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

Deep Blue, Sep, 2005,

by Janet Hays, VA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 2348.

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

Weather rainy Seas currents
Water Temp 62 to 71 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No touching the marine life, especially the whale sharks
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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