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Dive Review of Silberstein Dive operation in
Galapagos Islands

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Pat Zimmerman, OR, USA
Report Number 3930
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Great Barrier Reef; Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy, rainy  
Seas
surge, currents  
Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
10   to 20    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Had to stay with 5 person group; no buddy system  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
1 stars
Food
1 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
Daytrips to North Seymore with a really bad divemaster.  He brought his
girlfriend along; made us wait with the taxis back to Puerto Ayora while he
shopped and ate.  Little concern for novice diver (me); he annoyed a
whitetip shark hiding in a cave to the point that the shark fled. Strong
currents required that we hang onto rock outcroppings, damaging the scant
flora.
If you want to see sharks, this is the place - saw around 20 Hammerheads
and many whitetips.  But cold water and poor visibility make it an
unrewarding trip.  No coral, few fish.  Others report that they saw at
least as much by snorkeling off of a liveaboard in the outer islands.     
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