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Academy Bay Dive Center

Av Charles Darwin | Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
593 52524164
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Ranked #7 of 19 Attractions in Puerto Ayora
Type: Educational Sites
Owner description: Our Dive center is located right across the road from the Navy base and the main passenger pier in Puerto Ayora. If you still can't find us, look out... more » Owner description: Our Dive center is located right across the road from the Navy base and the main passenger pier in Puerto Ayora. If you still can't find us, look out for a bright pink lolly shop next door! « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Total responsiveness and professionalism from Alice in the office. She took care of booking my dives, arranging equipment, and booked my hotel. While in Puerto Ayora she continued the high level of service and attentiveness. The boat is adequate, but the professional staff is outstanding. They make the smaller size boat work with ease, and are very organized. All dive... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We did a day trip with Academy Divers, and it was wonderful. The staff at the office were very nice, equipment was fairly new and in great shape, and the dive instructors spoke great English and were very knowledgable. Read up on dive sites before booking, as many if the sites have very strong currents and may no be suitable... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

Right from my first email correspondence to after my dives with Academy I found them professional, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful. Alice answered all my email queries promptly and it certainly helped her speaking fluent english. I was lucky that their diving schedule fitted in with what I wanted to do. Their wets suits were new, the BCDs and regulators were in... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

my wife and i did our padi open water with this crowd. Their office set up is so-so, the main staff there could be a bit friendlier / more professional, however our guide Chris was great, really professional and really went the extra mile, the other divers with us seemed to all have a good time too. And the dives... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

From the boat, dive sites, equipment, snacks and staff. Well worth the money as I know they are a little more than other dive centres. Best snacks (we were fed 3 times in 5 hours!) clean towels on the boat and great staff. Very knowledgeable and multi lingual. They all have underwater cameras and will gladly upload your photos for... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a proper team - Alice (an Australian who also speaks Spanish) laid it all out at the office on the main road in Santa Cruz - and although we took a camera we collected their photos as well (included). Oscar, George and Byron all paid close attention to our safety and kept a close eye on us while... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Alice was a great agent! We contacted Academy Bay before we went to the Galapagos to organise a dive that we had our heart set on. They always responded quickly with prices, tours and answers to any questions. When we arrived on Santa Cruz we went to try on our wetsuits and finalize another tour we had booked with Alice.... More

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We organised a few day tours, half day tour and diving through academy bay on our trip to Santa Cruz. I communicated with Alice (owner) who was incredible. She responded promptly, was happy to answer any questions we had and extremely helpful. My sister and I just completed our open water diving licence on the coast of Ecuador so we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My wife and I were delighted with the personal and easy way that Academy Bay Diving tailored our short Galapagos experience so that we could see all the 'must sees' on super day tours, and for the most competitive prices we could find anywhere. There was no aspect of the vacation that they did not/could not arrange for us and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We did the 6 day Ultimate Galapagos package and it was everything the website said it was and more. The staff at Academy Bay DIve Center were very accommodating and helpful in so many ways. The crew and dive masters always stressed safety first and it showed. The breakfast, lunch and snacks were plentiful and you never went hungry. The... More

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