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Dive Review of Estrella del Mar in
Galapagos Islands/Ecuador

November, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Gabriela Layi, HI, United States (1 report)
Report Number 4557
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Palau, Papua New Guinea, California, Canaries, Indonesia, New
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
64   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
I am writing this for the benefit of divers who suffer from acute motion
sickness.  I was concerned that I would get sick, but wanted to do this
trip very badly.  The Galapagos is a must and the only place to see such an
abundance of pelagic fish.  We saw whale sharks on almost all the dives at
Darwin & Wolf. I am so glad I made the trip and hope to return,
hopefully soon.  Nov-March is the calmest.  I used a scopoderm patch plus
took marizene twice a day and did fine. I did not feel drowsy.  I was able
to enjoy all the dives.  The water was not as cold as I anticipated at Wolf
& Darwin and the currents, well, there are strong currents, but
manageable.  I think it is important to get fit, since the diving is
streneous.  Just putting on the wetsuit took effort!  Also, one gets cold
after diving.  Wished I had warmer clothes.
The panda drivers are very knowledgeable and were able to pick us up
inmediately after we surfaced.  Overall the staff and crew of Estrella del
Mar was outstanding and I would not hesitate on going on this live aboard
again.  Also, I think we were lucky as we were all experienced divers.  The
other divers were a happy bunch, happy to be on the trip, diving with these
magnificent creatures, so the camaraderie was tops,  and that's what diving
is all about.
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