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Dive Review of Humbolt Explorer / Tip Top Diving in
Galapagos Islands

September, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Autumn Blum, FL, US (1 report)
"Galapagos Diving - WAY exceeded my expectations!"
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
I've dove throughout the Bahamas, Isla Mujeres, Palau, Maldives, North
Carolina, east coast of FL, and can still say my favorite diving is in the
Florida Keys.
Closest Airport
Getting There
We flew from Miami into Quito.
Overnighted, then morning
flight to the Galapagos. It
was suprisingly smoothe.

Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
70   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
You must dive with the dive guide.  They are all national park guides, but
I promise you will run out of air before they do.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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Nice camera table and guides are quite used to photographers and our
inherant needs... ...
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Shore Diving  
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5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
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3 stars   
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We booked this trip almost two years ago, arranged by Jorge at Tip Top
Diving and Andy from Utila Dive Center. Jorge's colleagues helped plan
every detail, including our flight arrangements, hotel before and after the
liveaboard, airport transfers, land tours, etc. It was all perfect!

I've read alot about the challenging conditions in the Galapagos, and was
honestly a little nervous.  I have about 50 dives with my drysuit, but
didn't feel rock solid with it yet.  (I'm a Florida girl - cold water
diving is below 76. Reading the reports for the Galapagos, I knew it would
be dry suit only for me. I'm glad I did, although with El Nino, water temps
were uncharacteristically warm (76 - 70). I also feel pretty rock solid
going dry now!). 

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By garisisk at Dec 14, 2015 19:31 EST  
Where did you access the boat?
By AutumnB at Dec 20, 2015 08:25 EST  
We joined them on Baltra and disembarked on Isabella.
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