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Dive Review of REINA SILVIA in
Galapagos Islands

October, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by GINO DUBAY, TN, USA
Report Number 2285
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Turks&Caicos,St Thomas,Belieze,Little Cayman,Palau,Truk,Wakatobi,Papua
New Guinea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
68   to 74    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Don't touch the Whale sharks  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
Everything you have ever read in Undercurrent or any other dive publication
regarding the Galapagos Islands is;...Understated. Just GO!    Trips such
as this are becoming pricey to say the least. We all want the most
"Bang-for-the-Buck" possible. The choice destination of
Darwin/Wolf Islands, should be that,...Maybe not. Ever been at a fabious
dive area & have a BAD experience due to boat,crew,food,DMs or
shipmates?...Me Too. Well I have learned to trust Aquatic Encounters(Marc
Bernardi) for my bookings when I can.  They book the best boat,Reina
Siliva, which has the very best DM,Victor Mendina,for starters.  This is my
4th major adventure w/Mark and he has the uncanny ability(luck?)of finding
strangers & friends to put together a boatload of
funloving,serious,responsible,interesting divers who can't wait for their
next trip together.This was Bernardi's 54th tour group to the
Galapagos,...the experience shows everywhere.  Victor Mendina is a
certified DM & naturialist,expert photo pro,and someone I am proud to
have met.  This man can SMELL Whale Sharks! Our group encountered(not saw)
9 WSs during the 2 1/2 days allowed for us to anchor at Darwin.  Not to
count the Hundreds of Hammer Heads per dive (so many,so often, they became
a nussence!) Then 10's of seals,morays, turtles,...all really BIG too. All
this is of course in addition to land trips to observe Sea Lions within
reach,Boobies, Giant tortous. This is a special place,...we divers are
fortunate to experience it,...and lucky it will be preserved for those who
follow us.   A  PS;   Shortly before the publishing "cut-off"
date, I took a Silver Banks whale trip.   If you book 1 of the 2 trips
Aquatic Encounters(Aquatenctr@aol.com) plans each year, your experence with
"The OGRE"(who shall remain nameless)encountered there, will be
much more enjoyable. 
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