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Dive Review of Buddy Dive/Wolf Buddy in
Galapagos Islands

September, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Martin Roberts, Fordingbridge, GB
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 6711
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
worldide tropical - red sea, various carribean, South Africa, Mozambique,
Tanzania, Philippines - lots of Indonesian location.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

surge, currents  
Water Temp
14   to 23    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco diving, after all very remote destination. No solo diving, surface
with "a" buddy... Hour max dive time.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
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  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Plenty of camera space, good handling of cameras by crew. Lots of big

Vis not so hot, lots of backscatter..
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
This is one of a pair of new (year old) liveaboards in the Galapagos. Feels
new as a result and is generally very well designed. I guess all boats run
very similar itineraries - time at wolf & darwin is essential for a
dive trip - so the important thing is the boat & crew.

Both of these are excellent. 

Very attentive and helpful crew, smooth changeovers between dives with very
rapid (free) Nitox fills. All crew in all areas went above and beyond to
deliver excellent service at all times. Food was plentiful and of good
quality as are the included beverages. 
Boat is very well designed with large cabins and spacious bathrooms, very
nice on a liveaboard here. Hot water showers on dive deck. Rental 7mm
Waterproof semi-dry suits in good supply and good condition - recommeneded
unless you have similar already; 5mm would be a bit too cold at times.,
even well layered.

Diving was as expected - 2nd trip here - some current, variable visability,
surface chop and at times heavy surge. Not a beginners destination.
Underwater sightings included the expected sharks - schooling scalloped
hammerhead, galapagos, silkies etc - a few manta, a number of eagle (&
other) ray sightings, lots turtles, several schools of dolphin, large
schoools barracuda - lots of Creolefish (getting in the way of most photo
Above these the highlights were a number of MASSIVE whalesharks, apparently
all pregnant females migrating - saw between 6 & 10 - plus a large
number of Mola Mola/Oceanic sun fish in 5-25m of water at most 6 at once
around cleaning stations - for us the highlight.

There are any number of smaller animals to see - red lipped batfish,
torpedo rays, numerous (not so small) moray, fleeting penguins, various
blennies, a few nudibranch etc - but you're not likely to spend too long
looking for them..

In summary great, if challenging, diving from a fantastic liveaboard.   
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