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Diving at Darwin Island in the Galapagos is considered to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many divers. This remote island, located in the northernmost region of the archipelago, is known for its incredible marine biodiversity and is one of the top diving destinations in the world. As you descend into the depths of the ocean, you'll immediately notice the crystal-clear waters that offer unparalleled visibility. Schools of hammerhead sharks are a common sight at Darwin Island, and divers often see hundreds of them swimming in unison. These majestic creatures are one of the main attractions at the site, and seeing them up close is an experience you'll never forget. In addition to hammerheads, you'll encounter a wide range of other shark species, including Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, and occasionally even whale sharks. These magnificent creatures can be seen gliding through the water, providing divers with a rare opportunity to witness them in their natural habitat. Other notable marine life at Darwin Island includes large schools of jacks and snappers, as well as eagle rays, manta rays, and sea turtles. The underwater landscape is also striking, with dramatic drop-offs and stunning coral formations that are home to a variety of invertebrates and smaller marine life


When To Go Diving

The best time to go diving at Darwin Island in the Galapagos is from June to November. During this time, the water temperature ranges from 65-75°F (18-24°C), and the visibility is at its best, reaching up to 100 feet (30 meters) or more. The weather conditions during this period are also generally calm, making it easier to navigate the waters and access the diving sites. This period is also the best time to see the hammerhead sharks in large numbers, which are one of the main attractions at Darwin Island. You may also encounter other shark species, including whale sharks, Galapagos sharks, and silky sharks during this time. It's important to note that the diving conditions at Darwin Island can be challenging, with strong currents and deep dives required to access the most spectacular sites. As such, it's recommended that divers have advanced certification and experience in diving in such conditions before embarking on a diving trip to Darwin Island


What to see

There are many marine species that can be seen while diving at Darwin Island in the Galapagos. Here are some of the most notable: hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, manta rays, mobula rays, sea turtles, octopuses 


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