Galapagos Islands

Top animals you can swim with in Galapagos

 In Galapagos Islands the  pristine turquoise waters and  the vast amount of fauna create the most magical snorkeling experience. The good thing about this activity is that it requires no special training and anybody can do it. You will be amazed at how beautiful the underwater world of the Galapagos is. Staying at Ikala hotel you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the underwaters life. Keep reading to discover what animals you’ll get to swim with while snorkeling in Galapagos.

Sea Lions

Snorkeling with the playful sea-lions is one of the favorite activity among tourist because sea lions truly are a spectacle to revel in. They’re quick and skillful with their movement, and will swim at you full speed and they’re really curious and playful, so they won’t hesitate to get incredibly close to you.

Not only are sea lions social, they are also quite vocal, they often bark in long, loud and distinctive repeated sequences. They can be found on each of the islands of the Galapagos archipelago

Galapagos Sea Turtles

The Galapagos green sea turtle is one of the largest turtles in the world

green sea turtles. Their slow movement underwater makes them an easy target to watch underwater. Their shells shimmered in the sunlight water, appearing to change colours from deep green to yellow, brown and blue. Turtles warm themselves in the shallow waters and will even venture onto land to bask in the sun. They are found at Santa Cruz, Baltra Island and Isabela Island.


Galapagos penguins are one of the rarest species of penguins given they’re the only ones to live north of the equator, the relatively colder waters are what allow them to thrive in this unique environment. They are the world’s second smallest penguin. Galapagos penguins have a black head with a white border running from behind the eye, around the black ear-coverts and chin, to join on the throat, black-grey upper parts and whitish underparts.
These can only be seen on the western side of archipelago, primarily on Fernandina Island and the west coast of Isabela Island.


With gray colors, pointed fins and many teeth, sharks, are elegant, stealthy and fascinating creatures that you can see close up  while snorkeling in Galapagos, sadly they portray a dangerous image, but the truth is that they can be super docile. Sharks are highly misunderstood creatures and they are  much less threatening than many people believe.In Galapagos. encounter when diving in Galapagos are: scalloped hammerheads, in the north of the Galapagos Archipelago,Galapagos shark, that are found in the northern islands as well as Gordon Rocks off the north coast of Santa Cruz, the whitetip reef sharks is found on almost every dive site of the archipelago and blacktip and gray reef sharks are often found in smaller numbers around the white tips.

The primary appeal of snorkeling in Galapagos is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting without the complicated equipment and training required. That’s why the archipelago is one of the best snorkeling destinations in the world.

To live a magical snorkeling experience you just have to come to Galapagos Island. The newest hotel in Galapagos offer luxurious new amenities, comfortable suites, and premium service, so you can have the perfect vacation. Book a suite in Ikala Galapagos Hotel here.