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Dive Review of Mistral in
Galapagos Islands

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Carl Bodenstein, WA, United States
Report Number 2863
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
2nd trip to Galapagos.  Caribean locations, Hawaii, Fiji, British Columbia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge, currents  
Water Temp
72   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Asked to dive strick buddy system, hard to do in these conditions.  
Limited dive times and attempted pick up areas, again hard to do in these
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The boat could barely accomodate our gear.  Useless fresh water rinse
"tank" could barely accomodate the smallest of our housings.  Not
enthusiastic to be cautious with gear.  One expensive dome port was
scratched badly.  Small dingies could not hold gear and divers well.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
1 stars    
Sorry, Mistral, this was a bad experience.  There is no way this boat
should accomodate 12 divers despite it's 6 small double cabin
accomodations.  The toilet and sewage system was horrid, and all the cabins
stunk like a cess pool.  The air conditioning was inadequate and could not
be run while the air compressor was being run to fill tanks.  And on a
Galapagos trip, the hope is they will have to fill a lot of tanks.  Only
one tank per diver available and some 6 extras and after adequate surface
intervals tanks were usually still not refilled, interfering with our dive
schedule and costing several dive opportunities to be passed on.  Our
itinery was for several days at Darwin and Wolf, but due to a DCS affected
diver, we returned to Baltra early, and the boat is overly slow and it took
29 hours to get back south despite relatively calm seas.  Our diver's fault
entirely, but also note no dive master in the water the dive with the
injury.  No real pride in the cleanliness of the cabin and there is now way
that 12 divers can sit at the single dinner table for meals.  AV equipment
is of poor quality.  What more can I say. Expensive and long to travel to
Galapagos to have this poor a dive operation.  Sorry for the crew that
tried their best.  This is not worth the savings over other operators. This
diver's opinion at least! 
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