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Address: Av Charles Darwin | Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593 5-252-4164
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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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A solid dive choice

I went with Academy Bay dive center for one dive to North Seymour and Mosquera. The dive guides were well educated on the dive sites and experienced. They take pictures while you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Devin O
Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

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Tierra Verde, Florida
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went with Academy Bay dive center for one dive to North Seymour and Mosquera. The dive guides were well educated on the dive sites and experienced. They take pictures while you are out so you do not have to worry about taking them yourself. The only reason I cannot rate them excellent is I wish they would have split... More 

Thank Devin O
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I just spent a short week diving with Academy Bay and have only good things to say about this dive center. Professional, organised, punctual, and very friendly. They run a good business with a fast boat, knowledgeable guides, equipment in excellent shape, and of course spectacular diving.

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Victoria, Canada
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been fortunate to dive with diving operators in several parts of the world – several places in the South Pacific, also East Africa and Brazil, as well as North America – and this was by far the best run and most professional group I have worked with. They were very organised, on the ball, gave good and clear... More 

Thank greendoc
Orlando, Florida, USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

This shop was friendly overall, but they didnt offer anything special. I would say they are standard/run-of-the-mill. If you choose to look for a better spot, you might find something better.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 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!

Thank TerriW1984
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 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 

Thank Steve R
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 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 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

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 

Thank Anna P
Tustin, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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