Galapagos Shark Diving® was founded in 2017 by Jenny Waack. The team consist of Jenny Y Waack (founder of Galapagos Shark Diving®), Jonathan R Green (director of the research project Galapagos Whale Shark Project), Simon J Pierce (founder of the Marine Megafauna Foundation) and Sofia M Green (scientist of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project). One of the four shark researcher will accompany your Shark Conservation Dive Trip.
Galapagos Shark Diving® offers dive trips to the world's most beautiful destinations and combines it with supporting marine conservation. The knowledge about sharks and training teaches how every diver can support conservation of endangered marine wildlife – with no science background needed. Every year only a few Shark Conservation Dive departures are offered in the best shark diving season and best months to dive in the islands of Galapagos and Cocos (July – October). Every dive trip is accompanied by shark scientists from the Galapagos Whale Shark Project, which is featured in the BBC Blue Planet II series.
For every diver the organization donates to the research of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project. This team is studying the unique population of adult whale sharks in the Galapagos. Find more information about the research project.
Each scientist will provide you with extensive knowledge about whale sharks and will teach you at the same time how you as a diver can support conservation of marine wildlife such as whale sharks, giant manta rays, sea turtles, other shark species, rays, molas, whales and other endangered animals – and that worldwide. You too can make a difference! Find out more about the programs on board
"In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught." (Baba Dioum)
This quote is very true as governments who decide about protection zones will only protect what they understand.
Every year millions of sharks are killed for their fins or caught as “bycatch” like many other marine wildlife like manta rays, turtles, sea lions amongst others. One way to ensure that a species may survive is to protect those areas key for their reproduction (mating, birthing, etc.). Until now only 5 % of the world oceans are truly protected! Furthermore, we don’t yet know precisely the areas where for example, whale sharks give birth or mate! In order to ensure that these gentle giants will not go extinct we need to identify such areas and create marine reserves and sanctuaries, in order to halt the population declining further. The Galapagos Islands could be one of the key locations where adult female whale sharks give birth and is already recognized as a vital nursery for other shark species in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Region. On our Shark Conservation Dive Trips we collect data which furthers our understanding of whale sharks and other marine wildlife and that helps us to promote Conservation through education and awareness.
If you would like to know what other divers say about travelling with us, check our review page where you can find travel reviews and experiences of our guest.
Find out more about the team of Galapagos Shark Diving. The members Jonathan, Simon, Sofia and Jenny introduce themselves in a short overview.
Every diver who travels with us supports the Galapagos Whale Shark Project. Find here more information about the research project and its mission.
Become a Citizen Scientist & Shark Ambassador! Every diver can make a great contribution to research and conservation by collecting data. Find an overview of the programs we support on board.
Find out here what other divers say about diving with Galapagos Shark Diving® and their experiences. Find reviews also on Google, Tripadvisor and Facebook.
Conserving the marine ecosystem of the Galapagos and Cocos Island through research and education whilst making science accessible for all diver even no matter their previous experience. Simultaneously we hope to raise awareness about endangered marine wildlife such as whale sharks, whilst providing our divers with the tools and know how to become a participant in marine conservation and how they as individuals can make a difference. With data collected we support local, regional and governmental organizations to propose, create or increase existing marine protected areas (examples being the Galapagos Marine Reserve as well as the proposed marine Swimway between Galapagos and Cocos Island). With the knowledge learnt on board the ship our divers will travel with more open eyes to their next dive destination and can make a difference there as well.
Our vision is a healthy and extended truly protected marine ecosystem in the Galapagos Islands and a protected and patrolled marine corridor between the Galapagos and Cocos Island. Working from the ground up at a local and regional level to increase awareness through education and knowledge. That the Eastern Tropical Pacific Region, through interconnected MPAs, become a flagship of Marine Conservation and sustainability for all our communities for the future of the region and our Planet.