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Address: Av Charles Darwin | Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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+593 5-252-4164
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Our Dive center is located right across the road from the Navy base and the...

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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Professional and competent

Feom the guy helping out to get you an adjusted wetsuit to the boat crew and the dive guides are really all amazing, cheerful, professional and you will feel safe with them (would... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Joelle L
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Croix
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Croix
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Feom the guy helping out to get you an adjusted wetsuit to the boat crew and the dive guides are really all amazing, cheerful, professional and you will feel safe with them (would be nice if the 2 office ladies could be more cheerful with clients though). We had a great day and saw plenty of marine life and even... More 

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Shanghai, China
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186 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Only had time for one day of diving and chose this company after talking to locals and tourists who had been diving. I've dived over 150 times in 6 countries and have never had such a thorough and professional pre-dive checks and briefing. Also, diving with turtles, manta rays, eagle rays, white-tipped reef sharks, enormous moray eels, black-tipped reef sharks... More 

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Modling, Austria
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did a few day trips with academy bay and we had fantastic dives. (We saw a huge range of wildlife!) The crew is very friendly, work very professionally and we felt ourselves to be in very good hands. So we'd like to say a big thanks to Hugo and Alice as well as to our dive master Oscar and... More 

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Rakaia, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Initially skeptical since they were quite a bit cheaper than other companies, they proved not to be lacking in any area. The boat, food and gear were all exceptional. The great crew did everything so all you had to worry about was enjoying the experience.

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Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We only dove one day from this island and went to Gordon Rock. We dove with a lot of different dive centres all over the world and I really recommand this one which is very nice. The staff is very kind and patient. We have our own dive equipment, but still needed a wetsuit, which was good. The boat is... More 

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Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
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168 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Yesterday we went diving with Academy Bay at Gordons rock en Seymour. All the credits for this dive center, everything was outstanding arranged. Great staff, great boot and great service. We have been diving at a lot of places and in a lot of countries but they did everything just like it should be plus extra. We can really recommend... More 

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Kansas City
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390 reviews
159 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a well run organization. They were very responsive to our inquiries while we were booking our trip. Alice was wonderful. The equipment was in great condition and is included in the price of the dive. The dive masters are competent and very safety conscious. The shop will provide pictures and videos of your dive. You need to furnish... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

As the title says, this is one of the most professional dive shops that I've been diving with. The equipment (included in the price of the dive) was top notch and they provide provide pictures + video of your dive at no additional cost. Safety is taken very seriously and the dive plan is made very clear at the start.... More 

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23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

This is a family run business and everyone is invested in ensuring safety and a great experience. I visited another dive shop around the corner and a customer coming back from a dive trip literally pulled me out of the shop and told me not to go there. This place is extremely professional. You go the night before to try... More 

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Tierra Verde, Florida
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75 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

We booked a relatively last minute tour to Seymour Norte through this company. We had been advised not to go on several of the boats used for this tour and advised the young ladies assisting us of the boats we did not want. They told us that they knew that this particular boat, Espanola, had had a bad reputation but... More 

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