Whether its due
to climate, geography, economics or a combination
of all three, the most famous diving on
the western coast of the Americas is found
in the Northern Hemisphere, between the
equator and Mexico. This encompasses both
mainland waters and offshore islands, and
both established and emerging destinations.
Straddling the equator,
and 600 miles west of the coast of Ecuador,
lie what are, scientifically-speaking, probably
the most famous islands in the world. Imprinted
in our brains by the work of Charles Darwin,
the Galapagos Islands have always been a
magnet for biological study and tourism
topside. But, in recent years, the wonders
of the underwater Galapagos have come into
their own with live-aboard divers.
The variety of islands that make up this
chain each offer their own attractions.
Highlights include schooling Scalloped Hammerhead
Sharks, marine turtles, sea lions and Fur
Seals, but the animals that most effectively
say Galapagos are the marine
Panama is only now making a reputation for
itself among divers, and that means the
action is packed with adventure. Among the
multitude of offshore islands, youll
find splendid beaches, backed by orchid-rich
jungles. Offshore the larger islands, such
as Bocas del Toro and Cobia, youll
experience lots of fish action, including
sharks, plus marine turtles, too.
to the north is Costa Rica, and the same
excellent, unspoiled diving continues here.
The most famous diving off Costa Rica is
found at live-aboard-accessed Cocos Island.
Here the currents bring in a host of pelagics,
including schools of Scalloped Hammerheads,
Manta Rays and Whale Sharks.
Our next stop northward
is at the famed Islas Revillagigedos, off
the tip of Baja California. These remote
islands are also known as The Socorros,
after their best-known member, Socorro Island.
Live-aboards are the only way to access
these islands. Here divers will find Manta
Ray encounters almost guaranteed, and encountering
schools of Scalloped Hammerheads, tuna and
huge jacks is common.
Just in from The
Socorros, of course, at the tip of the Baja
Peninsula, are the resort towns of Cabo
San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Off the
coastline here, where the warm waters of
the Sea of Cortez and the cooler Pacific
mix, anything can happen. Shore-based dive
boats and live-aboard vessels offer divers
encounters with Hammerheads, Manta Rays,
Whale Sharks and billfish, and the sudden
appearance of sea lions will always get
your heart pounding. In your nondiving hours,
you can fish for big game or party the night
away in the many happening cantinas.
animal encounters in Galapagos,
Panama, Costa Rica, Socorro Islands
and the Sea of Cortez! Liveaboard
and land-based packages, with
or without discount airfares.
Baja, Belize, & Bay Islands
too. Personal service and best
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The newest vessel in the Dancer Fleet,
M/V Sky Dancer, cruises the Galapagos
Islands in search of sea lions, schooling
hammerheads, turtles and the magnificent
Mantas. Itineraries include visits to
the remote islands of Wolf and Darwin.
Service, safety, special amenities and
great diving are the earmarks of all
Peter Hughes Diving vacations. Nitrox
and E-6 processing available.
Live-Aboard diving to the
Socorro Islands and Sea of Cortez.
Private bath, shower, color tv &
a/c in every stateroom. Experience
the best in pacific diving with giant
mantas, hammerheads, whalesharks,
dolphins & even humpack whales!
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