Diving Info

If you’re always in the hunt for truly unique experiences, then Galapagos diving with the Humboldt Explorer is definitely an adventure you should consider. The Galapagos Islands have become without question a trendy destination due to its many touristic attractions.

Customers who have already had a Galapagos diving tour on the Humboldt Explorer’s luxurious cruise, agree that it is definitely a life changing experience. Not only to mention, Humboldt explorer passengers can also enjoy non-diving wildlife including land tours to enjoy endemic species and more.

Diving in a huge protected marine reserve as Galapagos means that you will visit a truly untouched and almost virgin territory. Divers are able to encounter a wide array of marine creatures since those waters are commercial fishing-free. Thus, since the Galapagos Islands are volcanic oceanic islands, its underwater soil is rich in nutrients which allow life to exist at its fullest.

Galapagos Diving: A Truly Unique Adventure

While diving, the tourist will be able to observe stingrays, sea turtles, seals and a wide variety of fish. Reef fish including parrot fish, surgeonfish or colorful wrasses are also frequently seen in the Galapagos underwater.

In some diving spots hammerhead sharks, penguins, iguanas, eagle rays, octopus, booby and sea lions can be encountered. In deeper waters, divers may spot more easily reef sharks, hammerhead sharks and whale sharks. In fact, stingrays are found close to sandy areas near the shore and sea turtles remain close to seaweed beds. No wonder why the Galapagos diving tours are well-known among the worldwide diving community.

The Galapagos Islands are considered a world icon since the visit of Charles Darwin in 1835. Darwin was able to appreciate the ecosystem in its natural state. His observations contributed to the formation of his “Theory of Evolution” which stated that the strongest species survive and propagate and later concluded that the isolation of the islands had allowed species to evolve and adapt to each ecosystem explained in his masterwork “On the Origin of Species”.

We are always open to all your inquiries about the Galapagos diving experience. Do not hesitate in contacting us for more information on the availability and rates of the Humboldt Explorer’s Galapagos diving tours.

The Humboldt Explorer crew is committed to provide you with the best service while you take any of their Galapagos scuba diving tours. They are also aware of all the requirements a certified diver needs to have in order to access the paradise waters of the Galapagos Islands. Below you will find a complete list of the necessary equipment and documentation for these Galapagos diving tours.


The vessel provides tanks, weights, and weight belts for your use. If you prefer to rent the rest of your equipment from us, we have all of the gear that you will need. The following items are the diver’s responsibility:

  • Certification Card
  • Diving Log Book (strongly encouraged)
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins
  • Booties (if you wear them)
  • Buoyancy Control Device (required) *
  • Regulator w/alternate air source, submersible pressure and depth gauges (required)*
  • Underwater time piece (required)
  • Dive computer *
  • Wet suit – 5 mm to 7 mm *
  • Hooded vest
  • Gloves
  • Repair kit w/ spare parts
  • Safety flag
  • DiveAlert air horn for regulator

* Available for rent on board Most of our guests bring their own complete set of dive gear. This is the ideal situation, however, due to weight limits or additional travel plans some of our guests choose to rent gear. We strongly recommend that you bring your own mask, gloves, booties, fins, hood or hooded vest and computer. A personal wetsuit is also a good idea if you have space. Diving in Galapagos can be challenging and it is important that you are comfortable.

Recharging station

The dive deck is equipped with individual gear bins, large camera table, recharging station, air and nitrox filling stations, tank racks, and a separate fresh water rinse tank for underwater camera equipment. Diving operations are conducted from two large pangas (tenders), easily boarded from the dive deck. The Humboldt Explorer is also equipped with a satellite telephone for emergency calls worldwide.

Dive insurance

Due to the nature of this trip and the very remote nature of the destination, all divers are required to have dive accident insurance when diving from the Humboldt Explorer, and to note the policy number on their application form.

Diving conditions

(Water temps in summer average 65*F, 70*F in winter)

  • The weather in the Galapagos has water temperatures ranging from 65 -75 degrees F from December through May and 60 – 70 (F) June through November.
  • Water temperatures are at the higher end of the scale in both Darwin and Wolf. Air temperatures range from 75 (F) or higher in the rainy season (December-May) to the mid 60′s (F) during the dry season (June – November), with nearly constant sea breezes.
  • Currents can range from 1 to 5 knots at the sites we visit, and visibility is generally between 30 and 80 feet.
  • Most divers are comfortable with a 7mm wetsuit June – November with a hooded vest and gloves and a minimum 5 mm wetsuit December – May.
  • Gloves and hood are strongly recommended.
  • Your dives will be done from the pangas with an easy backward roll into the water. After you dive, your tank will be lifted back into the panga and you will board via its stern ladders or with assistance from the side.

Minimum age restrictions

(Under the age of 15 must dive with parent/ guardian)

The minimum certifiable age for divers is 10 for most SCUBA certification agencies; normally, the agencies restrict 10 and 11 year olds to a maximum depth of 40 ft.

  • All children under the age of 15 must travel and dive with their parent or guardian, unless undergoing active training with an instructor.
  • This itinerary offers no diving opportunities at depths less than 40 feet; diving opportunities for 10 and 11 year olds are not available on this itinerary.

For this reason, a minimum age of 15 for divers is strongly suggested.

Safety standards

(Dive insurance required)

To ensure your safety, we require the following of all divers:

  • All divers must be certified as open water scuba divers by an internationally recognized certification organization.
  • All divers must be experienced divers (we recommend that you have more than 100 logged dives) and have logged at least one dive within the 6 months prior to boarding the vessel. Dives are very often at an advanced level.
  • Currents can be very strong and often divers are required to swim against them.
  • All dives are guided by an instructor/naturalist guide and due to Galapagos National Park regulations all divers must dive with the guide at all times.
  • All divers must log in and out of the water with a member of the diving staff.
  • Decompression diving is not permitted under any circumstances. The maximum depth allowed is 130 ‘(110′ in Nitrox).
  • All divers must have a submersible console including SPG & depth gauge, time piece or dive computer with these functions.
  • Decompression diving is not allowed under any conditions. The maximum allowed depth is 130′ (110′ on nitrox).
  • Diving activities must cease when the consumption of alcohol begins.
  • All divers must present proof of dive insurance per Galapagos National Park regulations.
  • All divers must also carry a DiveAlert, a surface signaling device, and an electronic beacon while diving (all available on board).
  • Guests are responsible for all items they borrow from the vessel.
  • Please note that, due to a combination of staff and equipment logistics, insurance requirements and local diving regulations, neither rebreathers nor diver propulsion vehicles (DPVs) may be used aboard.