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“Hammerhead sharks --- spectacular diving!!”

Dive Center Silberstein
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Owner description: Dive with us into the spectacular and fascinating underwater world of the Galapagos Islands, one of the last natural paradises on earth. Discover nature at its purest and most original form, while following the footsteps of Darwin. See what is seen only in dreams...Each and every dive site around the islands ranks among the best and most impressive destinations in the world. Diving with pelagic fish and large sea creatures gives divers one of the most spectacular experiences possible. Encounters with different species of sharks, mantas, rays, whale sharks, marine turtles and sea lions are typically seen on most dives. With some luck, dolphins, marine iguanas and penguins can also be seen underwater!To give guests from around the world the opportunity to dive in this "natural aquarium", Hotel Silberstein in Puerto Ayora opened this Dive Center in February 2006.
Goleta, California
1 review
“Hammerhead sharks --- spectacular diving!!”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

I don't think diving gets better than this! Silberstein provided a great diving experience!! This was only my second dive after my Open Water course & it was unbelievable. Alex was very professional & provided the extra care & fear calming I needed being a beginner! We saw sea tortoises, sting rays, swam through a school of barracuda, saw hammerheads and whitetip sharks, sea lions (lobo marinos!) and saw a giant eagle ray! Thanks Alex & the staff at Silberstein for a great, unforgettable trip!

Visited August 2012
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Professional and friendly”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

After a less enchanting experience with another Puerto Ayora dive shop I went with Silberstein for a dive trip to Mosquera / Seymour North. The equipment was OK, the service around the diving itself was very good, the food... well, it's not a gourmet trip, is it? :-)
But most importantly the guide Alex was very relaxed and experienced. He took the group for a short check dive (regulator replacement, emptying a half-full mask) at 5m to assess skills and understand which less experienced divers he needed to look after a bit more. The two dives then went smoothly and were a fantastic underwater journey with hammerheads, sea lions, turtles, barracudas, rays... no need to say more! I'd dive with them again, gladly, unfortunately the Galapagos are too far away...!

Visited August 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very Professional”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

The dive center gave us a great time and was very professional and safe. Unlike many operators they have an official license, so there is no chance of the police cutting your dive short.

Visited September 2011
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Hannover, Germany
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A great experience in best attendance”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

It was the first time diving for me, so it was very important for me, to have someone by my side who would be kind, patient and experienced. What am I gonna say? It was the best environment to get to know the underwater world of Galápagos. I had a very friendly and patient diving teacher. We had a lot of fun, while diving, before and after. I couldn´t imagine a better place to learn how to dive. It doesn´t matter whether you´re more or less talented, you can learn without any pression and meanwhile be sure that the Silberstein school´s team will be caring for your health and well-being. The team feels very responsible for the service during the whole time, so if problems concerning transportation or any other thing appear, you can be sure, that they will search for the most comfortable solution for you.

All in all, I really recommend this place to everyone who wants to get closer to the Galápagos aquatic life.

Visited July 2012
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Fort Pierce
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very professional”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

I had an great time with Silberstein. The hotel and dive shop are family run and the owner Jan takes a lot of pride in his business. He was always around to answer questions or make sure customers are happy. The dives were amazing and our guides were super friendly and knew the area very well. There were also 2 guides for only 5 divers. Since my sister was just learning to dive, this made us feel very comfortable.

Visited June 2012
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