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

Humbolt Explorer / Tip Top Diving: "Galapagos Diving - WAY exceeded my expectations!", Sep, 2015,

by Autumn Blum, FL, US ( 1 report). Report 8452.

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

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 70 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments 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 Gari Sisk in AK, US at Dec 14, 2015 19:31 EST  
Where did you access the boat?
By Autumn Blum in FL, US at Dec 20, 2015 08:25 EST  
We joined them on Baltra and disembarked on Isabella.
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