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Dive Review of Eco Ventures/Estrella Del Mar in
Galapagos Islands

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Harvey Schecter, GA, United States
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4166
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
77   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 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
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
[None]Not enough space for more than a few UW photographers
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
[The highlight of the trip was our naturalist/dive guide Fabricio Carbo.
Every day he gave a fascinating one hour lecture on the area of the
Galapagos where we had moored.]In addition, he gave excellent dive
briefings and, also acted as one of our dive guides. The other divemaster,
Natasha was excellent, as well. This was the first voyage of the Estella
Del Mar as its license was transferred from the Eco Star. The crew was 5
star in every way. The boat was clean, although at 75 feet was a little
cramped for 16 divers. I would definitely recommend this boat to others.
Park rules seem to change frequently. Dive boats can only disembark on one
island as apposed to the previous four. 50% less sharks compared to a few
years ago.
In a few years it is predicted that there will be no more sharks in the
Galapagos thanks to illegal shark fishing- so get there ASAP!
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