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Dive Review of Deep Blue in
Galapagos Islands

Deep Blue, Aug, 2006,

by Jason Pellegatto, Ma, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 2771.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cocos Island, Costa Rica, Fl Keys, Cozumel, Bonaire, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas surge
Water Temp 70 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No Depth limits. Dive times were limited to 50 minutes. Divers are provided with air horns, safety tubes, and EPIRBS.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There are 2 tables for setting up cameras. Compressed air is available. Leave you camera on the table, get into panga, and a member of the crew will hand it to you so that you don't have to climb into panga with it. The downside is that at the end of the dive, there isn't a secure spot on the panga, and there is risk that other divers could bang into camera gear while climbing into panga.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 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 Sometimes you have diving so good that it's even better than the brochure. This was that time. I made 7 of the 8 dives offered at Darwin's Arch and saw 17 whalesharks that came so close I had to move out of their way. I also saw 5-10 galapagos sharks and 200 hammerheads on EVERY dive. Large Pods of Dolphins on half of the dives. There was so much that I didn't even know where to look. All this with mild currents and mild surge. I can honestly say that I saw more in 1 dive in the Galapagos than I saw in my previous 200 dives combined. A dive trip there is highly recommended. I booked this trip independantly through Galapagos Adventures. They are responsive to emails and questions. All of my paperwork was handled properly and everything went smootly from airport pick ups, transfers, etc. The boat, Deep Blue, was a comfortable live aboard to spend a week on. It has large, covered decks outside, a large interior room with benches and tv/dvd player. Plenty of space and you never feel crowded. The crew was very friendly and worked hard for the guests. The cabins have 2 separate beds (not bunk beds) and plenty of space for storage. Each cabin has it's own full size toilet and separate shower with plenty of hot water. The rooms were cleaned, fresh towels were provided, and the beds were made daily. The food was hot, plentiful, and varied with plenty of beef, port, chicken, shrimp, and fish. The food was much better than I had had on a previous Aggressor livaboard. After all dives, hot towels, hot chocolate, and fresh baked cakes were served. I was very happy with this boat, and I would take it again if I return to the Galapagos.
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