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Galapagos Islands

February, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Kazacos, NY, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4651
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Second time in Galapagos in two years and is definitely our favorite and we
have been all over the world. Paulo and Scuba Iguana are awesome. Best Dive
Company we have ever used! 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
70   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Safety Test in water before dive for neutral buoncy, removal of mask and
regulator.  max time 60 min.  max 8 divers with 2 dive masters.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
[None]Took a few hundred photos and divemaster Paulo also took several and
provided a disk for $20.00.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
As I said this was our second trip to Galapagos in two years with the same
dive company SCUBA IGUANA and stayed in the highlands again at the Royal
Palm Resort.  The 20 minute taxi ride into center of town cost $ 7.00. We
went to Floreana which was outstanding and also to Seymour.  We wanted to
go to Gordon Rocks where we know there are schools of hammerheads but they
just go there on Sundays.  Every day is a different Island so check with
Scuba Iguana when booking.  We saw tons of sharks, close within 5 feet and
lots of sea lions who wanted to play and show off.  I was wondering if
going to Galapgos would be as magical the second time around and I can say
that it DEFINITELY was!!  We also visited the Darwin Research Center and
played with the giant tortoises. The marine iguanas at Tortuga Bay were
incredible.  Also the Blue Footed Boobis and Frigate Birds and Pelicans and
Sea Lions in town nightly at 6 PM begging the Fisherman for scraps while
cleaning their fish. We have been to Australia a couple times, Canary
Islands, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Bermuda, Caymans, Honduras, and of
course the Keys but there is absolutely NOTHING like the Galapagos Islands.
 We stayed in Santa Cruz and took day trips with Scuba Iguana and Paulo
Tobar who is an awesome divemaster.  I liked the fact that maximum was 8
divers with 2 divemasters.  I don't think I will ever get tired of the
Galapgos Islands.  The amount of marine life on every dive is mind
boggling.  You don't know what to look at first.  If you are more fond of
coral then you better go elsewhere as this is mostly lava rock from the
volcanos.  The local people are very friendly and many of the taxi drivers
are divers....for lobster.  The one thing that is hard to get used to is
when you are in very warm water and then get a current of ice cold even looks different so you can see it coming.  We even saw
penguins.  Next trip will be Floreana again and definitely want to check
out Gordon Rocks.  So many islands, always something new.  Make it a must
place to dive before you dry out your wet suit permanently.  At age 65, I
took up diving 3 years ago, traveled extensively and have 40 dives. 
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