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Dive Review of SKY DANCER in
Galapagos Islands

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by TOM, NJ, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 4969
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
WORLDWIDE
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
72   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
NONE...MOST DIVING AT 75-60 FEET  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
5 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
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
SEPARATE RINSE TANK PROVIDED. AMPLE TABLE WORKING SPACE, COMPRESSED AIR AND
RECHARGING STATIONS
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
THIS IS "THE" PLACE FOR LARGE PELAGIC ACTION!! 18 SEPARATE
ENCOUNTERS WITH WHALE SHARK, MOST IN THE 50 FOOT+ RANGE...LITERALLY
"EYEBALL-TO-EYEBALL!!" ON ONE DIVE OFF DARWIN ISLAND, (THE ONLY
SITE WHERE WHALE SHARKS WERE SIGHTED), IN A SPAN OF ABOUT 30 MINUTES, IN
"THE BLUE" AT 30 FOOT OF WATER, WE HAD MULTIPLE WHALE SHARK
ENCOUNTERS... SCHOOLS OF HAMMERHEADS SURROUNDED US AND AS THEY SWAM OFF, A
GIANT SCHOOL OF 100'S OF SILKY SHARK PARADED BEFORE US. IN THEIR MIDST, A
POD OF DOLPHIN SWAM IN AND CHIRPED AWAY AT US, ALMOST AS IF THEY WERE
CONCERNED FOR OUR SAFETY! BEFORE SURFACING, WE CAME UPON A PACIFIC GREEN
TURTLE HAVING ITS SHELL CLEANED BY A SCHOOL OF STEEL POMPANO, SOMETHING
I'VE ONLY SEEN ONCE BEFORE AT COCOS ISLAND.

THROW IN SCHOOLS OF JACK AND BARRACUDA, SEA LIONS AND EVEN SNORKELING WITH
PENGUINS!! WE ALSO SPOTTED ON THE SURFACE A KILLER WHALE HUNTING SEA LION
OFF GORDON ROCK!

ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER OF DIVES (17, NO NIGHT DIVING ALLOWED) IS LOW FOR A
LIVEABOARD, THE QUALITY MAKES UP FOR THE QUANTITY, AND THE LAND TOURS THAT
LIMIT THE NUMBER OF DIVES WERE WELL WORTH THE TRADE-OFF.

SKY DANCER IS A WELL LAID OUT VESSEL. DIVING PANGAS (ZODIACS) DON'T HAVE
DIVE LADDERS...TRY TO BE IN REASONABLE SHAPE OR FACE EMBARRASSMENT BEING
UNCEREMONIOUSLY DRAGGED BACK INTO THEM POST DIVE! CREW WERE FANTASTIC, FOOD
WAS A BIT BLAND AND REPETITIVE, BUT PLENTIFUL.

IF YOU'RE DEBATING BETWEEN COCOS AND GALAPGOS, HAVING BEEN TO BOTH WITHIN A
7 MONTH SPAN, I WOULD OPT FOR GALAPAGOS, HANDS DOWN! 
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