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Address: Av Charles Darwin | Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
Phone Number: 593 52524164
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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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Excellent 2 days with Academy Bay

We spent two days diving with Academy, one at Seymour and one at Gordon Rocks. The staff were excellent and with their hawk-like vision and commitment we spotted the school of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
TerriW1984
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent two days diving with Academy, one at Seymour and one at Gordon Rocks. The staff were excellent and with their hawk-like vision and commitment we spotted the school of hammerheads when we had nearly given up looking. The equipment and boat was good and the communication beforehand was also excellent. Thank you for the memories and photos!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dove Seymour and Daphne one day and everything was excellent so we went to Gordon's the next day and loved both days. The guides Oscar and Byron were awesome, everything on the boat and for the dive was considered, we'll thought out and delivered. And we were very lucky with weather conditions and the animals which obviously helped for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to do a couple of days diving in the Galapagos between other elements of our holiday in mainland Ecuador and a 7 night naturalist cruise in the islands. Because of the sometimes challenging diving conditions in the Galapagos and also not to waste holiday time searching out a good dive operator, we wanted to make our arrangements before... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The office was very busy, i had to wait like 20 mins to try the gear because people were coming in and out.. The boat was comfy and clean, we got good lunch on the way back. I spent only one day with the Team at Pinzon and Guy fawkes. Both great dives, maybe short dives. The water was cold... More 

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Tustin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

With thousands of dives under our belts all over the world and with all types of operators and in all types of dive resorts I can truthfully say this is the top dive operator we have used and experienced. SERVICE is everything and service you will get. From great equipment in great condition, outstanding service in helping you in and... More 

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

We went diving with them from Santa Cruz. Very impressed with their organization, professionalism and attentiveness. 5 star dive company and great dive boat. I highly recommend this outfit.

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Larkspur, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

We were looking for an opportunity to have our first family dive together while on a land-based Galapagos adventure. Two parents with substantial diving experience and two teenagers (ages 18 and 15) who had just been certified Open Water the month before. Academy Bay Dive Center and Alice worked with us to find an appropriate beginner dive (Pinzon) and we... More 

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Thank JCHIII
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

The Academy Bay Diving Centre helped us organize a tour of Bartelomé on board the Esmeraldas III. The tour was fantastic. Yes, we spent more time getting to/from Bartelomé, but the hike up to the light house afforded great views, and snorkeling with Galápagos penguins (not to mention the close up views of blue-footed bobbies dive bombing the ocean for... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

Spent 5 days doing dive trips with Academy Bay aboard the Pacific Sea Horse and had an overall excellent experience. We had an outstanding dive master called Oscar, who was very knowledgeable and seemed to be a Hammer head shark magnet (we saw them on 7 out of our 10 dives). We dived in small groups and every dive master... More 

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Bemus Point, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

I dove with Academy Bay for two days in mid-July. This was a great experience all the way from the initial emails to the dive. They were very professional throughout the booking and dive. They answered everyone's questions and were very knowledgeable of the species and the dive locations. I picked this place because of the recommendations here on TripAdvisor... More 

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