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Dive Review of Sky Dancer in
Galapagos Islands

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by pat mcguire, md, Mo, United States (2 reports)
Report Number 714

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Reporter
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Utila, Grand Turk, San Salvador, Antigua, West Caicos, Provo, Cozumel

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
currents  
Water Temp
65   to 75    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
7
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Diving was from Zodiacs in strong currents.  There were 8-10 divers to each
boat who backrolled together and descended.  We stayed together with the
divemaster as a drift dive  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 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
[None]
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  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The Sky Dancer is a great boat in good shape.  We were on a special
itinerary allowing 4 days at Wolf and Darwin on a 7 day trip.  We did check
out dives in Los Lobos with sea lions and snorkeled with penguins before
making the 12 hour crossing to Wolf Island.  Conditions there were
challenging- heavy currents, surge and cold(65degree)  water temp. The
divemasters used reef hooks- which I would do next time. We hung on the
rocks and watched the superhighway of pelagics pass- hundreds of
hammerheads, mantas, galapagos sharks, eels.  Conditions at Darwin were
better, the water was warmer, but I still used a 7mm  suit, vest and hood. 
The dive site was the same for each of 4 dives per day for the 3 days- the
base of Darwin's arch. We dove from Zodiacs with experienced drivers who
dropped us together with a backroll into the water.  The group of 8-10
divers would descend to the platform to hang on in the current and wait for
the whalesharks.  One dive the zodiac captain dropped us on top of a
whaleshark! If the whaleshrk didn't come after about 10 min. the divemaster
would signal to leave the platform and we drifted with  the current until
we saw one.  In 3 days and 12 dives at Darwin between the 2 Zodiacs there
were 18 sightings, including dives in which we would see 2 whalesharks. 
One dive we saw a large whaleshark during the safety stop @ 15ft.  Also
hundreds of hammerheads- we joked that we had to push the hammerheads out
of the way to see the whalesharks!  The crew was great, the boat was clean
and nice, the food good.  After each the dive the crew would take your gear
to prepare for the next dive, including rinsing and hanging our wetsuits. 
Someone always had warm towels, snacks, and hot chocolate or tea ready as
we came aboard.  There  are some land tours, to see the turtles, sea lions,
bird life. Most days we were offered 4 dives, and one day a night dive was
offered for 5 total, but conditions were not good for night dives- ie
current.  A great trip if you like big animals.  My husband and I have
already signed up to go back June 2004.  This has to be amoung the best
diving in the world!  The crew and 12 other divers on board were great.
This may not be a trip for begining divers because of the current and cool
waters.

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