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Dive Review of DivEncounters/Galapagos Sky in
Galapagos Islands

DivEncounters/Galapagos Sky: "Galapagos Sky 2018", Jan, 2018,

by Mario Mizrahi, Mexico, MX (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 17 Helpful votes). Report 10119 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I chartered (and stayed) 2 back to back cruises for a total of 32 divers. The first was Jan 21-28 and the 2nd, Jan 28- Feb 4, 2018.
This is the 2nd time I use this liveaboard (previous was 7 years ago). The ship is clean and well maintained. Cabins are spacious enough and have room for all your stuff. Service was outstanding with a crew thatís constantly helping you dress, take off your wetsuit, give you hot chocolate or tea, snacks, etc. Andres the Captain acted as one more member of the crew and even accompanied us on some dives, helping weaker divers negotiate currents. Food was very good and abundant so everyone was happy.
Diving is world class and we had the chance to see lots of Schooling Hammerheads, Galapagos, Blacktip, Whitetip and Silky Sharks. There were also Dolphins, Pilot Whales, Mobulas, Spotted Eagle Rays, Golden Cowrays, Grey Stingrays, Octopuses, Barracudas, California Sea Lions, Fur Sea Lions, Penguins, Marine Iguanas, Spotted Moray Eels, Yellowfin Tuna, Bonito Tuna, Schools of Jacks, many Turtles, Scorpionfishes, Corals releasing Sperm, Flounders, Garden Eels.
There were dives in a very cold spot (15°C) called Punta Vicente Roca, where we saw some Galapagos Bullhead (Port Jackson Shark) and Mola Molas. On another place near Pinzon Island called Roca Boba we saw Red Lipped Batfishes, Snake Eels, a school of Salemas and a big Yellow Seahorse.
To me, Galapagos ranks among the 5 best places to dive worldwide, but it is a place mostly for advanced divers because you can encounter poor visibility, strong currents and big animals. A 5 to 7 mm wetsuit is a must as the very cold Hudson and Cromwell currents wash this area.
Websites DivEncounters   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cocos, Galapagos, Tahiti, Komodo, Cozumel, Socorro, Guadalupe, Sardine Run in South Africa, Sea of Cortes, Roatan, Bahamas, PNG, Raja Ampat, Wakatobi, etc.
Closest Airport San Cristobal Getting There From Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas currents
Water Temp 15-27°C / 59-81°F Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 5-20 M / 16-66 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 110 feet, 60 minutes max
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales > 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Very poor facilities for photographers. The camera table doubles as storage for weights, cofee, tools and land visit vests. Limited space for camera equipment such as lenses and other complements.
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