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How to Visit the Galápagos Islands Without a Cruise

With clear crystal waters, sumptuous sands, and weird and wonderful wildlife, a trip to the Galápagos is truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! It’s no wonder then, that a visit to these idyllic islands is top of many a traveler’s bucket list. While cruises have traditionally been the go-to way to experience the Galápagos, here at Academy […]

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How to Spend a Week in the Galápagos Islands

Thousands of eager adventurers journey to the Galápagos every year to spend a week or more in a land lost in time. After all, where else can you find beaches full of prehistoric-looking iguanas, watch sea lion pups playing in the sand, and dive with the giants of the deep – all in one day? […]

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Why Are the Galápagos Islands So Expensive?

With their sensational sea life, luscious landscapes, and famously unique wildlife, it’s easy to see why the Galápagos are on many a traveler’s bucket list! And as a leading tour provider in the area for almost 20 years, we’re used to eager travelers asking us about some of the islands’ most famous features. But as […]

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A whale shark and tropical fish, in deep blue sea. Photo: Domingo Trejo

The Incredible Marine Life of the Galápagos: What to Expect on Your Diving Adventure

If exploring an underwater utopia is top of your bucket list, there’s nowhere better to do it than the Galápagos Islands! Located deep in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, this ancient archipelago is home to nearly 3,000 species of marine life, and is one of the world’s foremost diving destinations. Whether you want to […]

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Can Wildlife Tourism Ever Be Ethical?

Greetings from Academy Bay Diving, your gateway to the enchanted Galapagos Islands. Picture yourself standing by the sea, the turquoise waters teem with vibrant sea creatures while friendly sea lions and prehistoric-looking iguanas bask in the sun nearby. This is not a fantasy but the remarkable reality of the Galapagos Islands — a place where […]

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Volcanic mountains, green trees, blue sea and a sandy bay. Photo: pen_ash

Galápagos Wildlife: Land Creatures You’ll Encounter on Your Trip

When you imagine the Galápagos Islands, what do you see? Chances are, you’ll picture endless stretches of sun-kissed sands, idyllic islands, and an underwater utopia full of mysterious marine life. And while you’ll certainly find all of these in the Galápagos, you might be surprised to hear that many wonderful land creatures also dwell upon […]

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Brown rock formations in the Pacific Ocean surrounding the Galápagos Islands

What’s So Special About the Galápagos Islands?

Just 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are famous for their giant tortoises, blue-footed birds, and sublime sandy beaches. And while they certainly have all of these in abundance, there’s a lot more to this tropical paradise than meets the eye. From fascinating flora, to a curious climate, and contributing to […]

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The volcanic mountains and rocky coastline of the Galápagos Islands.

Academy Bay Guide to the Galápagos Bullhead Shark

If getting up close and personal with wondrous wildlife is top of your bucket list, a visit to the Galápagos Islands is a must-do. Around 1,000km off the coast of Ecuador, in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, this volcanic archipelago is famed for providing the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s ‘Theory of Evolution’. And, as […]

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Are the Galapagos Islands Inhabited?

Four of the Galapagos Archipelago’s thirteen major islands are inhabited by people. This means that 97% of the Galapagos Islands’ land mass is unpopulated and maintained as a national park. The remoteness of the islands and their international fame for being home to magnificent animals means that the archipelago’s 30,000 human residents are often overlooked. […]

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Best places to explore in, or near, the Galapagos

Don’t worry about your Free afternoons and free days. Visiting all of these amazing sites will keep you busy.

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