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Academy Bay Dive Center

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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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Fine diving, Excellent Dive Masters

I went on two two tank dives with Academy. The first day we went to Gordon Rocks, which had very good viz, 75 feet, and where we saw 4 Mola [huge Sunfish], hammerheads, galapagos... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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College Station, Texas
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College Station, Texas
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I went on two two tank dives with Academy. The first day we went to Gordon Rocks, which had very good viz, 75 feet, and where we saw 4 Mola [huge Sunfish], hammerheads, galapagos sharks, and many eagle rays. The second trip was to Sewell North, and there we saw at least a dozen white tip sharks, a half dozen... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We booked our last minute Galapagos boat trip with this company and were 100% happy. They spoke fantastic English and were able to arrange with the boat we had been watching before we got to the islands. Really happy with the their service. A perfect Galapagos tour.

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Bogota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Diving Galapagos is one of the things you, as diver, should experience at least once. I didn't really know how diving worked in there, but it is a bit different from other places. For instance, you pay less for diving, as they call it, "last minute", but you're running into the risk of not being able to find a place,... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Great dive center! Really felt professional from start to end and the food onboard was really good. A quick test dive before heading to the actual dive site to check your weights and all the gear are good. All for $160.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

The staff at Academy Bay was great. This was my first dive ever and they took great care of myself and others that it was their first time. Oscar and the staff was superb. The day went smoothly even with my friend getting stung by a jellyfish. Prices and video are included in the trip but make sure to bring... More 

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Titchfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

From start to finish academy bay was a professional and well organised diving outfit . Nothing was too much trouble and they aimed to please everyone on our large party of 22. Not easy considering different skill levels of so many people. Wouldn't hesitate to use again if I'm lucky enough to return to the galapagos islands.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We had a bad experience with Academy Bay diving. We planned months in advance to specifically dive in two of the best locations off Santa Cruz (North Seymour and Daphne) and we contacted several dive agencies. Academy Bay confirmed that they were doing those dives on the day we wanted. On the day of the dives when we were already... More 

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Fareham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Academy Bay organised our dive trip to the Galapagos and they did a fantastic job!! We were a large group of 22 and as such we had to be split between numerous dive centres on three islands (all organised by Alice at Academy Bay) She sent Grace an employee to San Cristobal to make certain everything was ok with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I went one day with them in Floreana and all was perfect. The team is really nice and professional, the material is good. Photos and videos are included in the price.

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san jose
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

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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