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Dive Review of Buddy Dive in
Galapagos Islands

Buddy Dive, Jan, 2013,

by Stephen Kouri, WA, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 6855.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Diving in the Galapagos (G) is all about large marine life drawn by the nutrient rich currents. Smaller marine life is abundant, but the big stuff is so amazing that it is the primary focus for most divers.

We are tropical divers and found the water to be cold, mostly 65 to 72 with one spot down to 57. That said, the coldest dives were the best (MOLA MOLA cleaning station!).

Most dives were done as a group (8 on our boat), beginning around 30-40 ft then moving deeper to anchor against the current and look for schooling sharks, rays, barracuda, tuna, etc etc etc. Sometimes we would move to a better spot and then end the dive as a drift dive.

We found the currents heavy and unpredictable. This isn't a good spot for new divers.

The bottom line is that this is best diving we have ever done. We saw an amazing amount of sharks and had wonderful close up experiences with Mola Molas, sea lions/fur seals, rays, eels, sea horses, batfish and too many other wonderful critters to name.

The Boat is new and spacious. Our cabin on the upper deck was nicer than our Guayaquil hotel room, and had more closets and and drawers than we could use. Like many boats it has random issues with plumbing and air conditioning. We found the dive deck a little crowded, but staggering the panga departures might have solved this problem.

The most irritating restrictions on diving (3 dives a day, no night diving and no land excursions from the dive boats) are forced upon these guys by the Ecuadoran Parks department.

The crew on this boat is amazing. Special praise to the chef Alfredo: not only was the food outstanding (lobster dinner!), but he helped out on the dive deck AND made the worlds best hot chocolate for each and every dive.

Websites Buddy Dive   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Hawaii and Indonesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 57-74°F / 14-23°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Limited to 60 minutes or 700 psi as per park regulations
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 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
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