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Dive Review of Humboldt Explorer in
Galapagos Islands

Humboldt Explorer: "Humboldt Explorer trip Jan. 13-20, 2020", Jan, 2020,

by Richard J Lunsford Jr, KY, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 11412.

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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 The Humboldt Explorer was well-regarded in reviews as a mid.-range value option for a week-long Galapagos trip focusing heavily on diving Wolf and Darwin (technically nearby Darwin's Arch) Islands. The boat layout will be familiar with people who've dove a number of other live-aboards; main deck has dive deck at rear, in front of that salon/dining area, most rooms below deck, and the top deck has loungers and hot tub. Crew were friendly and helpful; they do the operation proud. There was a limited wireless network; I could use WhatsApp, my iPhone's Apple messenger app., and get 'Notifications' (which let me know a fraudulent transaction was put on my credit card; texted my wife to take action) - but no e-mail, web browsing or other con ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire (> 150 dives), Cozumel (28 dives), Key Largo (20 dives), Jupiter, Fl (17 dives), Belize via live-aboard (26 dives), Caymans via live-aboard (25 dives), Turks & Caicos via live-aboard (27 dive), St. Croix (17 dives), North Carolina (9 dives), California Channel Islands (24 dives), a few more.
Closest Airport San Cristobal Getting There Flew from Nashville, TN to Miami, to Guayaquil (Ecuador), did nearby Holiday Inn Guayaquil one night, to San Cristobal, spent night at Casa Opuntia near waterfront, boarded boat next day

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas
Water Temp 69-77°F / 21-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-30 Ft/ 6-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions No solo, most dives aimed for 50-min. max, 30 meter depth limit, buddy required (not rigidly enforced; in practice, we dove as a guide-led group). Some dives planned shorter due to schedule constraints. We didn't do any night dives this trip.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
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 There was a decent-sized camera table; no one was using big SLR rigs on our trip. Crew took cameras from panga and put in dedicated rinse tank after dives. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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