VIDEO: Why the Galapagos Islands Rock
Made famous by Charles Darwin’s visit on the Beagle and the resulting theory of evolution that followed, the Galapagos Islands also hold huge numbers of striped and blue marlin. During several months each spring, anglers lucky enough to visit these breathtaking islands can experience some of the hottest marlin action on the planet. Twenty marlin bites a day are not uncommon when the fishing really heats up. This Marlin University session will instantly make you a member of the small group of anglers who can say they’ve fished these storied waters.
Onshore, you’ll also get a chance to witness some of the rare and beautiful plant and animal life that inspired Darwin on his first trip. This will be our second Marlin U trip to the Galapagos. You won’t want to miss this once-in-a lifetime chance to fish in waters once closed to the recreational angler.
Top-notch accommodations and a surprisingly vibrant cultural experience await those with a spirit of adventure – especially since we get to spend a night in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador, on our way in and/or on our way out.
Fish a dynamic striped-marlin fishery that’s come on strong in the last few seasons: the Galápagos Islands. Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos give anglers a taste of diverse marlin fishing in one of the world’s most untouched destinations. On dry land, tour equally pristine ecosystems that few have experienced.
- Dates: March 13 - 20, 2018
- Location: San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador
- Accommodations: Galapagos Planet Hotel
The Galapagos Islands are geologically young and famed for their vast number of endemic species, which were studied by Charles Darwin during the Voyage of the Beagle. Located in the eastern Pacific Ocean straddling the equator 600 miles off the coast of South America, the Galapagos are filled with rich flora and fauna, plus a multitude of animals.
The waters surrounding the Galapagos are home to 3,000 species of marine plants and animals, but we are only interested in one — marlin. There are more than 450 species of fish in the Galapagos Islands, and about 17 percent of these are endemic (not found anywhere else in the world). The Galapagos Islands, due to their location, are a migration point for all varieties of pelagic (ocean-surface) feeding fish. The Galapagos are definitely a true billfish spot offering exceptional opportunities for all marlins — black, striped and blue. Marlin might not have originated here, but they are definitely found here now.
En route to and from the Galapagos Islands, we'll spend one night in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on the mainland. Once we arrive on San Cristobal Island, we’ll spend a half day exploring the famous National Marine Park. Then it’s four full days of hands-on billfish fishing, instruction, and seminars. At the end of the trip, no matter how many marlin have been raised and released, this will be the journey of a lifetime.
A Few Galapagos Islands Facts
The Galapagos Islands are the world’s second-largest marine reserve.
The Galapagos were declared a marine reserve in 1986.
Seven major oceanic currents support the Galapagos marine ecosystems. Most marine species originally came with the Panama Current.
17 percent of Galapagos fish species are endemic to the Galapagos.
The Galapagos are divided into three ocean zones: 1) Central and Southern Islands which holds the most fish species 2) Northern Islands (warmest waters), and 3) Western Islands (coolest waters).
The Galapagos Islands are one of the most volcanically active areas in the world. The islands were formed around 3 to 5 million years ago, and there are over 450 species of fish in the Galapagos