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Dive Review of Academy Bay in
Galapagos Islands

Academy Bay : "Good land based diving", Jun, 2015,

by Donald Greenberg, AK, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8323 has 2 Helpful votes.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Academy Bay has a fixed schedule of dive locations each day. In 6 days of diving we went to 5 different islands. Gordon rocks was the only repeat dive site. Travel times typically 1 hour or more. [One day 3 hours] Two dives per day with snacks of fruit, chips and cookies during surface interval and full hot lunch after second dive. Leave 7 AM and return between 2:30 and 4:30 PM daily. There were sharks (5 different kinds) and turtles on nearly every dive. Lots of fish on every dive - many in large schools. Back roll entry into water and remove gear in water and climb solid ladder on return. Crew assists donning gear and then taking it off in the water on return. Generally the water temperature is too cold to support a significant number of corals. We had exceptionally warm water, though there were some thermoclines. We saw 4 kinds of rays during the week.
Websites Academy Bay   [same]

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Hawaii, Australia, Guam, Thailand, Western Samoa, Alaska, Vancouver Island, Mexico
Closest Airport Baltra Getting There Make connection in Guayaquil. American Airlines' flight delay caused an extra day travel.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 75-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dives restricted to 50 minutes, 90 feet depth, stay with dive master.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No specific accommodation for cameras, but crew handled cameras with care.
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