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Dive Review of AQUATIC ENCOUNTERS/ REINA SILVIA in
Galapagos Islands

October, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by KEVIN ELMAN, CO, USA (4 reports)
Report Number 1488

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Reporter
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
JAMACIA, BONAIRE, COSTA RICA, HAWAII, MEXICO (ALL OVER), ROATAN,
CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA, VANCOUVER, EVERY MUD HOLE IN COLORADO, NEW MEXICO AND
WYOMING

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy, dry  
Seas
noCurrents  
Water Temp
70   to 75    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
NO REAL ENFORCEMENTS, JUST GOOD SAFETY REMINDERS  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
it's the Galapagos a photgraphy meca! Divemaster (Victor) good at pointing
and finding things.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Good: Spectacular diving! Marc Bernardi of Aquatic encounters does
everything in his power to make sure you have a good time, great pre trip
communication and a heck of a nice guy. The Renia Silvia set up for diving
is perfect for a liveaboard. We had the presidents suite and the extra room
was very nice. Crew is very helpful and attentive to divers needs. Whale
sharks on every dive (saw 5 on one dive alone)!
magnificent hammerheads and walls of fish!

Bad: Communication on the boat (and in the water) could use some
improvement. Sometimes the divemaster a little more concerned about
shooting his video, than whats going on with the group (o.k. for experinced
divers maybe not beginners). Ants in our room attacked the snacks, provided
by the boat. Tip envelopes in rooms seemed pushy.

Things to know before: Bring more cash (ATM's can be flakey), bring extra
gear, don't count on everything working once you get there, there's no
repair shop!

Over all: If you can...Go! Get on the phone right now and call Marc at
aqautic encounters, you won't be sorry!   
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