Galapagos Wildlife, Marine Life & Photography
18th - 25th June 2024
Hosted by Aqua-Firma Director & Photographer, Ralph Pannell
Our Oceans may be deep, but some of the most colourful parts of it lie within the first few metres. Ocean Giants such as Humpback Whales, Whale Sharks and Manta Rays will also often come to the sea surface to feed and breed, for which snorkelling and freediving is a perfect option for unencumbered viewing.
Marine life, diving and snorkelling are core passions for us and knowledge of the areas we visit is difficult to surpass. Aqua-Firma's area-specific specialists have guided and researched in every ocean. This enables us to tailor your experiences for what best serves your interests; and answer any general or technical diving questions you may have, from the state of tropical reefs around the Globe, to snorkelling near freezing polar waters.
The Best of Above & Below Water
An important criteria of the destinations we travel to, is the ability seamlessly to combine a world class underwater experience with equally inspiring travel on land. In the Galapagos we have some dedicated snorkelling and terrestrial wildlife experiences; and in the likes of Africa you can combine our Whale Shark Research & Conservation experience with one of our Great Migration Safaris.
World Class Diving & Snorkelling - Deeper Insights
Aqua-Firma also offers a series of unique group expert led diving and snorkelling experiences which provide insights into marine science, conservation and underwater photography. These include Whale Shark and Manta Ray Research experiences to Mexico, Madagascar, Komodo and Tanzania; and snorkelling alongside humpback whales and their calves, based on a motor yacht far out to sea in the Caribbean Silverbanks between the Dominican Republic and Turks & Caicos Islands.
Protecting the Marine Environment
Whilst we aim to enable you to explore some of the world's greatest diving locations, conservation of the marine environment you see with us is a priority. Our first objective is to minimize any potential impact your visit may have and we therefore urge all snorkellers to stay safe and responsible.
We are also proud to contribute directly to marine protection in places where we snorkel. In the Galapagos, we make a donation to the Galapagos Conservation Trust with every client we send to the islands. In the Arctic and Antarctica, we remain the only company to offset the carbon emissions of polar voyages, through rainforest projects we have been assisting since 1999.
Our whale shark and manta ray research trips to Madagascar, Tanzania, Komodo and Mafia Island have raised significant funds for our partners at the Marine Megafauna Foundation. For further information visit the Research & Conservation section this website; or for further inspiration Contact one of our experts.