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Galapagos - this mythical and distant place consists of 19 islands and a dozen smaller islands and volcanic formations - in total it forms a land mass of approximately 8000 square kilometres spread over more than 50,000 square kilometres of sea space. Galapagos is located almost 1000 km west of Ecuador's coast and, because of its remote location, Galapagos was completely isolated from the outside world for several thousand years. 

It was in 1835 when Charles Darwin on the ship HMS Beagle encountered the islands the world open their eyes to the richest and most advanced ecosystems on our planet. It was Darwin's observations on Galapagos, described in his book "About the Origin of Species", which came to overthrow and change human view of creation and human descent.

Today these active, volcanic islands are home to a unique flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the world, known as endemic species. The islands are part of Ecuador's national park system and are classified as a world heritage site. And luckily for us divers, the rich and unique life on land is matched under the oceans surface. 

Photo credit: Anders Salesjö

Galapagos Travel information

  • Time: -6 GMT GMT
  • Currency: US dollar
  • Language: Spanish, guides speak English
  • Water: Avoid tap water and ice made with tap water
  • Visa: Not required for EU citizens
  • Health: Contact your local vaccination clinic for advice
  • Recompression Chamber: A chamber is located at the hospital on Santa Cruz. Treatment is expensive, so be sure to have full dive insurance that covers you.
  • Country number: +593
  • Electricity: Standard 110 volt and US socket

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