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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures in
Galapagos Islands

Explorer Ventures, Sep, 2014,

by Jeanne Downey, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 42 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 7758 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caribbean, Cocos, Truk, Malaysia, Indonesia, Guadalupe, Socorro, Fiji, Palau, Maldives, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 62 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Nitrox depth, 55 minutes including safety stop. No deco diving.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Cameras in bow on pangas. Large rinse tank on mother boat. Camera table crowded if several large cameras; also used for other things. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
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Comments A group of nine adventurous divers headed for the Galapagos Islands to spend 10 days aboard the Humboldt Explorer, hoping to see whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, and much more. Our desires were mostly fulfilled.

The Humboldt Explorer, part of the Explorer Ventures fleet, comfortably houses 16 divers and almost as many staff. There are 8 guest cabins, all with ensuites and no bunk beds. Some of the cabins can be configured with either one or two beds. Two cabins are on the main deck and the rest are below. My cabin had two beds, a small, short closet with two drawers, two large storage shelves above the closet that were hard to reach, a small desk with no chair (handy for stashing toiletry items), a night stand between the beds with three small drawers, individually controlled AC, individual reading lights by the beds, and a small TV screen and DVD player which I never used. The bathroom was large, and the full size shower was great. Unfortunately, there was not much counter space and also not enough hot water. Since I was usually not one of the first to shower, the water would start off hot, turn cool, eventually turn hot again, then start cooling down permanently. This was a pet peeve of mine, as I love hot water. They recommended that tap water only be used for brushing teeth; we were given bottles of water the first day that we could refill from large commercial bottles on the dive deck.

The boat is very noisy, even on the main deck; sleeping during overnight runs was difficult fo ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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