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Dive Review of Scuba Iguana/Casa de Mathias in
Galapagos Islands

October, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Mark A. Magers, CA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
GBR, Saba, Montserrat, Dominica, Caymans, Barbados, USVI, Cuba, Belize,
Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, HI, CA, WA, RI
Closest Airport
Getting There
via Guayaquil (GYE), direct
flights to Balta (GPS); bus to
short ferry from GPS (free),
ferry to Isla Santa Cruz ($1);
bus ($3?) or cab ($18) for 45
min drive to Puerta Ayora from

Dive Conditions

choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
73   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
5 minute checkout for new divers on basic skills on way to first dive;
profiles discussed pre-dive, you are required to stay with DM, though there
were some regulars who seemed to have a lot more freedom; see write-up for
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
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  1 stars
Tropical Fish
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Boat Facilities
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We do not do UWP but several people on boat did; no camera tables
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3 stars   
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We had only a couple of days on our itinerary for The Galapagos, and so
lined up a single day of diving with land-based Scuba Iguana. Our straw
poll of friends and acquaintances who had been there all said these were
the people to go with. We checked in at the shop in the afternoon before
our day of diving, fitted all the gear, checked c-cards, filled out
paperwork, and were ready to go the next morning at about 8 am.

We timed our visit based on SIs general schedule to dive Gordons Rocks,
which we believed to be the one place to go if you could only go to one
place. We were not disappointed. The ride out was about 30+ minutes. We did
(as new divers with the shop) a 5 minute check out dive, in calm water
and sandy bottom, to show we could flood and clear our masks, and remove
and replace our regs underwater. While these are extremely basic skills, we
never complain when an operator is careful. The ones who pay no attention,
and weve all been with a few of those, are a lot scarier than rudimentary
skill checks are annoying.

At the site, the surface swells were several feet. Entry via backward roll
off both sides. They broke us into 2 smaller groups of 4-5. Very soon we
came upon a couple of  ...
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