Galápagos: Scuba Diving in Darwin’s Arch and Island
“Dutchie and I joined a scuba diving liveaboard (diving cruise) for 7N/8D.
The itinerary included seven days of scuba diving across the Galapagos archipelago (Ecuador): Punta Carrion, Wolf Island, Darwin’s Arch & Island and Cousins Rock”
After two days scuba diving in Wolf Island (Galapagos, Ecuador), our diving boat sailed to Darwin’s Arch and Island. The second “holy grail” in Galapagos Islands for scuba divers.
Our last dive in Darwin’s Arch and here I am, at 20 something meters deep, laying on the sea plateau before a drop-off, between the rocks and hard corals. It is uncomfortable, especially knowing a Moray eel is hiding in the rocks behind me. I try my best not to disturb Madam Moray eel, my short time neighbor.
The problem is, I don’t have any choice of places to lay down. After six dives in Darwin Arch and Darwin Island, I observe that there are large numbers of Moray eels hidden or hanging around on the rocks and hard corals. And they are huge. I am not kidding. Judging by their size, they can easily swallow an Asian female body of 160 cm length. Okay, I know they won’t swallow me, Moray eel is one of the gentle marine animals I have ever seen. They will not bother you unless if you harras them. I hope the laying down in front their home does not fall into a harassment category. I spot between 15 to 30 Moray eels on each dive. Incredible, heh?
The incredible marine life of Galapagos does not stop at the abundant numbers of Moray eel. The main reason I have to lay down on the sea plateau (as instructed by our dive masters) is to watch the hammerhead sharks ‘passing by’. It is the greatest show during our dives, as it’s not only the show of schooling of hammerhead sharks but also the passing by turtles, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, the schooling of yellowfin tuna, jackfish and many more fishes. It’s like millions of fishes showing up at the show, and we, the scuba divers, are looking at them in amaze. Clicking our cameras just like the paparazzi do. This time our celebrities are the marine life who are the masters of the ocean.
For images and video of the hammerhead sharks in Galapagos, please visit my previous post: Hammerhead Sharks in Galapagos
The last time I have seen the abundant fishes like this were in Raja Ampat (West Papua, Indonesia) where we could not even see the reef and the surface due to crazy abundant marine life. Rare and unique places on earth that give us hope to continue saving this planet from the fishes extinction and dying ocean.
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P1012419 – Moray eel
P1012436 – two Lobsters & Moray eel
P1012482 – Moray eel in between corals
P1012426 – Angelfish Galapagos