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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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Morgantown, West Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I have been diving all over the world and have about 500 dives under my belt. I had a couple of days in Puerto Ayora and decided to try some scuba day trips. I visited numerous dive shops in Puerto Ayora, and they all appeared to be about the same to me - same gear, same prices, etc. But I... More

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Little Britain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I found Acadamy Bay online and e-mailed them about their services- Alice was prompt to reply, unlike some others I treid, and was very helpful so I booked a dive day with them. Upon arrival in the galapagos, I walked to the center and was fitted for equipment and finalized the next day's dive. We left early - according to... More

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Green Lane, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We spent 10 days in the Galapagos in Feb of 2014. We wanted to dive a few days and choose Academy Bay Dive center after reading reviews online and then visiting the shop. We tried on wetsuits and BC's the night before. We arrived at the shop bright and early(6:30) walked down to the dock. We went to Gordon Rocks... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We wanted to do an extra dive while in the Galapagos and ended up finding Academy Bay while walking around Puerto Ayora. They were fairly priced, friendly, and safe. We had divers of all skill levels for Gordon Rocks and they made sure everyone was safe and entertained. Their boat was well maintained and comfortable. During our surface interval between... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We went with these guys for one day to Floreana - the first dive was a bit boring so we changed course for an alternative dive site where we saw lots more (sting rays, manta rays, sharks, fish balls) In terms of the company - the gear all seemed fine and functional. Dive briefing was quick but covered the key... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

I researched dive companies before I arrived in the Galapagos as I wanted to try and see specific things. academy bay were very responsive to emails, and listened to what I wanted and advised accordingly. They are not necessarily the cheapest on Santa Cruz, but I prefer a safe dive shop to a cheap one! Academy bay did a check... More

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Northville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

We went to North Seymour and Gordon Rocks with Academy. I like and highly recommend this dive shop because max. 4 divers per guide (no overbooking), check dive before 1st dive with Academy, underwater photos given to customers free after dives, good support for beginner divers, and good management. The price may be a little more expensive here than others... More

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

My fiance and I did 2 dives with Academy Bay in mid-October, and we both loved it. We did shop around Puerto Ayora once we arrived and ultimately decided to go with Academy Bay. Before we left for Galapagos, we had also e-mailed different shops inquiring about their dives, and Alice at Academy Bay was the most attentive and timely... More

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I really appreciated working with Alice at Academy Bay. She was extremely helpful and honest in determining what dive was best for us. We were getting mixed messages from other companies but her candid attitude made it easy for us to decide what to do. She doesn't pressure you into anything as she knows we have several options, she just... More

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I would like to preface this by stating that diving in the Galapagos is amazing. I had an incredible experience in the water, and Academy Bay did facilitate this. However, I very strongly wish I took another route to get there. I was in Puerto Ayora a short time and was cautioned by the booking agent that dives will fill... More

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

Thank you for your review Jessica, though we believe it be be quite unfair, we always appreciate feedback from our customers to continue to improve our service. I would like to point out however, that at no point did we lie to you about the prices for diving on the islands. I gave you OUR Dive center price, and never... More

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