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Top Snorkeling Spots in the Galapagos Islands

Immerse yourself in an underwater world unlike anything you’ve ever seen. The Galapagos Marine Reserve has been named one of the wonders of the underwater world, and rightfully so – with thousands of vibrant species of fish, coral, and sea life, it will leave any snorkeling explorer breathless? and not just because you’re underwater.

An essential part of every Galapagos vacation is snorkeling – it allows people of all skill levels to witness the rainbow of marine life that is hiding just beneath the surface in the crystal waters of the Galapagos Islands.

For those lucky enough to visit all corners of the Galapagos, you will see completely different marine ecosystems around each island. However, it is more likely that your cruise or tour will only focus on one specific region of the Galapagos, so if snorkeling is important for you, then know which areas are the best spots to see exactly what you want to see.

We have procured this list of the best spots to snorkel in the Galapagos Islands and what you can anticipate finding in each one. Your bilingual, naturalist guide will give briefings every night before you head out as well, so that you can identify the various species that you see.

Most of the spots are only accessible by dinghy, and Devil’s Crown is only available on certain cruises (not from land-based tours). When planning your trip, if you have your heart set on one of these sites, you should verify with your operator if your itinerary includes it.

The National Park approves the sites in advance based on traffic, availability, and conservation considerations, so changing sites during your trip will not be an option.