Darwin Island, Galápagos
One of the world's best diving sites
What you need to know about Darwin Island, Galápagos
Darwin Island (originally named Culpepper Island) was renamed in honor of the famous naturalist Charles Darwin. It is considered by many to be one of the best underwater habitats anywhere on earth.
Darwin is the most northerly island in the Galápagos, and is over 100 miles northwest of Isabela. Together with its neighbor Wolf Island, it is the most remote part of the archipelago.
Renowned for the large, nay HUGE, schools of hammerhead sharks that gather here (for reasons scientists still don't fully understand), Darwin and Wolf are tips of huge long-extinct undersea volcanoes that grew up over half a mile from the seafloor below.
You will enjoy spectacular diving here, and among the species you are likely to encounter are hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, a huge variety of rays, green turtles, and a myriad of tropical reef fish. If you have any particular species that you are keen to see on your dive, contact one of our Galápagos experts today, and we can advise on the best dive itinerary to suit your requirements.
Interesting facts about Darwin Island
Arguably the best diving spot in the world
The only breeding ground of the sooty tern (Onychoprion fuscatus)
Darwin's Towers off the coast of Darwin is full of hammerhead sharks
Darwin is only the top of a huge volcano under water, which is 1000m high in total
Current Diving on a big wall: Lots of diving experience required