i am looking for some info on diving the galapagos. how much would a few days out there cost??? any other relevant info would be appreciated.
Been recently to Galapagos, though I did not dive.
The cost of the flight into the galapagos is around 350$ per person from Guayaquil or Quito - there are plenty of flights to choose from. Note, that there are two airports in the galapagos.
There is 110$ per person entrance fee to the Galapagos (visitor card and national park fees).
The boat cruises that go around the Galapagos Do NOT include diving option - diving tours are seperate.
Note, that the distances between the isalnds are very big, so plan carefully where you want to dive, and accordingly to which of the airports you go.
I believe diving daily tours are easy to book even once you are on the island, and no need to book in advance - there are many diving centers in Port Allora as far as I have seen.
Once in Galapagos, I would reccomend to also go on land in the islands, as there is plenty of animals (birds) to see - so it is not enough in my opinion to only dive.
I went to Galapagos a few years ago, but I think the info I have will be useful for you. For diving, it's one of the best places in the world!!! I spent there 3 days on a catamaran and 5 days on a sailing boat. It was not a diving trip, but before boarding I asked the agency to give me information about diving. They told me to tell them when I wanted to dive, and they would go to the boat, wherever we were, to pick me up. I did it twice. It was nopt cheap (around 120 USD per 2-tank diving), but it was awesome. Galapagos sharks, sea lions, penguins, turtles, any king of fish...just impressive. But you have to go during the Humboldt stream season (Autumn). The water temperature is low (you need a 7mm wet suit), but it's swarming with life. If you go during el Nino stream, the water is warm, but life is not as abundant.
For the trip, I paid 350 USD for the flight from Guayaquil to Baltra, and around 1,000 USD for the catamaran and sailboat altogether. You also need to pay for the entry to Galapagos national park. But, again, it is absolutely worth it!!! I strongly recommend to travel on small boats, less crowded.
I've dive in 25 different countries...and as of today, Darwin's Arch, Galapagos is still by far the best I've done!
I dive there back in Feb 2008...and it was amazing...the hammerhead sharks, the silky sharks, the turtles, the rays and the seal....nothing beat that to my experience so far.
Sad story, it is not cheap. For me, at the time I did it, if you want to dive well and great, only liveaboards. It is seriously ...not cheap...at the time there were only the Aggressors and Peter Hughes. If you want the price I paid, check online or PM me.
But hey, this is the best of the world!