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While on a Galapagos tour with Red Mangrove, my SCUBA dive instructor Abraham briefed me on the hand symbols for the different types of things we might see while we were diving. This included the hand signs for 4 different types of sharks (White tip, black tip, hammerhead, and Galapagos shark). This gave me only ... [Read more]

hyperbaric chamber galapagos

When you go SCUBA diving in the Galapagos, especially when you are surrounded by sharks, brilliantly colored fish and playful sea lions, safety might be the last thing on your mind. But in the worst case scenario, it is nice to know that your dive operator is prepared in the event of a diving accident. ... [Read more]

SCUBA diving in the Galapagos at the point of North Seymour island is otherworldly. (Don't forget to check out the video of my experience diving with barracudas at the end of this post) I took a refresh course at the Red Mangrove Dive Center since it had been 8 years since my last dive. I ... [Read more]

Drew Haines is a young Canadian expat living in Ecuador. She writes the Galapagos for Kids series on Red Mangrove Blog. Learn about the Galapagos from a kids perspective. The last time we were in the Galapagos I got to try the Discover Scuba Diving Experience! I really liked it and here’s why: It was fun ... [Read more]

galapagos whale shark

Many divers come to the Galapagos hoping to see the whale shark. And no wonder, it's huge and docile. Who would not want to swim with a gigantic harmless fish? It would be amazing! And while it is on the list of Galapagos animals that you can see while diving, it isn't a common sighting. Here is a ... [Read more]

Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges has just been designated a 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort by The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). In May of last year, we were designated a PADI Five-Star Dive Resort and just a few months later we received the National Geographic Dive Resort designation. PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers meet all PADI ... [Read more]

While we were exploring the Galapagos Islands we stayed at the Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge and the Red Mangrove Divers Lodge. Both of the lodges are located on Santa Cruz Island in the town of Puerto Ayora. The Divers Lodge is on a side street just a few blocks from the water, and a short ... [Read more]

This week, we are at the DEMA Show in Las Vegas. And we are honored to have been nominated for Entry Level Certification Growth award. This award recognizes the significant growth our dive program has experienced over the past year. Red Mangrove was nominated for the award for most Entry Level Certification Growth by Padi among ... [Read more]

It's a toss-up. Is the diver more interested in the sea lion - or is it the other way around? Kind of hard to tell, isn't it? One thing you can count on when diving the Galapagos is being amazed. While you never know just what you'll see, you can be sure of seeing lots ... [Read more]

Not quite sold on making the trip to the Galapagos Islands? Maybe this video will help. The video was filmed by Andre Kuerzdoerfer (Andre's YouTube Channel) on a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands. Admittedly at just over 12 minutes the video is a little long. But if you love diving or marine life it won't be ... [Read more]