Ocean Depths: Snorkeling Adventures in the Galapagos

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Snorkeling with fish - Genovesa

Santiago Island

Our early morning adventure was underway at a tourist destination on Santiago Island called Buccaneer’s Cove. Our morning’s primary activity, snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands, was set to begin at the appointed place after a brief panga (raft) journey along the coast. Because of its unique terrain, Buccaneer’s Cove is among the most picturesque locations in the entire archipelago. It’s a reasonably fantastic place, primarily because of the multicolored ash cliffs that rise to great heights. This geological spectrum is accompanied by formations that, with some creativity, one could easily mistake for an elephant, a bishop, or even a praying monk.

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When we first got to the island, the conditions could have been better because there was a slight current and some small waves that kept knocking us off balance. However, there was minimal impact on visibility inside and outside the water, allowing us to see practically to the bottom. Additionally, the water’s temperature was rather pleasant!

We began at our regular location, close to the beach, and swam alongside the large cliff or rock wall. Along the way, we saw various fish and had the opportunity to visit a neighboring dark and exciting cave. Our company finds this cave the ideal adventure because it goes deep enough into the island’s side to avoid the sun, yet it’s still a safe hole for everyone to enter and exit.

The Exciting Below: A Surprise Deep Water Snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands

Our camera was able to capture 6 white tip sharks that we encountered while snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands!
Our camera was able to capture 6 white tip sharks that we encountered while snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands!

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Just as we were about to reach the end of the cliff, where we usually exit the water to board the pangas and return to Santa Cruz II Cruise, we were suddenly surrounded by Galapagos white tip sharks. But that was not the case at that exact moment.

It was difficult to precisely count the sharks because they hid 20 or 25 feet below the surface. It did not help that most of them were coming and going. However, we once counted a total of fifteen of them! It is important to remember that Galapagos white tip sharks are often amiable and curious animals. They frequently get close to swimmers, but they never want to hurt them, like when we floated directly above them! We knew they weren’t lunch when we saw them because they are nocturnal and mostly eat crustaceans, mollusks, small fish, and octopus, among other things.

Still, witnessing these sharks swim in their environment and directly beneath our feet while deep-water snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands was incredible. Even though we were all in awe of them and respectfully observed them from a safe distance, there was still some tension in the air. Or should I put it another way, water tension?

Updated:June 6, 2024

Published:February 19, 2017

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