and rays in the crystal clear waters between the islands. A visit to one of San Cristóbal’s beautiful and deserted beaches usually rounds off the day.
Tour Diario de Buceo (Daily-tour with Diving)
These boats visit the various prime “visit sites” where they offer both snorkelling and diving.
Kicker Rock, known locally as Leon Dormido (sleeping lion) is arguably the most famous dive-site in Galápagos:
Other snorkel and dive sites visited on the Daily-Tours include:
Punta Pittand Islote Pitt,
Isla Lobos - Used for check-dives (no landing from the dive-boats).
Tijeretas: Calm and crystal clear - used for check-dive on many excursions.
Additional Diving sites are also served by some of the Daily Tour boats but on a more ad-hoc basis, according to demand: