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Academy Bay Dive Center

Av Charles Darwin | Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
593 52524164
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Ranked #6 of 12 Activities in Puerto Ayora
Type: Educational Sites, Adventure
Owner description: Our Dive center is located right across the road from the Navy base and the main passenger pier in...
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Type: Educational Sites, Adventure
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I booked a snorkelling day trip to Santa Fe and regretted it at once. The staff were extremely rude and lied about providing my friend and I with snorkel masks and wet suits (luckily we had our own). The morning of the trip they scolded us for being late, despite our having shown up for the 8am departure time we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I'd booked an 8 day cruise through Academy and had a couple of days to kill, so thought I'd do an overnight trip to Isabela as my boat would not be visiting there. I paid US$230 which included transfers, accommodation, meals and a snorkelling trip to the Lava Tunnels (see separate review). Given the price, I expected more than the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We had one day of diving with Academy Bay and really enjoyed it. We hadn't dived in nearly a year so went on one of the easier diving areas of the Galapagos. When booking, they went through all the details for the day and that we would get a check dive for us to get comfortable in the water again.... More 

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Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I had a great experience with this dive shop! Brand new equipment, great service, and a fun time! On the second day my operator booked me with a different dive shop, and I regretted a lot, since their equipment was old, and the people not as nice! Really recommend Academy Bay Dive Center.

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Potchefstroom, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I have no idea how they organize diving tours, but don't go on daily tours with them. Go to any other travel agency, but not to them. First of all they charge you 5-30 dollars more than any other agency depending on a tour you choose. I was aware of that, but they did speak English and a difference on... More 

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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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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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