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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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Amazing dives, amazing pictures and footages

We went with Academy Bay for a total of 6 dives all over Galapagos. We've had some dive experience before so in comparison I thought Academy Bay guides were extremely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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san jose
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We went with Academy Bay for a total of 6 dives all over Galapagos. We've had some dive experience before so in comparison I thought Academy Bay guides were extremely accommodating on helping us with the gear, giving clear dive plans and letting us know what to do in case of an incident. The shop takes feedback very seriously; we... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The diving was amazing. Academy made everything perfect. The boat was well organized, staff were very knowledgeable and spoke really good English. The equipment was in really good condition.

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Bamberg, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We fell into this tour operator on the main street while looking for a last-minute activity during a short stay on Santa Cruz. The owner was able to arrange a visit to the turtle reserve (I think it's called El Chato?), and also arranged our ferry to and from Isla Isabela a few days later, including a last-minute change when... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

On our second dive my wife had to surface with a problem after only about 10 minutes. The Dive Master was signaled but he did not surface and my wife came up about 50 yards from the boat. Despite her attempts to be seen, the Captain was not watching for divers and my wife continued to drift. The current at... More 

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

We would like to once again apologise for this incident, and thank you wife for following the correct proceedure of inflating her BCD and waiting patiently for the boat to pick her up. This incident is not something that happens frequently, but due to the strong currents in Galapagos, and espcially at Gordon Rocks, it is a possibility that divers... More 

Willemstad, Curacao
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
29 helpful votes 29 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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