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Dive Review of MV Lammer Law in
Galapagos Islands

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Marmesh, FL, United States
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 2628
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Costa Rica, Grenada, Bonaire, Curacao, Honduras, Cayman Islands,
Virgin Islands, Saba, Turks and Caicos, Dominica, St. Kitts, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
64   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Guided dives necessary due to current and drift.
Night dive in protected cove on Wolf was the only unguided dive.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
Our three days at Wolf and Darwin were excellent, however only guide and
one member of the group saw a whale shark. Lots of scalloped hammerheads.
Pod of over a hundred dolphins. Surfaced to orca and calf swimming off in
the blue. Weather conditions allowed us to make 8 dives on Darwin. Turtles
everywhere. Playful, curious sea lions found us at several of the other
islands and even harrassed a white-tipped shark on east side of Floreana.
Saw one penguin in the rocks at Punta Roca. Large schools of fish at
multiple sites including: chub, barracuda and snapper. A thirty-foot bait
ball of selema blocked out the sunlight at Cousin's Rock. Saw a mola mola
with a four foot vertical diameter. 

Our group was multi-national and included 4 Israelis, 4 Kiwis, and several
Americans. This made for interesting conversations and discussions of
world-wide dive sites.

Accommodations were excellent. The 8 guest cabins were spacious for a
liveaboard. Meals were served buffet style on covered aft deck. Tables were
set with tablecloths for every meal. We had fresh fruit and vegetables
throughout the 10 day trip. We tasted a wide variety of local foods.

Our naturalist/dive guide was very knowledgeable about subjects above and
below the water. Land tours were worthwhile.

One problem we had was that my wife and I, as well as other divers, were
promised Nitrox when we made our reservations. However Nitrox was not
available when we came aboard. No explanations were given although we saw
Nitrox labeled tanks.

Another inconvenience is that the dive deck doubles as the dining area.
Storage for dive gear was limited and it was difficult to access equipment
between dives.

Bathrooms contained marine heads.

The trimaran crosses large expanses of open Pacific and guests should be
prepared for possible seasickness.

Divers need to be able to handle strong currents and cold water diving from
inflatable pangas. Re entry is more difficult than on a regular dive

Crew was excellent and helpful. They compensated well for panga that
ruptured bladder on next to last day. We would go back in an instant.
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