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Dive Review of Galapagos Master in
Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Master: "Very Good Diving Despite Catching Covid", Feb, 2022,

by David Marchese, PA, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 25 Helpful votes). Report 11863 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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 1 stars
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Comments This was our 3rd Galapagos liveaboard trip, but the first outside of "whale shark season." We were hoping to see more hammerheads, more manta, and have better visibility. We figured that seeing all that would make up for the lack of whale sharks. December through June is also supposed to be the warmer-wetter season. In our 15 days there (5 on a nature cruise and 10 on the Galapagos Master), we didn't have one day of rain, and the water was colder than it was on our prior visits (August and November).

While this trip was excellent, it was similar to our other trips except that we didn't see any whale sharks this time. We saw many hammerheads, but no more than we did previously. Also, the visibility was no better, and we didn't see any manta. Therefore, we didn't ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Bay Islands, Bahamas, Fiji, Saba, Maldives, California, Revillagigedo, Cozumel, Midway, Kona, Galapagos, Panama, Palau, Tahiti, Cocos, Malpelo, Tonga, PNG, Komodo, Sulawesi, Holbox, Solomon Islands, Belize, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Wakitobi, Alor, Marquesas, GBR
Closest Airport Quito Getting There Overnight in Quito or Guayaquil then to Galapagos

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 58-78°F / 14-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 25-50 Ft/ 8-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions The dive Masters were very strict about staying in your group and with a guide. Dives were limited to 50 minutes.
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 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There was lots to photograph, but the low viz, appreciable currents, and shy animals made it challenging. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By Ellen Marie Smith in MN, US at Apr 01, 2022 13:23 EST  
Hi - glad you had a great trip despite COVID. Did you book thru and agency or directly with Galapagos Master? Thank you.
By report author: David Marchese in PA, US at Apr 03, 2022 12:31 EST  
Hi, We booked through Equator Diving: equatordiving.com We've used them for our last 10 or so trips. They treat us well.
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