Blue deep waters, exuberant flora and fauna, spectacular wild and marine life, all make the Galapagos Islands one of the best snorkeling spots in the world. 

The Enchanted Islands are the perfect destination for deep sea and marine life lovers. In 2001, UNESCO declared the Galapagos Marine Reserve a World Heritage Site, which represents one of the most unique ecosystems in the world for its high biodiversity. This reserve is also considered the largest marine reserve in Ecuador and the second largest in the world.

Galapagos Marine Reserve involves several different habitats. Seamounts, reefs, underwater cliffs, wetlands, and lagoons. These places are home to a wide range of species. Dolphins, albatrosses, sharks, sea lions, penguins, fur seals, rays, cormorants, marine iguanas, sea turtles, and tropical fishes. 

All of the islands’ great marine and wildlife biodiversity is the result of their location along the equator. The warm and cold ocean currents that reach the islands carry rich nutrients that support marine life.

The Galapagos Islands offer you the opportunity to live a unique underwater experience. It ‘s just strap on a mask and snorkel and jump in with the fish. The islands are a world class diving and snorkeling destination. In other words, visitors can enjoy a variety of snorkeling sites: from easy beach excursions to the strong currents of the Devil’s Crown, there is something for every skill level.

Here we share with you a guide about Galapagos Islands best snorkeling places. And everything you need to know to make your experience unique and magical. 


If you visit Galapagos and you don’t snorkel, it’s like not having been there. The best part is that you don’t need to be an expert to do this sport. You just need to be eager to immerse yourself in the amazing seascape. 

Here are some of the best snorkeling spots in Galapagos Islands!

Free day visit in Galapagos

Land tour 

By cruise ship

These snorkeling spots are accessible only on a liveaboard cruise.

In this video you can see a little of the experience that snorkeling brings. It is a unique experience that you must have the opportunity to live. 


It is important to know when to plan your trip to the Islands.

Hot Season: It runs from December to May. Temperatures range from 65 to 85 degrees. At this time of the year it is characterized by calm waters and tend to be warm.  Diving at this time of the year is optimal. 

Dry Season: Runs from June to November. Temperatures range from 60 to 80 degrees. The waters at this time of year are cooler and a bit rougher due to the wind. But the good news.

Thanks to the rich underwater currents that arrive during these months, the marine fauna is much more active. A wetsuit is always an option so you can still comfortably enjoy Galapagos snorkeling!


Follow all the recommendations to make your activity totally enjoyable. 

Snorkeling in Galapagos islands is definitely an activity not to be missed. The underwater experience is amazing, you will witness all the marine species in its maximum splendor. Don’t be afraid and get into the action, you won’t regret it! 

Here, you can see some of our trips to the Islands that offer you the opportunity to snorkel.

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