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Dive Review of MV Reina Silvia in
Galapagos Islands/Ecuador

November, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Dean Ulven, Limburg, Belgium
Report Number 2187
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Spain, Cyprus, North Sea, Thailand
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
17   to 27    ° Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 25    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Not much.  You were free to dive your profile but most of us stuck
resonabley close to the guide for fear of missing out on something.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
I booked with Aguatic Encounters (aquatenctr@aol.com).  Marc B did an
excellent job at every stage making sure we were informed and ensuring each
stage of the trip was organized and fun.  The arrival was flawless even
though we had Hurricane Wilma to contend with in Miami.  The MV Reina
Silvia was a great boat and excellent platform from which to dive and
explore the islands, the crew was friendly and efficient and the food was
very good.  The boat was comfortable and clean with plenty of room.  The
beds were very good too with plenty of room to stretch my 6 ft body out. 
The weather was a mixed bag of clouds and sun with just a spot of mist. 
The diving was varied and excellent: some current but nothing raging.  We
saw sierra mackeral, sea lions, tropical fish, pacific mullet and endemic
nudibranches in the inner islands.  At Darwin Island we saw hammerheads in
the hundreds (the guide said thousands but I can't count that high, I had a
public education what can I say), galapagos sharks, black tip reef sharks,
rainbow runners, jack, huge schools of bonito, wahoo, yellow fin tuna,
turtles and dolphin.  I had 7 whale shark encounters in 2 1/2 days, the
photographers had a ball getting their shots.  We had such a good diving at
Darwin we didn't even bother with Wolf island.  All in all it was a perfect
trip.  I'd do it again in a second and wouldn't consdier another boat,
guide or organizer.
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