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Dive Review of Deep Blue in
Galapagos Islands

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Dennis Marguet, CA, USA
Report Number 1803
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Many Carribean locations, New Guinea, Fiji, Cocos, Indonesia, Solomans,
Artic, Thailand,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
60   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive with group as currents can pull divers away from the group and only 2
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
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  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No e 6 processing but that is meaning less today with digital cameras.
Place for video to play and lots of camera work space. Camera's were rinsed
after each dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
The bad, the other group got to see the Whale sharks, everything else was
above good. Because our panga did not see the whale sharks, the boat stayed
an extra day at Darwin for us to try and see one. The viz was poor they
said, at times a murky 40 feet. I later talked to 3 guys in the airport who
went on the trip after we did and they saw 25 whale sharks with 5 on one
dive adn viz was up to 100ft! You can never make an appointment with a
fish! "You should have been there last week."
The crew was excellent in all manners except some had problems with
english, but there were plenty around to help in that area. 2 dive masters,
one for each panga that everyone stayed with the entire 10 days just
because they wanted to stay with friends etc.
The boat was in like new condition. The best rooms are down stairs, but the
other rooms are more than I've seen on other live aboards. Rooms had
private baths and showers and beds were made up every day. Robe provided in
the room for the trip. 
I highly recommend this operation for advanced divers or divers prepared to
dive in currents and surge plus comfortable going out into the blue to see
the big schools of Hammerheads and whale sharks.
Got to snorkel with dophins that came around the panga's and they once dive
bombed the hammerheads that we were watching on a dive in a protective way,
pretty amazing.
This is not a  place for pretty corals and lots of schools of pretty small
fish, it's for big fish and lot's of them.
Land excursions were also very interesting and we saw the mating riturals
of the various birds along with birds on eggs and baby chicks. Saw lots of
marine iguanias and even pinquins. Everything you expect to see in the
Galopagos we saw.
Food was excellent. This really was a great operation and I've been on well
over 25 different live aboards around the world and are at the top of the
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