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Micaela C wrote a review Jul 2019
Anchor Point, Alaska89 contributions8 helpful votes
We were on the same trip as the reviewer below. The review mentions both my husband and I (I was the seasick one and my husband was the one who almost ran out of air). We completely agree that the equipment and safety were very lacking. Because we booked with another company and were "traded" to Sope (without our knowledge), the dive sites changed. We were originally supposed to go to N. Seymour and Mosquera. When I was informed the day before that we were going to Gordon Rocks, I immediately let multiple people know about my inexperience (15 logged dives at the time) and that I had never been in strong currents before. My concerns were dismissed. I was told "I'd be fine". Due to this, I was already skeptical before the pre-dive safety brief, but when I got sick and missed important information during the safety brief nobody explained what I missed. I did not feel safe or well enough to dive at this point. My husband only dove once. He informed both Jaime and his daughter (the dive masters) that he was low on air 3 times. None of the times was he allowed to surface or buddy breathe. Because of this, he had to surface at 100psi without doing a safety stop. Due to the complete disregard for his safety, he did not dive again. We were not offered a refund or apology. I send an email almost a month ago to give them this opportunity before writing a review and received no response. I recommend another company that takes your concerns and safety more seriously.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Tmurphyj wrote a review May 2019
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We booked our Gordon Rocks dive with the dive operator called Albatros. However, we were informed two nights before the dive that Albatros had a problem with their boat and we would be diving with Sope. We read some poor reviews of Sope that complained of damaged equipment and a general lack of safety. We were apprehensive but decided it couldn't be that bad and we really wanted to dive at Gordon Rocks. We had a week prior been diving with Scuba Iguana who have a very professional and safe operation. However, their Gordon Rocks trip was full. My issues with Sope were the same that we read about from other reviewers. The equipment was subpar. My girlfriend's depth gauge did not work. I had a clear respirator that allowed me to see down the inside of the tubing— when I looked inside of it I found it was filthy— brown growth inside the tubing. One of the other diver's BCD leaked air. I had to spend 15 minutes putting my own weight belt together. Other companies have someone to help you with stuff like that. The other big problem was the lack of a coherent dive plan and lack of attention from the dive instructor in the water. First, the plan was to split into two groups. Four of us with Jaime's daughter (who actually was the more attentive instructor) and the other three with Jaime. But with one person too seasick to dive, they decided to combine the groups and have everyone and both instructors together. I didn't learn this in the pre-dive meeting. I checked with Jaime's daughter while in the zodiac on the way to the dive site to make sure we were with her and she told me no, we're all going together. This made for uncertainty in the water about whom to follow and to whom we should communicate air level and/or problems. I should also mention that during the pre-dive meeting we talked about some safety protocol but it was not nearly as thorough as with Scuba Iguana. We just talked about signs for communicating how much air we had left. With Scuba Iguana we talked about all of the signs for something that could be wrong. And the instructor made it clear that he had an extra respirator that we could use if we got too low. When in the water, my Scuba Iguana instructor was constantly checking on us and making sure of our air level. Jaime, on the other hand, paid very little attention to us in the water. One of the divers told him repeatedly on the first dive that he was low on air. Eventually the guy got down to 100psi and just had to surface on his own without a safety decompression stop. On that same dive, I started to float to the top when doing our safety stop and couldn't find my bcd deflate pull in time. I reached out for Jaime to grab my hand to pull me back down. But he wasn't paying attention to me. Before I knew it, I was at the surface without a proper safety stop. Granted, this was my fault for not reacting quickly enough, but other dive instructors in my experience keep a more watchful eye on their divers. On the second dive, as we descended, my girlfriend was having trouble equalizing and was taking her time coming down. The instructors didn't notice this and took off without us. We had to catch up to them. Also on this dive, I signed my air level to Jaime when I got down to 700 psi. At 500psi I had to yell for him in the water to show him I was getting too low. At 400psi, he gave me his other respirator from his tank. I did not like feeling a lack of safety in the water. He just didn't seem to be keeping a watchful eye on everyone. Sope's boat, the Moana, is a nice motor yacht. They provided a great breakfast and lunch onboard. Lots of space inside and an open fly bridge up top that's really nice