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Dive Review of Peter Hughes-Sky Dancer/Sky Dancer in
Galapagos Islands

Peter Hughes-Sky Dancer/Sky Dancer, Dec, 2005,

by Brent U., Ontario, Canada (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 2244.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Ontario, Cozumel, Bahamas, Grand Turk, Costa Rica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 63 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 500 psi or 1 hour
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Overall the Galapagos is a great dive location. The diving in the cental islands was good with encounters with sea lions, Manta and Mobula rays, eagle rays and some white tip reef sharks. The water however can be quite cold with temperatures between 63 and 68 degrees. This is not a problem as long as you are prepared for it.

We spent the first two days in the central islands and then headed to Wolf and Darwin Islands about 17 hours to the north. We did a total of 12 dives over three days in the northern Islands. The diving at these two islands is incredible. At Wolf we saw groups of Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, dolphins and lots of free swimming Moray eels. The currents at Wolf were very strong and the dives consisted of heading down to the rocks and holding on while watching the sea life swim by. The water at the northern islands ranged between 75 and 77 degrees. After Wolf we moved to Darwin Island and the diving was even better there. All the diving takes place at one site and we did a total of 6 dives here. The dive routine was to head down to rocks and watch the wildlife go by and then head out into the blue if the action slowed down on the wall. We saw schools of hammerheads, a few galapagos sharks, silky sharks, dolphins, turltles, 4 whale sharks and my personal favourite a Tiger shark. The currents here were not as strong as at Wolf but were still moderately strong.

I had no problems with the boat, everyhting was clean and seemed to work fine. The crew was great and always ready to help with such things as helping you into the pangas and helping take off your wetsuit. There was always a snack of some kind after the dives as well as a warm shower and towels. The food was good, however I ate lightly most of the time due to mild sea sickness during transit to and from the different islands. The land tours were also good and a nice change of pace from all the diving.

I would recommend that you learn a little spanish before you come here as alot of the crew only spoke Spanish. The dive masters and the boat captain all spoke good Engilsh. As well in Quito almost nobody spoke english and again knowing some Spanish would have been helpful.


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