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Dive Review of Wreck Bay Diving Center in
Galapagos Islands

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Halem, CA, USA
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Report Number 4907
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, California, Carribean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
70   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with divemaster (reasonable since we were all in unfamiliar territory)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No facilities on boat, but divemaster and captain were careful and helpful
with camera
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
We were in the Galapagos on the Celebrity Xpedition, a great tour but no
provisions for diving.  They did arrange for the boat from Wreck Bay Diving
Center to come out to Kicker Rock to meet the cruise ship.  We were
transfered from ship to dive boat by Zodiac.  The first dive started as a
wall dive on Kicker Rock, descending to the bottom at about 60 feet and
then swimming through the channel in the rock.  In the channel we saw both
white tip and Galapagos sharks.  There were a few fish, but nothing
particularly exciting.  The surface interval was a pleasant tour around the
rock and a discussion of the topography and geology of the islands.  The
second dive was a direct descent to 60 feet at the North Point of Kicker
Rock and a swim against the current to the very tip.  At that point we
"hid" behind a large boulder to get out of the current and to
watch for what might drift by.  The outstanding sightings were a very large
(500ish) school of barracuda and a small group of hammerhead sharks (5-8). 
It was overall a pretty good dive.  The team from Wreck Bay did their job,
this was probably just not the best place to be diving.  Later in the trip,
I saw more interesting things while snorkeling.  How often do you get to
snorkel with penguins?  Probably the only place in the world where you can
do that.
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