Dive The Galapagos
|Santa Cruz Dive Sites|
North Seymour: Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Hammerheads, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Shark, Stingrays, Marbled Rays, Tiger Snake Eels, Moray Eels, Garden Eels, Sea Stars, Sea Turtles, Jacks, Blue and Gold Snappers, Flag Cabrilla, Creolefish, King Angelfish, Barracuda, Heiroglyphic Hawkfish, Frogfish, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Spotfin Burrfish, Scorpionfish, Cardinalfish, Nudibranch and more. Lunch will be onboard during surface interval.
Mosqueras: Sea Lions, Eagle Rays, Hammerheads, White-Tipped Reef Shark, Garden Eels, Snake Eels, Jack, Mackerel, Threebanded Butterflyfish, Sea Turtles, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Yellow and Blue Striped Snappers, King Angelfish, Parrotfish, Yellowtail Grunt, Peruvian Grunt, Cardinalfish, Galapagos Grunt, Sea Stars and more.
North Seymour - Mosqueras is a nightmare for underwater photographers because of how great it is for everything, from tiny nudibranchs to Mantas (especially between December and April). Add to that all the rays (spotted eagle rays, marble rays, golden eagle rays, stingrays), the "piles" of sleeping white tipped reef sharks, sea lions, sea turtles and hammerhead sharks. Several thick schools of grunts and snappers are always present.
Currents: prevalently from south. It goes from moderate to very strong. Water temp: Dec - April: 74 - 78 / May - Nov: 68 - 72 degrees Fahrenheit Thermoclines: at 45 ft and sometimes also at 75 ft.
You will feel the thermoclines at these two sites and you will see them before you even feel them! It's as though a crystal clear river is visible just ahead...that's the thermocline.