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Academy Bay Dive Center

Av Charles Darwin | Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
593 52524164
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Ranked #9 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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English first
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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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Cheltenham
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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
2 reviews
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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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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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
2 reviews
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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7 attraction reviews
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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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