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Academy Bay Dive Center

Av Charles Darwin | Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
593 52524164
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Ranked #10 of 18 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 July 17, 2014 NEW

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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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Good dive centre - used them for 3 days of diving. Equipment is not brand new (welcome to Galapagos!!), but decent quality and well maintained. Their boat is decent size - so you have a bit of space, and spend less time travelling to the dive site. Guides are friendly - and provide great explanations of the dive sites. They... More

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Memphis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Just finished the 6 day Ultimate Galapagos pkg. with Academy Bay and they made all non-flight arrangements for us. We received quick responses to emails before booking and had an amazing & time with the guides and other divers. Staying on Santa Cruz we had time to visit land attractions after dives on several days and were able to change... More

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London, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is a great dive center and I would recommend to all. They take care of everything for you, you just have to show up on time and enjoy the wildlife! You get a light breakfast and a yummy lunch on the boat and snacks in between the two dives. The kit is good quality and the crew put it... More

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Sydney, Australia
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16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Great experience with them, from the initial information to booking and the trip itself Flawless organization The lady at the shop is very friendly and helpful The trips are well organized, they provide everything you need (all gear, snacks, towels... etc) Fast boat to get there quick ;) Good dive master (Simon) makes nice pre-dive briefings with nice drawings and... More

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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I picked Academy Bay based on the reviews I had read. I communicated with Alice who responded promptly to all my emails. I was travelling around the islands before diving and started to hear some stories about other dive companies (inc a guy staying at my hotel who had to spend a few days in the chamber and was really... More

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Whitecourt, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My husband and I chose Academy Bay Dive Center on the advice of another traveler we had met who had taken her Open Water with them. We are both Advanced Padi Divers with 60 dives each. We went diving two days in a row. First day was North Seymour and the second day was Gordon Rocks. Oscar and the rest... More

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Monterrey, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

My wife and I went with Oscar to 3 different dive sites in Galápagos. On all 4 dives the service was excelent and very professional. At Gordon Rocks, a site well known for its strong currents and schools of hammerheads, a diver felt uncomfortable just at the beginning and decided to abort her dive. Oscar took her back to the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

We chose academy bay by word of mouth. All in all it was a good trip. Dive masters pretty well do everything for you. Quite organized, pretty good English. They were able to change the battery on my comp which I was happy about. We seen a lot if what we wanted to see like hammerheads. The diving was not... More

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Munich, Germany
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I was in Puerto Ayora in end of April 2014 and decided to make a dive at this diving school. The woman at the office (not a local) spoke perfect English and was really nice. I booked here because it was 2o-25 USD cheaper than the top rated diving school. I payed 150USD. I decided to go to "Gorden Rocks".... More

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

Wow. That indeed does not sound very nice, and if you can provide me with furher details I would be very interested to look into your case as it does not sound at all like the behaviour of our guides and crew. Did you come to our office after the dive to tell us about your experience? I do not... More

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