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Dive Review of Estrella Del Mar I in
Galapagos Islands

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Chad Engler, OK, USA (1 report)
Report Number 5124
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Truk, Cocos, Palau, Yap, Hawaii, Bahamas, Mexico, Panama, Honduras, Grand
Turk, Cayman, USA, Canada, Dominica, Tonga, Fiji, Bonaire, Curacao,
Florida, Bermuda, Red Sea, Bora Bora, Catalina, Saba
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
62   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco diving, diving as a group due to currents and wanting to surface
fairly near each other for the panga pick ups.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 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
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The boat could use  a little more camera table space but honestly our group
had a lot of large camera. It was never a serious problem, just an
occasional inconvenience.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
This trip, the boat, the crew was terrific!

Reading up on this boat before we went I read a few negative reports which
worried me a bit. I have to say that I found the boat, facilities and
particularly the crew was great. Could the boat be bigger, sure, but it was
a fabulous trip and the crew was just great! The boat was very clean, the
service was exceptional, the naturalist guides were excellent.

Overall the water was warmer than we expected although we still encountered
occasional colder water (low 60's). We might have brought 5 mils instead of
7 mils if we had better info ahead of time. Most of the time the water was
min the 70's.

Expectations about the ability to carry on large amounts of gear on the
flights from mainland Ecuador to Baltra and back were not terrible accurate
so I would not carry on gear that couldn't be checked in a pinch. It just
depends on the mood that day.
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