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Dive Review of Buddy Dive in
Galapagos Islands

Buddy Dive, Dec, 2013,

by Kayla Koeber, UT, US ( 2 reports). Report 7503.

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

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 65 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 20 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions conditions require you to dive with dive master from pangas, groups of 6 or 7 divers per panga on this trip.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments 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. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments 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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