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Dive Review of Deep Blue in
Galapagos Islands

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jason Pellegatto, Ma, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 2771
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cocos Island, Costa Rica,  Fl Keys,  Cozumel, Bonaire, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
70   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No Depth limits.  Dive times were limited to 50 minutes.  Divers are
provided with air horns, safety tubes, and EPIRBS.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There are 2 tables for setting up cameras.  Compressed air is available. 
Leave you camera on the table, get into panga, and a member of the crew
will hand it to you so that you don't have to climb into panga with it. 
The downside is that at the end of the dive, there isn't a secure spot on
the panga, and there is risk that other divers could bang into camera gear
while climbing into panga.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
Sometimes you have diving so good that it's even better than the brochure. 
This was that time.  I made 7 of the 8 dives offered at Darwin's Arch and
saw 17 whalesharks that came so close I had to move out of their way.  I
also saw 5-10 galapagos sharks and  200 hammerheads on EVERY dive.  Large
Pods of Dolphins on half of the dives.  There was so much that I didn't
even know where to look.  All this with mild currents and mild surge.  I
can honestly say that I saw more in 1 dive in the Galapagos than I saw in
my previous 200 dives combined.  A dive trip there is highly recommended. 
I booked this trip independantly through Galapagos Adventures.  They are
responsive to emails and questions.  All of my paperwork was handled
properly and everything went smootly from airport pick ups, transfers, etc.
 The boat, Deep Blue, was a comfortable live aboard to spend a week on.  It
has large, covered decks outside, a large interior room with benches and
tv/dvd player.  Plenty of space and you never feel crowded.  The crew was
very friendly and worked hard for the guests.  The cabins have 2 separate
beds (not bunk beds) and plenty of space for storage.  Each cabin has it's
own full size toilet and separate shower with plenty of hot water.  The
rooms were cleaned, fresh towels were provided,  and the beds were made
daily.  The food was hot, plentiful, and varied with plenty of beef, port,
chicken, shrimp, and fish.  The food was much better than I had had on a
previous Aggressor livaboard.  After all dives, hot towels, hot chocolate,
and fresh baked cakes were served.  I was very happy with this boat, and I
would take it again if I return to the Galapagos.
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