These two islands are located in the northernmost waters of the Galapagos and feature some of the best diving opportunities in the world. Recently designated as a protected part of the Galapagos Marine Reserve, fishing or extraction of natural resources is no longer allowed in this 15,000 sq. mi. sanctuary. Divers and snorkelers who have the privilege of exploring these northern islands will be immersed in the largest abundance of sharks in the world, and incidentally the world’s greatest fish biomass, averaging 17.5 tons/ hectare. In addition to the plentiful hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, and other species, it is home to a wealth of colorful tropical fish and even sea lions.
Located in the northernmost region of the Galapagos archipelago, Wolf Island is one of the most remote and pristine areas of the national park.
Wolf Island is a favorite destination amongst scuba divers due to its advantageous location at the convergence of important ocean currents, which results in an impressive abundance of marine life.
The island is named after a German geologist called Theodor Wolf who visited the Galapagos in the 1900s.
Wolf Island is home to an array of iconic Galapagos species, including Galapagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, manta rays, sea lions, and marine iguanas.
The island's underwater terrain is characterized by steep drop-offs, volcanic rock formations, and vibrant coral reefs.
Along with the neighboring island of Darwin, Wolf is the remaining visible tip of a massive underwater extinct volcano that rises over 1000m above the sea floor. It is thought to be from 400,000 to 1.6 million years old.
The best time to visit Wolf Island is from June to November, during the dry season when the water is at its clearest and visibility is best for diving.
Diving at Wolf Island is considered a challenging activity perfect for more master divers because of strong ocean currents and the presence of large marine predators, which is also why it's one of the most thrilling and exciting dives in the Galapagos.
Visitors to Wolf Island can also enjoy hiking and wildlife watching on the island's rocky terrain.
Wolf Island is home to a Sharp-beaked Ground Finch that has developed an adaptation behavior in order to survive in the harsh and mostly dry weather of this island. It's known to drink the blood of the Nazca and Red-footed Boobies and other birds that nest on the island in order to keep hydrated. To many's reliefs, their feeding does not seem to harm the boobies.
Wolf Island is part of the Galapagos Marine Reserve, one of the largest marine reserves in the planet that helps to protect the unique ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands and the waters that surround it.
Like most of the archipelago, Wolf Island, is considered a living laboratory for scientists and researchers studying evolution, ecology, and conservation, making it a truly special and unique destination for nature lovers and adventurers.