One of Ecuador’s major destinations is on the bucket list of every world traveler. That much visited place is known as the Galapagos Islands and the famed archipelago makes it onto itineraries for the best of reasons. The volcanic scenery is stunning, the beaches inviting, and there are a number of activities. One of the the main activities is of course, seeing a variety of unique and interesting animals that occur nowhere else.
However, while several species are found on dry land, the waters around the islands teem with colorful reef fish, Sea Lions, and even a penguin or two.
There are also Flightless Cormorants, corals, and other marine creatures. Although many of these can be seen right from a boat, the best views are of course beneath the waves. There are several bays for snorkeling and sites where dives result in view of everything from stingrays to barracudas and the occasional shark.
The waters around the islands are so rich in life because they are replenished with nutrients brought there by cold, deep currents, and the reefs and inlets provide a number of places where small and large fish can hide.
Head to the Galapagos, and you have the chance of experiencing tame and unique wildlife both above and below the waves. Don’t forget to bring the dive gear and go snorkeling when taking a Galapagos cruise!