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Is it Expensive to Go to the Galápagos Islands?

The Galápagos Islands are a true bucket list destination. They’re the very definition of unique. Their remote location and world-famous wildlife-viewing opportunities stir an inherent sense of adventure in anyone visiting them. Given all these ingredients, it’s only natural to ask, “Is it expensive to go to the Galápagos Islands?” Well, the short answer is […]

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What Activities Do You Recommend in Ecuador?

Some popular tourist activities to do on a trip to Ecuador include visiting the Galapagos Islands (our personal favorite at Academy Bay Diving!), exploring the Amazon rainforest, visiting the capital city of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and taking a tour of the Otavalo indigenous market. Other popular activities include hiking in the Andes […]

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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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Is December a Good Time to Visit the Galápagos?

If you’ve got your heart set on heading to the Galápagos Islands this winter, we don’t blame you! As locals, all of us here at Academy Bay Diving have experienced these wonderful islands’ varied seasons many times over – so we know all the pros and cons of visiting at different times of the year. […]

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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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Bright yellow iguana takes in the sun sat upon some rocks

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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