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Dive Review of Humboldt Explorer in
Galapagos Islands

August, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Mr Jeffrey Zankel, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 5806
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Truk,Soccoro,Cocos,Hawaii,Bonaire,key Largo,Baja, Ibiza, Bahamas, Channel
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
63   to 71    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
 stay with group/divemasters  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera rinse barrels and large camera table with shelves available on dive
deck.Crew was very good about handling Cameras to and from the Pongas and
in & out of the water.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
  My scheduled Galapagos Operator cancelled my trip. I picked this boat up
at the last minute from Beckersphere who knew of one available spot. I knew
nothing about this boat before the trip and there were no reviews to be
found for the Humboldt Explorer. When I got on board I found out the
reason. The Boat was brand spanking new as of August 2010. I was on the
third trip out.
The boat was built for Galapagos diving and has a large split level dive
deck. Everyone gets two tank slots with good storage under the seats. Wet
suits are hung on two big racks right on the dive deck with room for all.
Although you wear your tank on to the Pangas it is an easy walk on and the
crew will carry tanks for those who can't. There are two pongas and one
divemaster on each. I was concerned about the guides but they turned out to
be Macarron and Jaime two very experienced and well known local
divemaster/naturalists. We motored up to Darwin's Arch and split into two
groups. We stayed with the divemasters and they found us 6 whale sharks and
a couple of dozen sightings of schools of hammerheads. At wolf island we
had a dozen manta sightings and even an Orca on its way to attack the
hammers. Galapagos sharks were also on the prowl. Turtles were in good
supply as were large schools of Jacks, shoals of creole fish and a host of
small fry such as surgeon fish and butterflyfish. A pod of Orcas and Dozens
of Dolphins played on the surface at Wolf. This was an August trip and the
Cold Humboldt current brings the nutrients up from the Antartic so the
water temps are 63 in San Cristobal and 71 up north in Darwin. The air temp
is about the same! But that's why the Whale Sharks come in.
The chef made every meal a gourmet delight which everyone looked forward to
with great relish and the only downside was the diet we would all require
to get our figures back. There was an open Bar. The boat being brand new,
the cabins were in great shape , each with a full bathroom. The entire
upper deck is a 80' long wooden sun deck with a hot tub.
The crew was very attentive and we even got a Naturalist land
tour,including the famous turtles. The only issue I had with this trip was
that it was so good I will now have to go back and dive on Humboldt
Explorer again.
Post script. The boat leaves from San Cristobal and I arrived a day early
to dive Kicker Rock. Well worth it to see the Galapagos sharks and a host
of others.  Beware, the dive operators often put you on a
snorkel/sightseeing boat,which mine was, which means families with babies
etc. Make sure your on a 'divers only' boat if you can.
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