We (group of 3 French couples, experienced divers). did 6 days of diving with Academy Bay Diving
Organization of our trip: being 6 divers, we preferred to reserve our dives before departing for the Galapagos. The communication with Alice was excellent, good commercial attitude, flexibility etc. Payment of 30 % at the reservation while some other clubs are asking 100 % (that we considered as not acceptable). The club is also organizing excursions for non divers.
Organisation of the dives is professional. Maximum 10 divers, plus 2 guides , captain, and one crew on board of the speed boat. The dive sites are between 30 minutes and 1 hour sailing. The guides take care of all the equipment, including our personal equipment (we were carrying all our equipment). This looks probably obvious for American divers, but is not the cases in many parts of the world. For specialists, the tanks can accept the DIN format regulators (was not the case when diving in Isabella). A small breakfast and lunch is included in the package. Regarding security, there is oxygen on board, and there is an hyperbaric center in Puerto Ayora.
The dives: most of the dives are superb: we will not forget the hammerheads, white tip sharks, turtles, rays… and the sea lions playing with us. Nice also, the captain positions his boat very close to the shore to observe the sea lions, navigates to approach the dolphins, or simply to take the best snaps of the islands. We came back with hundred of pictures and videos, plus the ones that Santiago (our guide) took, and which are for free within the dive package.
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