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Dive Review of MV Lammer Law in
Galapagos Islands

MV Lammer Law, Jul, 2006,

by Michael Marmesh, FL, United States (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 2628.

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

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas currents
Water Temp 64 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 5 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Guided dives necessary due to current and drift.
Night dive in protected cove on Wolf was the only unguided dive.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 ladder.

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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