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Galapagos Islands Fun Facts | Scuba Diving Blog

Updated: Apr 18, 2023

Galapagos is known as one of the best dive destinations in the world, especially for seeing big and rare marine life. It is on many divers bucket list, but also those who have already been there are itching to go back. You might have seen many fantastic underwater photos and videos or even dived there, but how much do you actually know about the dive destination Galapagos? Let's find out!

UNESCO World Heritage Site

You might already know that Galapagos has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Did you also know that the surrounding ocean was declared a biological marine reserve in 1986? And even better news for divers and conservationists, the area became a whale sanctuary in 1990.

Galapagos Archipelago

Galapagos has 19 islands, though the total number of islands is up for debate. Due to its continuous volcanic activity, the Galapagos Islands keep changing. Isabela is the largest one with five active volcanoes. The Darwin and Wolf Islands are most known among divers where you can see the most pelagics.

Marine Iguanas

The only lizards in the world that can swim, the marine iguanas, are endemic to the Galapagos Islands. Thus, many people are attracted to visit the islands to spot these creatures both on land and underwater.


Yes, you read that right. Penguins can not only be seen in Antarctica or the zoo but also on the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Penguin is endemic to the islands and the only one found north of the equator. Despite the tropical climate, the cool waters make it a hospitable place for penguins.

Giant Tortoises

Another endemic species to the Galapagos Islands and truly unique to see. They are one of the longest living vertebrates living over 100 years. They are very large and their shell shape and size vary between populations.

Consistent daylight

The Galapagos Islands see an average of 12 hours of sunlight each day, which means the nights are of equal duration. This does not change depending on the time of the year.

Did you know all of these facts about the Galapagos? Do you have other fun facts to share? Let us know!

Read also about our latest Galapagos Underwater Photography Workshop.

See also the 5 Amazing Underwater Photo Encounters in the Galapagos.

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