Beginners and experienced snorkelers alike will quickly fall in love with snorkelling in Galapagos. The Marine Reserve showcases numerous unusual coloured fish species, enormous sea turtles, and harmless sharks. And sharing the water with playful sea lions is, of course, an unforgettable experience.
This stunning white sand beach, located a healthy walk from our hotel, is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the Galapagos archipelago. It’s the perfect location for swimming, relaxing, kayaking, snorkeling and even surfing!
The only place on the planet more enchanting than the islands of the Galapagos, is below the surface of the waters that surround them.
Here, in the myriad shades of blue of the Pacific Ocean, live sharks, snake eels, sea turtles, mantas, amberjacks, and barracudas as well as tropical fish, multi-coloured sponges, moray eel, octopus, and more – sharply focused in the crystalline waters. Divers often report playing with curious sea lion pups, watching a marine iguana on a mission, and the heart-stopping thrill of being surrounded by hammerheads. This is a universe all of its own, unsurpassable to divers in variety and abundance of marine wildlife.
As per the rules of the Galapagos National Park, there are only two ways to scuba dive in the archipelago:
Take a live-aboard diving cruise – normally a week-long itinerary for very experienced divers. Three dives per day with no land visits permitted.
Stay at a hotel on one of the inhabited islands and do day dives off a small yacht.
So, if you prefer the life aquatic, the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel is your ideal diving base, either for a few days of diving, or to combine before or after an expedition cruise.
If your companion or companions aren’t into diving like you are, the creatures to discover, kayaks to paddle, bikes to ride and attractive pool make the Finch Bay the best option.
The Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel offers PADI-designed programs to allow guests to experience the thrill of scuba diving in a safe and fun environment while enjoying the best the Galapagos has to offer. A comprehensive underwater experience for adventurous divers who want to take home unforgettable memories, the diving programs include most dive sites within the Central Islands.
SCUBA DIVING DETAILS
DIVE SITES (NUMBER OF DIVES PER SITE):
Santa Fe (2), North Seymour (2), Daphne Minor (2), Mosquera Islet (2), Gordon Rocks (2), Cousins Rock(2), Floreana (2).
NOTE: DIVE SITES MAY BE CHANGED DUE TO SEA CONDITIONS, AVAILABILITY, NATIONAL PARK RESTRICTIONS OR SAFETY REQUIREMENTS.
Barracuda, tropical fish, the pelagic big fish, octopus, etc.
Crabs, oysters and starfish
Endemic fish: scorpionfish, hieroglyphic hawkfish, cardinalfish… and many more!
NOTE: MARINE LIFE ENCOUNTERS CANNOT BE GUARANTEED.
We outsource the SCUBA operation to specialists. Following is the schedule of the yachts which our partners operate for day-dives. Schedules can change, so please consult us. Please bring your SCUBA diving license. Our partners will provide you with all required equipment.
Bartolome / Cousin
Seymour Channel / North Mosquera
South Mosquera / Daphne
Seymour Northeast / Seymour Channel
Punta Carrion / Gordon***
*** MINIMUM OF 25 LOGGED DIVES OR THE EVALUATIONS OF OUR GUIDES
Paddling around the waters of the Marine Reserve is a great way both to get some exercise and spot unique endemic wildlife. Birds rest on the cliffs that form the edges of the islands. Sea lions and their pups lie meters away on the beaches.
Explore the otherworldly landscapes formed by volcanic activity, some as recent as 100 years’ ago. Hikes in Galapagos vary from island to island and give visitors the chance to learn first-hand about geology and, of course, to get selfie distance away from fearless iconic island wildlife.
Garrapatero Cove and beach, located on the eastern side of Santa Cruz Island, are considered to have the finest sand in all Galapagos! Enjoy a soothing dip in the waters; take a small trip on a tandem, sit-on-top kayak; lie on the beach; or walk a short distance to a brackish lagoon, home of stilts, plovers, pintails and flamingos.
What better place to enjoy your pastime of biking than on Santa Cruz Island: Beautiful views, little traffic and unique animals on either side of the path. Easy downhill paths lead to walks to the beach accompanied by birdwatching opportunities. A great family activity!