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Dive Review of Deep Blue in
Galapagos Islands

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by LeRoy Anderson, UT, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 2557
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cocos Island, Malpelo Island, Hawaii, Palau, Yap, Cozumel, Florida Keys,
British Columbia, California, Caymans, Cozumel, Washington Coast, Papua New
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
65   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Only self imposed.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
4 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
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
See overall comments.
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 trip exceeded all my expectations. I thought nothing would be ever as
good as the Cocos Island trip last year. I was wrong. Overall I would rate
the diving every bit as good as Cocos, and everything else at least as good
or better than Cocos. High praise considering the really excellent quality
of the crew on Sea Hunter at Cocos. But the crew on Deep Blue was every bit
as competent, and they went the extra mile. It was obvious our enjoyment
was their agenda. One example: One spectacular dive on Wolf Island, I was
running short of air, as I always do, earlier than everyone else. We were
just about to enter a cavern system and I did not want to do this with 750
psi in my tank. I showed my guage to our diveguide Antonio, who then
personally guided me through the caverns in a somewhat quicker fashion,
knowing I would have plenty of air to do this, and I got to see everything.
Salome, the other guide, was equally helpful and solicitous on many dives.
Regarding the rest of the nonguide crew, Alfredo (another customer) and I
both had birthdays on June 30, the crew had a big birthday party for us,
the chef baked a cake for us both, one of the other guests gave us disk
copies of their fotos, James from the shark diving company who was running
the trip gave me a cap. The crew was always respectful, never demeaning,
and beyond this just alot of fun. Regarding fellow divers, a really rowdy
and fun bunch of very emotionally expressive divers from Venezuela (i.e.
laughing, hugging, high fives, crying, etc. after our great whale shark
encounters, etc.) Also a super dive buddy did not detract! Gourmet food for
every meal, warm towels after every dive, large hot showers for every cabin
with plenty of fresh hot water rounded out the excellent physical support
on this boat. Nitrox, four dives a day, liberal restrictions for advanced
divers, and a great camera table. And of course, the phenomenal diving with
hammerheads, whitetips, galapagos sharks, eagle rays, a manta ray, a school
of golden rays, turtles, tons of morays, seals, batfish, clouds of smaller
fish, jacks, and three different whaleshark sightings. I'd say I have very
little to complain about. Overall one of my best dive trips ever.  My only
criticism? They do not take credit cards for their tips, but I was lucky to
have my buddy lend me the money for this, later reimbursing him via a visit
to an Equadoran Bank. Overall, I would not hesitate to return and recommend
this destination and this operation most highly. Ken at set everything up very professionally for me.
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