A melting pot of marine species, ocean life flourishes in the Galápagos Islands and a glorious highlight of any Galápagos s cruise is snorkelling. Imagine drifting over a tropical reef, only to discover the colourful aquatic life illuminated in the crystal-clear water below. At once you are transported into the underworld where penguins frolic, turtles glide, sea lions belly flop, sea horses delicately dance, marine iguanas forage, and a myriad of vibrant tropical fish dart about the aqua expanse.
Surrounding the Galápagos, the ocean is home to sublime reefs and an astounding variety of vibrant fish and other fascinating sea life. The chance to snorkel and be privy to the liquid depths, being at one with the current of the ocean and being witness to the daily life of the sea world is at once an invigorating and sublimely tranquil experience.
The azure waters of the surrounding marine reserve ensure that the Galápagos is a world-class, year-round destination. There are a few popular snorkelling spots including Devil’s Crown, a sunken volcanic crater that entices sea lions to play with the snorkeler; or Pinnacle Rock, a glide area for parrot fish and Galápagos penguins. If you want a more thrilling experience, head to Xarifa or Turtle Rock, which beguiles white-tip reef sharks, scorpion fish, sting rays, and sea turtles.
Once in the water you don’t need to look too far, besides the magnificent diversity at the seas depths, the water that caresses your body is alive with aquatic life that wants to meet you. Allured by the invitation the turquoise waters will present you with gentle sea life that wants to engage.
Sublime snorkelling and diving spots can be found easily from major islands.