Santiago Island / Galapagos Islands

Shark and fish
At the Santiago Island that is located near the Bartolome Island, tourists can visit a black sand beach, see the flows of still lava and rocks that were picturesquely crafted by erosions. There are also natural pools with cool water that are richly inhabited with marine life.
Cousin’s Rock is one of the most famous places on the Galapagos Islands. This rock rises 10m/32ft above water and is located at the eastern coast of Santiago.
Location:One of the Galapagos islands, eastern Pacific Ocean, 1000km/620mi to the west of the South American continent
What to see:It is a wonderful place for observing large blue herons, pelicans and night herons. During the low-tide it is possible to spot sea iguanas and crabs. In the pool grottos divers can find starfish, sea horses, barracudas, hammerheads, morays, whitetip sharks, golden rays, tunas, sea turtles and sea lion colonies. During the dive at Cousin’s Rock divers can observe a variety of tropical fish and corals (black corals, gorgonarias, sponges and small hard corals) that decorate the walls of the rock. One can find sea lions, turtles, rays, reef sharks, mobulas, Galapagos sea horses, octopuses, nudibraches, anglers and mantas during the warm season (December-May).

Depth: 3-30m/9-98ft

Currents: 1-2knots

Visibility: 12-21m/39-70ft

Season for diving: Warm season is from December to May, when the temperature varies from 24-29C/75-84F.

During cold season January-March – Humpbacked and Sperm whales can be seen.

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