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

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Brent U., Ontario, Canada
Reviewer (2 reports)

Report Number 2244
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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