Planning Galapagos diving travel for the whole family? Keep these tips in mind to make sure it’s fun for travelers of all ages.
In the Galapagos, the rainy season runs from December to June, but don’t let that fool you—the water ranges from 68°F to 80°F during that time of year, and the days are mostly filled with sunshine. There is little wind then, and even though it rains, it’s still warmer than the other months of the year, when it’s more windy and foggy and the water gets colder. It’s a great destination all year round, but the best time to go is definitely in May and June, at the cusp of both seasons. (Kid tip: This is also the best time of year to snorkel!)
When you go to the Galapagos, you have to see the heart of it: the water. Take the kids on a snorkeling tour and see everything from white tip sharks and green sea turtles, to sea lion pups, penguins and colorful fish like king angelfish, box fish, black-blotched rays, damselfish and hogfish.
Giant tortoises are a staple in the Galapagos, and you can’t do Galapagos diving travel without seeing them. On Santa Cruz Island, there are two turtle reserves, El Chato Reserve and El Rancho Primicias, where giant tortoises roam freely in their natural habitat. No one is allowed to touch the tortoises, but the kids can get up to six and a half feet away—so bring your camera.
So many islands make up the Galapagos, and it’s best to take advantage of your time there and see as many as you can. Tour operators offer day trips by boat (with lunch and a naturalist guide), but if you don’t know where to start, let Surtrek help! Surtrek is the leader in custom Galapagos diving travel, and since their guides have been everywhere, they can give you insider info on exactly where to go.
Scientist Charles Darwin famously got his inspiration from the Galapagos, and at his namesake research station on Santa Cruz Island, you can see why. This free attraction, operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation, is filled with exhibits on the research and conservation of the islands’ animals and plants, iguana and giant tortoise enclosures, and breeding areas.