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Diving in Puerto Ayora

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When to go to Puerto Ayora

May through December is considered the cold season with the average water temperate ranging between 16-20C/60-68F. The warm season is from December through May with the average water temperature ranging between 20-26C/68-78F. Visibility is good, about 30m/98ft. Currents are low to medium. What to see This beautiful place offers a great diversity of marine life including endemic corals, sea turtles, manta rays, penguins, barracudas, angelfish, batfish, other tropical reef fish and “friendly” hammerhead sharks. There are over 15 incredible diving locations that include wall, slopes, pinnacles, caves and reefs and will surely satisfy divers of all levels of experience.

Scuba diving in Puerto Ayora

Puerto Ayora is the largest town in central Galápagos Islands, located on the southern shore of Santa Cruz Island, and connected by road and ferry to the airport on Baltra Island. From the shore of Puerto Ayora or by boat divers can access a number of good spots. Most popular dive sites A great place for beginners is Academy Bay with its sites El Bajo, Punta Nuñez, Punta Estrada and Camaño Islet. Punta Estrada is one of the best local places to see white-tipped sharks, blue footed boobies, marine iguanas and sealions. For intermediate divers, Santa Fe is a great destination with its sites La Punta, El Arco and El Barranco, as wel as Floreana Island with Devil's Crown, Punta Ayora and Champion dive sites. Advanced divers will appreciate Cousins' Rock, Gordon Rocks and Enderby (Floreana Island). Cousins' Rock is ideal for macro photography with an average depth of about 12-30m/39-98ft. On the south side, there is a concentration of corals, reef fish, frogfish, sea horses, sea cucumbers and lobster. On the northern side, there is a 45 degree slope ending at a rock and sand platform, where schools of barracudas, eagle rays and golden rays can be easily spotted.