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Dive Review of Deep Blue in
Galapagos Islands/Darwin, Wolf

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Janet Hays, VA, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 2348
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire, Cayman, Cozumel, Key Largo, Sea of Cortez, Turks
& Caicos 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
62   to 71    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No touching the marine life, especially the whale sharks   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
My desire to see hammerhead and whale sharks was very happily satisfied on
this trip.  We had a total of 20 whale shark encounters and were tempted to
start naming the critters we got to see more than once. I not only got to
see the schools of hammerheads above me, courtesy of our very expert guide
Luis Rodriguez, but we also got a closeup view when I requested one, when
my buddy and I positioned ourselves near a cleaning station Luis was
familiar with. Lots of playful interactions with sea lions made for some
lighthearted dives, too.  I also got to see the graceful spotted eagle rays
again -  I'll never tire of watching them move.  But I'm still trying to
figure out the red-lipped batfish - the creature's appearance and mode of
locomotion is nothing short of  hilarious! Over 200 dolphins passed us as
we motored between islands.  I wish I had known to do more upper body
exercises to improve my ability to get my gear and myself up into the
pangas since I did get tired with the strong current and surge, especially
at Wolf!  I also had no idea that I would be struggling to swim hard and
fast enough to KEEP UP with the whale sharks! I wish I could have redone my
weight pocket/belt configuration: on my Dive Rite I would have had the
large clip pockets instead of the small velcro pockets, aince I did drop my
heavy weight belt when tired. On board, we had adorable food sculptures at
the buffet table, and generous options for all palates including
vegetarians.  I wish I had known to bring more of my own DVDs for
entertainment during the inter-island jaunts - a meager selection of mostly
English subtitled shows. The only negative thing I can say about this trip
is that we had the cabin at the absolute bottom of the boat and we had some
problem with sewage backing up in our shower which was not completely
eliminated even after two attempts by the crew to alleviate.  I would pay
my money early to have the premium choice of the cabins! 
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