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Diving Wolf and Darwin Islands

Listed under Diving in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

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  • Photo of Diving Wolf and Darwin Islands
  • Photo of Diving Wolf and Darwin Islands
  • Photo of Diving Wolf and Darwin Islands
  • Photo of Diving Wolf and Darwin Islands
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For scuba divers the trip to Wolf and Darwin Island is not to be missed. Both islands are very remote and require an overnight steam from the north point of Isla Isabela. The land is protected and passengers cannot do land tours like on the other islands in Galapagos, but under the water is where you'll see large schools of hammerhead sharks, free swimming moray eels, dolphins, king angelfish, Galapagos sharks, and during the rainy season, whalesharks! During the months of July and August the conditions can be rough with quickly changing strong currents, but this is the best time to see these amazing fish. This is why Darwin and Wolf attract advanced scuba divers from all over the world.

Because of recent restricitons imposed by the government of Ecuador there have been a number of serious changes to visitor travel itineraries. Be sure to do your homework before going there and only work with a reputable travel agent that has a lot of experience in the area. If you are going there to scuba dive, make sure you will get out to Darwin and Wolf. Not all boats go there. I personally much prefer to book my trips with a US representative and work with dive operators who respect local laws. For example, a boat or ship that sails under the flag of some foreign countries will have less safety requirements than others. Be sure to ask about things like fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and sprinklers in the staterooms. This is the perfect destination to buy that trip insurance.

Written by  Bonnie Pelnar.

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All yachts that dive in the Galapagos have undergone a rigorous application process, must meet international safety standards and environmental standards. They all sail under the Ecuador flag. There are very few live-aboards in the Galapagos. In 2010, there will be a total of 7, possibly 8 period. In 2011, some with new permits may begin diving. Only Ecuadorians own the live-aboards and the permits.

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That's interesting to know, thanks very much.

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