The Galapagos Islands entered the mainstream consciousness by virtue of a visit from famed evolutionist Charles Darwin. Astounded by the prolific life found here, Darwin became convinced that the Galapagos Islands held answers to questions regarding the evolution of our planet.
Because the Galapagos Islands are relatively young in terms of formation, the fact that they are home to so many endemic species has long been a conundrum for scientists the world over. This volcanic archipelago is located just over 600 miles from Ecuador. The islands and their surrounding waters are comprised of an Ecuadorian province, a national park, a World Heritage site, and a marine reserve.
There are about 18 main islands, the oldest of which are 5-10 million years old and the newest of which are still forming today. There are an estimated 40,000 human inhabitants on the islands, with more than 100,000 visitors annually.
Galapagos diving is a wonderland teeming with marine life, many of which only reside in these waters. The video below is a wonderful taste of what you can expect to see when diving the Galapagos Islands.
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