Many divers agree that Galapagos is the absolute pinnacle of the world's liveaboard dive experiences. For advanced divers only, the Northern Islands of Wolf and Darwin are home legendary schools of Hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, and even Whale Sharks. Adventure Life works with the Agressor fleet and Galapagos Sky liveaboard diving yachts. In the Galapagos, the diving attractions aren't so much coral reefs or ideal water conditions, but the mega-fauna that survive in the very remote, highly-protected Galapagos Marine reserve (listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site). The waters around Wolf and Darwin island have the world's highest shark biomass (more, bigger sharks per area) and are also famed for manta ray sightings. Liveaboard diving cruises range from 7 to 14 days in length.
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Galapagos Diving Day Trips vs. Liveaboard Diving Cruises
A Galapagos liveaboard cruise is one of the world's premier diving experiences, yet there are several reasons you may want to also consider taking diving day trips out of one of the major towns of Puerto Ayora (on Santa Cruz Island), Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (on San Cristobal Island), or Puerto Villamil (on Isabela Island).
Northern Islands vs. Central Islands
The Northern Islands of Wolf and Darwin are unique on this planet and are the highlight of most diving cruises. The rest of the Galapagos, and specifically the central islands are also unique on this planet and amazing ecosystems to explore.
Extend a Liveaboard Cruise
Consider 4-Day Diving Extension out of Red Mangrove Lodge, a spectacular beachfront lodge in Puerto Ayora. Combining a liveaboard and a 4-Day diving extension is the ultimate, most complete Galapagos diving experience.