AUTHOR Doris Welsh
AUTHOR Doris Welsh
Ecoventura’s Environmentally-Friendly Fleet of Small Expedition Vessels Allows Guests Access to Galapagos Waters for Daily Snorkeling Adventures
Green Operator Offers Five Tips on Getting the Most from a Snorkeling Outing
Ecoventura’s environmentally friendly fleet of small expedition vessels in the Galapagos allows guests of this visionary small-ship travel company (https://www.ecoventura.com/) to experience the Galapagos from as many land and water perspectives as possible. This includes snorkeling.
“Guests often tell us that their most sensational and enjoyable wildlife viewing comes from behind a mask while snorkeling,” said Ecoventura spokeswoman Doris Welsh. “They also report how amazed they are with the number and variety of snorkeling outings we include in our itineraries.”
She said that in addition to guided shore excursions, guests can opt to snorkel or kayak at least once and sometimes twice daily in Galapagos waters. “Plus our intimate and exclusive yachts (20 passengers) give us more time underwater as opposed to bigger vessels that take more time with the logistics of loading and unloading larger groups.”
“These are not-to-be-missed opportunities to snorkel with playful sea lions, penguins, sea turtles, graceful rays, tropical fish and even friendly sharks. You may even be able to snorkel with dolphins or find yourself spectator to a friendly feeding frenzy,” she said, recommending Gardner Islet at Gardner Bay for tropical fish, sea lions, rays and sharks; Sombrero Chino for penguins; and Punta Espinosa for sea turtles.
Following are Ecoventura’s tips on how to make the most of a snorkeling adventure in the Galapagos.
Find a mask that fits. When pressed to the face it should stick (better yet, bring a mask and snorkel from home, but do use the fins on board the ship (these are bulky items and take up too much room in a suitcase).
Bring a skin suit or rash guard (and dive gloves) to wear underneath the wet suit provided on board. The skin provides added warmth and an extra layer of protection. Note that at the surface, Galapagos waters are very comfortable for snorkeling averaging 70 to 78 degrees F varying on time of year, currents and depth.
Before the trip get a copy of the Galapagos Reef Fish Identification Guide by Paul Humann. https://www.amazon.com/Reef-Fish-Identification-Paul-Humann/dp/187834806X
Always snorkel with a buddy and stay within eye distance and earshot of the group and Zodiac. Life vests are available and recommended for some swimmers.
Consider July to October for optimum snorkeling. Water temperatures are warmer December to May, however, the marine mammals (dolphins and whales) as well as sea lions and sharks are more active when temperatures are cooler July to October. Welsh points out that, snorkeling, especially in deep water, will still provide a “dive like” experience.”
Ecoventura launched DivEncounters (https://www.divencounters.com/) to handle sales and reservations for the growing scuba dive market in the Galapagos. For scuba divers who want to combine diving in Galapagos with wildlife top side, the fleet’s luxury dive live-aboard, Galapagos Sky offers one week in tandem with a second week on Origin, Theory or Letty. Passengers are eligible for a 5 percent discount on selected departure dates.
About Ecoventura: Ecoventura is a family-owned company based in Guayaquil, Ecuador, with sales offices in Quito and Miami. In operation since 1990, the cruise company transports 4,000+ passengers annually aboard its fleet of two Relais & Chateaux branded luxury yachts; Origin & Theory and the first-class first-class 20-passenger motor yacht, Letty. The company also operates the Galapagos Sky, a 16-passenger dedicated dive live-aboard offering 7-night weekly itineraries visiting the northern islands of Wolf and Darwin.
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