Embark on an Adventure: Discover the Thrilling Whale Shark Season with Galapagos Sky

The Galapagos Islands, renowned for their unique biodiversity and pristine marine environments, offer an unparalleled diving experience. Among the many unique species you can encounter, the whale shark season stands out as a bucket-list experience for any seasoned diver.

So… Why the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are located about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. This remote archipelago is famous for its diverse wildlife, both on land and in the ocean. The nutrient-rich waters surrounding the islands create a haven for marine life, making it one of the best diving destinations in the world.

Sustainability is the heart of the Galapagos. The islands are a model for sustainable tourism and marine conservation. In 2022, the Galapagos Marine Reserve was extended, reinforcing the commitment to preserving this unique ecosystem. The reserve now covers over 133,000 square kilometers, protecting the waters from overfishing and promoting biodiversity.

Numerous conservation initiatives are in place to protect the Galapagos’ natural heritage. The Galapagos National Park Directorate works tirelessly to monitor and conserve the marine and terrestrial environments. Organizations like the Charles Darwin Foundation contribute to scientific research and conservation efforts, ensuring that the islands remain a pristine environment for future generations. Ecoventura, the company that owns Galapagos Sky, supports these initiatives by promoting eco-friendly tourism practices and contributing to local conservation projects.

Whale Shark Season: When and Where

Whale shark season in the Galapagos typically runs from June to November. During this time, the waters around the northern islands of Darwin and Wolf become a hotspot for these magnificent creatures. Whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea, migrate to this area to feed on the abundant plankton and small fish. This area hosts the only migration of whale sharks in gestation, adding to its ecological importance.

These gentle giants, which can grow up to 40 feet in length, are known for their docile nature, allowing divers to observe them at a reasonable and respectful distance in a serene and awe-inspiring environment. Despite their size, whale sharks are filter feeders, consuming plankton and small fish rather than larger prey, making them safe to dive alongside.

What to Expect

Be Prepared for Strong Currents: The dive sites around Darwin and Wolf are known for their strong currents. Make sure you are comfortable with drift diving and have the necessary experience to handle challenging conditions.

Respect Their Space: While whale sharks are gentle, it’s important to maintain a respectful distance to avoid disturbing them. Always follow your guide’s instructions on how to approach and observe these creatures.

Bring the Right Gear: A good quality wetsuit and a dive computer are essential. The water can be cool, so a 5mm – 7mm wetsuit is recommended.

Galapagos Sky: A Gateway to your underwater Adventure

Our 8-day itinerary includes 3 days of diving at Darwin and Wolf, the prime locations for whale shark sightings. Known for its vibrant marine life, Darwin Island is often referred to as the crown jewel of Galapagos diving. The currents here bring nutrient-rich waters, attracting a plethora of marine species, including whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, and even manta rays.

Another hotspot for large pelagic species, Wolf Island offers thrilling diving experiences with its schools of hammerhead sharks, dolphins, galapagos sharks, and of course, the majestic whale sharks.

Our experienced dive guides are knowledgeable about the local marine life and the best diving practices. They ensure your safety and provide valuable insights into the behavior and ecology of whale sharks. We are committed to responsible diving practices and marine conservation. Our briefings include guidelines on how to interact with marine life respectfully to ensure the protection of these incredible creatures.

Galapagos Sky is equipped with modern amenities to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. From spacious cabins to delicious dining, we cater to all your needs so you can focus on the adventure.

Don’t miss the chance to dive with whale sharks in one of the most breathtaking locations on Earth. Join us aboard Galapagos Sky for an unforgettable diving experience that combines adventure, comfort, and conservation.
For more information and to book your trip, visit our website or contact our team on info@galapagossky.com
Let the Galapagos Sky be your gateway to the thrilling underwater world of the Galapagos Islands!