while motoring to and from the dive site. However, I found the constant diesel exhaust smell to be annoying. Two of the passengers got seasick and I'm sure the fumes didn't help. Other operators use smaller boats with outboard engines. Less smelly exhaust. Visibility was good. We didn't see the schooling hammerheads but did see a few smaller ones. We saw black tips, white tips, Galapagos sharks, a massive school of rays, eels, and turtles. The current was strong. If I went again, I would try to go with the flow of the current more often, rather than using my fins to keep propelling me forward. I consumed air too fast working so hard. The current pushes you back and forth and sideways. That's why they refer to Gordon Rocks as a washing machine. But the current really wasn't that bad. The price for 2 dives with Sope was $160. This was the last minute price when we booked with Albatros. However, we went around to some other dive operators and tour companies in the area inquiring about Gordon Rocks. One tour company was selling the same Sope dive for $150. So I think the price if you book directly with Sope is $150. Also, when inquiring with other shops about the safety of Sope before going diving with them, many of them said the same thing—They said we can't say that Sope isn't good because we don't want to be responsible for contributing to their poor reputation. But you should look at at TripAdvisor and that will tell you what you need to know about Sope, they told us. One guy flat out told us we should not go with them. Personally, I didn't think they were that bad. They were very nice people and we had some amazing dives. The big boat is pretty sweet. And breakfast was great. Unlimited tasty croissants, fruit, and coffee. Lunch was solid too—fish, rice, lentils, salad. Ultimately, there are just better operators in Puerto Ayora. So I'm giving them 3 out of 5. And I'd give the other operator we went with, Scuba Iguana, 5 out of 5. If you're an experienced diver and Sope's dive schedule lines up with what you want to do, I'd consider them. But if you're experience is limited, I wouldn't choose Sope as safety is your top priority. There are better operators. I especially recommend Scuba Iguana. Their facility is nice and large. We didn't feel rushed trying on our equipment the day before. The instructors were awesome. Sope feels understaffed. The owners are the dive instructors. They do it all themselves. So there are not support staff to make things go smoothly. Scuba Iguana, on the other hand, has staff who help you with the booking, staff assigned to helping you try on equipment, instructors who can focus entirely on the dive and your safety, and enough crew onboard to help everyone with their gear.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Brian L wrote a review May 2019
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My wife and I first booked a day of diving at Seymour... We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel for the taxi ride to the canal. Jaime delivered an excellent and thorough briefing before the dive with an emphasis on safety. Snacks and lunch on board were delicious. Visibility wasn't great, but that couldn't be blamed on Jaime. We saw a number of sharks, turtles, rays, parrotfish, surgeonfish, and a huge field of sea stars. Except for the fact that my wife lost her GoPro, it was a great dive. We decided late the next afternoon to sign up for Gordon Rocks the following morning, but the boat was already full. Jaime phoned around and found another boat for us, which he said would be for just the two of us. It almost seemed too good to be true.. When we enquired about renting a GoPro, Jaime saved us the expense, and instead offered to bring the camera with him and film us on our dives AT NO CHARGE. The next morning, we felt like royalty as our zodiac pulled up to our own private 14m yacht! The diving at Gordon Rocks was outstanding... sharks, rays, turtles, and huge schools of fish. The crew on both ships was outstanding and very attentive. Jaime is without a doubt the most enthusiastic, upbeat dive operator and divemaster we have ever had the pleasure to dive with. He clearly has a passion for diving and the marine environment. Next time we are in Puerto Ayora, we will definitely look him up again. Thanks Jaime!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Joseph V wrote a review Apr 2019
Barcelona, Spain2 contributions1 helpful vote
Thank you for your excellent service, very good experience and sharing with you was great. I recommend everyone to have an unforgettable experience
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Effelow wrote a review Nov 2018
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We booked the Les Tuneles and volcano; both full-day trips. The agency is in Santa Cruz while the tours took place Isla Isabella. Transportation and accommodation was very well organized so that you can focus on the fun part. Also, no hidden costs. Except 1$ for the water taxi to the actual boat. 😏 During the time , Stalin from the agency kept in touch via WhatsApp and put his effort in so that we can make the most of our time at Galapagos. Guides on both days showed responsible behavior (as opposed to some of the guests).
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Date of experience: November 2018
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