Islote La Ventana

Islote La Ventana Overview
Wolf Island is located in the extreme northern part of the archipelago. There are no land visits to this island, and it is only visited by live-aboard dive ships. This is a dive site only for experienced divers. The surge is heavy, currents can be quite strong, and visibility is often limited. Some very impressive and large animals such as whale sharks, hammerheads and dolphins are spotted here.La Ventana islet is a renowned diving destination located in the extreme northern part of the Galapagos Archipelago. This unique location, characterized by its challenging diving conditions, is exclusively accessible to experienced divers aboard live-aboard dive ships.

Wildlife Highlights

La Ventana is a hotspot for witnessing some of the ocean's most impressive creatures. Divers are often greeted by the sight of:
  • Whale Sharks: Majestic and enormous, these gentle giants are a sight to behold.
  • Hammerhead Sharks: Known for their distinctive head shape, these sharks often swim in large schools.
  • Galapagos Sharks: A species native to the Galapagos, offering a unique viewing opportunity.
  • Dolphins: Playful and intelligent, dolphins are often spotted in these waters.
  • Sea Turtles: These graceful creatures add to the serene underwater experience.
  • Moray Eels and Barracudas: Offering a glimpse into the diverse marine life of the region.
  • Spotted Eagle Rays: Known for their beautiful markings and elegant swimming.

Geological and Oceanographic Features

  • Extinct Volcano: Wolf Island, which includes La Ventana, is an extinct volcano. Its underwater terrain provides a fascinating landscape for divers.
  • Depth and Area: The island reaches a maximum depth of 253 meters (830 feet) and covers an area of 0.5 square miles.
  • Highest Point: The highest point of the island stands at 830 feet above sea level.

Diving Conditions

  • Strong Currents: The area is known for its heavy surge and strong currents, presenting a challenge even for seasoned divers.
  • Limited Visibility: Often, the visibility underwater can be restricted, adding to the adventure of diving in these waters.

Notable Diving Sites

La Ventana islet forms part of the Wolf Island diving region, which includes several notable diving sites:
  • El Derrumbe
  • La Ventana
  • La Banana
  • Shark Point
Each site offers a unique diving experience with varied marine life and geological features.


Not all cruises visiting Wolf Island include all these diving points, so divers interested in specific sites should verify their itinerary beforehand. La Ventana islet in the Galapagos represents a challenging yet rewarding diving destination, boasting an impressive array of marine wildlife and unique geological features. Its remote location and the demanding nature of its diving conditions make it an exclusive and unforgettable experience for serious divers.

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Fast Facts about Islote La Ventana

Main Features: Whale sharks, hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, dolphins
Interaction In Site: Diving
Type of Landing: Wet
Fitness: Medium/High


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*Visit point inclusion is subject to cruise programs and logistics. These are regulated by the galapagos national park.