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Dive Review of Sky Dancer in
Galapagos Islands

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Rosenfeld, CA, USA (4 reports)
Report Number 3759

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Reporter
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy  
Seas
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
64   to 74    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
7
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 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
Large table for cameras, charging station, rinse bucket
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was my second trip to the Galapagos.  I was there approximatley 10
years ago.  The trips fill up fast and I had to book this trip a year in
advance.  I went on Peter Hughes boat the Sky Dancer.  This was the last of
the 10 day trips unless they change the rules.  The boat is well
maintained.  If there was a problem or you had a request they would handle
it immediately.  This was the hardest working crew I have ever been around.
 When ever we were leaving for a dive or returning from a dive, all hands
were on deck to assist the divers.  We dove from 2 zodiacs and were
required to suit up in full gear and than board the zodiacs.  We all had
7mm suits and were glad we did.  There are no ladders on the zodiacs so you
hand your weights and tanks to the driver and than make like a seal and
reboard the boat.  The meals were all hot and served inside.  Beer and wine
was included in the evening meal.
The 10 day trip allowed you to dive 2 days at wolf and 4 days at Darwin
where the big action takes place.  From all I read December was to late to
see the Whale Sharks.  Sometimes its better to be lucky than good.  The
currents had not changed and the whale sharks were still there.  On the 4
days at Darwin we did 16 dives.  We saw whale sharks on 15 dives, with most
dives having multiple sightings. There were also schools of hammerhead
sharks, eagle rays and turtles. If your going to make this trip make sure
you come into Equator at least 2 days prior to the boat trip.  From Los
Angleles it took 4 flights to get to the Galapagos.  Three of my flights
had some type of delay.  One lady on our trip tried to fly from New York
and did not come in early.  Her flight was delayed and she missed the trip.
 
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