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Dive Review of Buddy Dive in
Galapagos Islands

December, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Kayla Koeber, UT, US (2 reports)
Report Number 7503
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cocos Island x 3, PNG, Socorro, Palau, Turks & Caicos, Belize, Bay
Islands, Little Cayman, Cozumel, California, Galapagos 2004
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
65   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
conditions require you to dive with dive master from pangas, groups of 6 or
7 divers per panga on this trip.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Excellent dive deck, good camera tables, rinse  tank, dive from inflatables
so must watch cameras when seas are rough, panga drivers were careful, but
sometimes other divers are not. ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Dive Operation
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Shore Diving  
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Overall Rating

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HISTORY:  We first dove the Galapagos in 2004 on the Peter Hughes Sky
Dancer.  We found the waters incredible but the dive operation was
terrible.  Bad dive master who would bang his tank when he saw hammerheads,
scaring them away; more interested in his video photography than safety of
divers, it was our LAST PETER HUGHES affiliated trip and we recommend
serious divers stay away.  We heard about the Buddy Dive operation from an
excellent diver/photographer we met on the Nautilus Explorer/Socorro in
2012 who gave them a TOP rating.  Researched - the reviews were excellent
and we wanted to go back so booked for Dec. 14,2013 sail date, just after
what they call Whale Shark Season.

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