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About San Cristóbal Island
San Cristóbal Island is the easternmost of the Galápagos Islands and the fifth-largest island in the archipelago. The capital of the Galápagos Islands is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal Island, and lots of dive trips are organized from there to the surrounding dive sites. Two airlines fly directly to San Cristóbal airport from Guayaquil. Here divers can find green sea turtles, sharks, Galápagos garden eels, rays, and large schools of fish, including angelfish and grunts. Most of the dive sites are located off the west coast, and some of the best diving and snorkeling in the island is at two offshore rock formations called Isla Lobos (for beginners, depth of 3-9m/10-30ft) and Kicker Rock (intermediate level, depth of 10-40m/30-130ft). Isla Lobos is particularly famous for its colony of outgoing sea lions, while Kicker Rock offers an interesting wall dive where divers can encounter sharks, sea turtles, eagle rays, and colorful reef fish species. Other dive sites are Pitt Point, Tijeretas Hill, Five Fingers, and Whale Rock (easy drift dive with massive schools of fish, with plenty of rays and sea turtles). Española Island is situated not far from San Cristóbal, and has also some good dive sites.
When to go to San Cristóbal Island
Scuba diving in San Cristobal Island is available all year- round. The water temperature ranges from 18-25C/64-77F, depending on the season. Visibility on the island ranges from 5-15m/16-49ft. The currents can range from slight to moderate. On the northeastern coast (where the Pitt Point site is), currents are moderate to strong.