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Dive Review of Calipso in
Galapagos Islands

Calipso: "Mind blowing experience", Feb, 2022,

by Richard Mertz, SC, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 11860 has 4 Helpful votes.

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Best towel art ever Diving area Hot tub Top deck Dive deck
Briefing area Bar Dining area

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Diving was spectacular and nothing like i have done before. A lot of go down and hang on/sit to watch the show. From Hammerheads galore to a herd of sea Lions playing. Marine iguanas feeding. Huge schools of fish. So many fish that they hid what was on the other side. Topography completely different from site to site.

All crew wore masks. The 16 of us who were diving elected to not wear masks. You had to be vaccinated and tested to enter the Galapagos. Crew sprayed hand sanitizer whenever we got back on the boat from an excursion.

Charging area on dive deck. Emergency drill done on first day on boat. They clearly had their act together.

Food was plentiful and excellent. They accommodated vegetarians and me(I don't eat any plant based food, only animal based)

Crew was absolutely amazing. . Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, fun.

3-4 dives a day depending on transit time between islands. Hot chocolate, hot towel and food after each dive. Crew assisted with gear on and off. Hot showers on dive deck. Diving was from pangas.

I can not recommend Calipso enough. This was a fantastic experience. Several people cried at the last night farewell because it was so good.

This is a new boat and is airy, roomy, and friendly. Dive deck had plenty of room even when all 16 divers water getting ready.

The boat alternates between a week of diving and a week of land based naturalist led hikes/snorkeling. My wife and I did both weeks. Highly recommend the naturalist tour as well.
Websites Calipso   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Belize, Cozumel, Philipines, Bahamas, Florida Keys, Bonaire, Charleston SC, Myrtle Beach SC, Lake Michigan Chicago, Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There Charleston to Miami to Quito to Galapagos

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 55-70°F / 13-21°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 40-75 Ft/ 12-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dove with group of 8. Followed dive master
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 5 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
UW Photo Comments [None]
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