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Academy Bay Dive Center

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Address: Av Charles Darwin | Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Phone Number: 593 52524164
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Our Dive center is located right across the road from the Navy base and the...

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!

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Great crew and great diving

Such a profession crew from the front desk to the crew on the boat. I went to dive with this company over the other because of the feel of the shop, as I went to every shop to see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Pat S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Such a profession crew from the front desk to the crew on the boat. I went to dive with this company over the other because of the feel of the shop, as I went to every shop to see the itineraries and crews. Originally was only going to do one dive, but ended up diving three days in a row... More 

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Thank Pat S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I only dove one day with this company, but was impressed with the experience. The did a good job describing the different dive locations so that I could make an informed decision on what day to dive. One the day of the outing they did a really thorough explanation of the agenda, as well as detailed dive briefings. The were... More 

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Thank DawnB62014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really great team of dive guides! all the things i wanted to see I have seen! So amazing to dive with hammer head sharks but even more the sealions .... they where amazing thanks for the great time

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Thank Johan H
Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had some of my best dives with Academy Bay in the Galápagos. Alice's service was exceptional! I'm going to try and find the Oz Fireman calendar of 2016 and send as a thankyou. Oscar and Byron were brilliant Dive Masters. Oscar funny, fun and strict (strict with safety for very good reason!) El Capitan and the rest of the crew... More 

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Thank s1mplict
Lewes, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The dive centre is located directly in front of the port area. My son and I (both experienced and qualified divers) had booked a 5 day dive package. Firstly, thanks to Alice for her assistance in planning it, to Carlos (the boat captain) and to Oscar, Steven and Byron for making the diving so memorable for us both. All the... More 

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Thank PDC_11
London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This company is excellent. Organised, professional and safe. We loved our diving experience. Dive days run as follows: Suits, boots, BCD fitted day before in shop. On the day, a light breakfast is offered in office before transfer to boat. Before any dive, Oscar our instructor gave a briefing covering all aspects - location, topography, conditions, marine life and safety.... More 

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Thank RRambla
Jackson, Wyoming
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff was top notch on the boat and in the office. Good equipment. All around great company and fabulous diving!

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Thank Michael W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I just got our diving certification in Ecuador to specifically dive in the Galápagos Islands. We came across the academy bay dive center conveniently located right on the main road. We luckily got a spot for the 1st of January but I would recommend planning ahead because they book fast for the holidays. The whole trip was... More 

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Thank Soniyae R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

I've dived all over the world (150+ dives) and this was one of the safest operations I've been with. Very good check dive before dumping into challenging (but beautiful) Gordon Rocks. I also saw them decline to book Gordon Rocks for a beginner diver (which was appropriate for them to do!) Oscar and Byron are great dive guides and know... More 

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Thank kathleen r
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

We did a day trip to Floreana Island with this company. The boat arrived on time and was in good condition. The weather was rough, so on of the instructors suggested another dive side. However, some of our group wanted to go to Floreana, which we did. Nevertheless, we thought it was considerate of our instructor to ask. In between... More 

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Thank KoenBressers
divingalapagos, Manager at Academy Bay Dive Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We are always happy to take feedback from our customers. I would like to respond to a few of your comments, but firstly, I am glad you had a good dive overall. That is what we aim to acheive! In regards to your equipment checks on the surface. You do a "buddy check" before you... More 

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