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Dive Review of Galapagos Shark Diving/Ship: Pinguino Explorer in
Galapagos Islands/7 locations including Darwin

Galapagos Shark Diving/Ship: Pinguino Explorer: "Incredible experience, two years in a row.", Sep, 2021,

by Gene Swacker, TN, US ( 2 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 11820 has 4 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 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 Galapagos had been on my diving bucket list for many years and Iíve now gone there two years in a row. In 2020, the country and the islands had just reopened from the covid mess. I went there with extremely high expectations in 2020, and slightly less expectations in 2021. The lesser expectations were because 2020 was so spectacular, I thought there was no way it could be matched, much less better. I was wrong. It was indeed better the second time.

Galapagos Shark Diving is a small organization that has been researching whale sharks since 2010. As a result, their approach is quite different from the regular liveaboards in Galapagos. They are probably the best Iíve ever experienced at plan ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Galapagos Shark Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Maldives, Fiji, Fr. Polynesia, Australia, Red Sea, Cocos Island
Closest Airport GPS - Baltra Getting There Fly to Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador. From there, fly to Seymour Airport (GPS) on Baltra Island via the regional airlines, either Latam or Avianca.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 59-75°F / 15-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 25-75 Ft/ 8-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Safety stops on all dives. No deco or solo diving, with max 130 ft. Dive insurance and computer required. SMB and electronic beacon required and provided. DiveAlert recommended and a few were available.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars 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 Separate and large dunk tank for cameras. Camera table in the center of the dive prep area. Lots of charging stations. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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