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

Recently returned from a short trip to Galapagos. But what a trip it was. Made my reservations October 2014 by internet. Was searching for a while to find a descent operator who... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Willemstad, Curacao
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Willemstad, Curacao
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Recently returned from a short trip to Galapagos. But what a trip it was. Made my reservations October 2014 by internet. Was searching for a while to find a descent operator who could arrange a few dives and island trips. I quickly came across the website of "Academy Bay Diving". Their website offers a lot of information concerning divetrips and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I would give the travel agency 5/5. Everything was really great and we had a great price. There was a problem with the booking for one of the virgin Islands, but Hugo was very Quick at rescheduling so we got to Another virgin island, which was great. Grace and Alice who sits at the front desk we're the best in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Wife and I dove for two days with these guys. Friendly English speaking guides and reception. Guides took us through safety checks and procedures which we needed as very new to diving. Saw everything on the brochure-sharks Rays turtles etc was great. Lunch and snacks served where spot on especially the lunch-fish rice and vegetables which is better than other... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I visited Galapagos during the first 2 weeks of feb/2015. I had read reviews on tripadvisor about how great the experience was to dive with academy bay. When I got to Puerto Ayora the hotel where I was staying wanted to book my dives with a difference company. I begged them to change to academy bay as I really want... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

It seems like there are more dive shops in Puerto Ayora than Starbucks in Seattle, so how to choose? Well, after asking around and a recommendation from an energetic Norwegian couple, we visited Academy Bay. The co-owner, Alice, is originally from Australia so we had a chuckle at the irony of coming all the way to Galapogos to meet an... More 

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steveo870
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Went diving with Academy Bay for 5 days in January and had a blast. The dive masters were great and very knowledgeable, the staff was extremely friendly, and food on board was excellent. I would recommend Academy Bay to anybody and I can't wait to go diving with them again!

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Kamloops
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

My wife and I are fair water divers. We usually dive for a few days a year when we're on holidays but have never aquired the gear to dive in Canada. We have about 45 dives spread out over 10 years. Last year we had a very bad experience at Sharkey's Dive Centre on the San Andres Islands Columbia so... More 

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Albuquerque
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81 reviews 81 reviews
42 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I was booked with Academy Bay Dive Center for 2 days of dives. I had my own equipment. The divers would meet at the shop on Academy Bay and head out to the various dive sites for 2 tank dives. The guides were very professional which was good for the rest of the group that was diving. They all had... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Very professiona dive operation with extremely attentive staff, excellent under-water guiding and safety briefings. We had a wonderful time diving for 5 days in the Galapagos with Hugo's team. I can only recommend Academy Bay Divers. Thank you!

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Sterling, Virginia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I dove three days with Academy Bay and I highly recommend them for diving and for other bookings. A big bonus before anything else: They speak perfect English and reply emails very quickly. - the equipment was in great shape. - the dive masters and staff were very professional, helpful and friendly. The dives felt safe and they served us... More 

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

Nan, thank you for your comments. It was a pleasure to meet you and friends, and thanks for the chocolate! They don't make it like that out here! I hope you enjoyed your time in Galapagos and we look forward to seeing you out here again one day! More 

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