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Dive Review of Deep Blue in
Galapagos Islands

Deep Blue, Jun, 2006,

by LeRoy Anderson, UT, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 2557.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cocos Island, Malpelo Island, Hawaii, Palau, Yap, Cozumel, Florida Keys, British Columbia, California, Caymans, Cozumel, Washington Coast, Papua New Guinea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 65 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Only self imposed.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments See overall comments.

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
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The trip exceeded all my expectations. I thought nothing would be ever as good as the Cocos Island trip last year. I was wrong. Overall I would rate the diving every bit as good as Cocos, and everything else at least as good or better than Cocos. High praise considering the really excellent quality of the crew on Sea Hunter at Cocos. But the crew on Deep Blue was every bit as competent, and they went the extra mile. It was obvious our enjoyment was their agenda. One example: One spectacular dive on Wolf Island, I was running short of air, as I always do, earlier than everyone else. We were just about to enter a cavern system and I did not want to do this with 750 psi in my tank. I showed my guage to our diveguide Antonio, who then personally guided me through the caverns in a somewhat quicker fashion, knowing I would have plenty of air to do this, and I got to see everything. Salome, the other guide, was equally helpful and solicitous on many dives. Regarding the rest of the nonguide crew, Alfredo (another customer) and I both had birthdays on June 30, the crew had a big birthday party for us, the chef baked a cake for us both, one of the other guests gave us disk copies of their fotos, James from the shark diving company who was running the trip gave me a cap. The crew was always respectful, never demeaning, and beyond this just alot of fun. Regarding fellow divers, a really rowdy and fun bunch of very emotionally expressive divers from Venezuela (i.e. laughing, hugging, high fives, crying, etc. after our great whale shark encounters, etc.) Also a super dive buddy did not detract! Gourmet food for every meal, warm towels after every dive, large hot showers for every cabin with plenty of fresh hot water rounded out the excellent physical support on this boat. Nitrox, four dives a day, liberal restrictions for advanced divers, and a great camera table. And of course, the phenomenal diving with hammerheads, whitetips, galapagos sharks, eagle rays, a manta ray, a school of golden rays, turtles, tons of morays, seals, batfish, clouds of smaller fish, jacks, and three different whaleshark sightings. I'd say I have very little to complain about. Overall one of my best dive trips ever. My only criticism? They do not take credit cards for their tips, but I was lucky to have my buddy lend me the money for this, later reimbursing him via a visit to an Equadoran Bank. Overall, I would not hesitate to return and recommend this destination and this operation most highly. Ken at Galapagosadventures.com set everything up very professionally for me.
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