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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures in
Galapagos Islands

September, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne Downey, PA, US
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Report Number 7758
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Caribbean, Cocos, Truk, Malaysia, Indonesia, Guadalupe, Socorro,
Fiji, Palau, Maldives, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
62   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox depth, 55 minutes including safety stop. No deco diving.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Cameras in bow on pangas. Large rinse tank on mother boat. Camera table
crowded if several large cameras; also used for other things.
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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2 stars   
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A group of nine adventurous divers headed for the Galapagos Islands to
spend 10 days aboard the Humboldt Explorer, hoping to see whale sharks,
hammerhead sharks, and much more. Our desires were mostly fulfilled.

The Humboldt Explorer, part of the Explorer Ventures fleet, comfortably
houses 16 divers and almost as many staff. There are 8 guest cabins, all
with ensuites and no bunk beds. Some of the cabins can be configured with
either one or two beds. Two cabins are on the main deck and the rest are
below. My cabin had two beds, a small, short closet with two drawers, two
large storage shelves above the closet that were hard to reach, a small
desk with no chair (handy for stashing toiletry items), a night stand
between the beds with three small drawers, individually controlled AC,
individual reading lights by the beds, and a small TV screen and DVD player
which I never used. The bathroom was large, and the full size shower was
great. Unfortunately, there was not much counter space and also not enough
hot water. Since I was usually not one of the first to shower, the water
would start off hot, turn cool, eventually turn hot again, then start
cooling down permanently. This was a pet peeve of mine, as I love hot
water. They recommended that tap water only be used for brushing teeth; we
were given bottles of water the first day that we could refill from large
commercial bottles on the dive deck.

The boat is very noisy, even on the main deck; sleeping during overnight
runs was difficult fo ...
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