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Dive Review of Humboldt Explorer in
Galapagos Islands

Humboldt Explorer: "Disappointed", Jan, 2017,

by Hartley B.Wess, NM, US ( 1 report with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9499 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Both my wife & I planned a month long trip to Ecuador spending a significant amount of time in Galapagos and chose to dive with The Humboldt Explorer primarily based upon the reviews I read in Undercurrent.We had previously been on about a half dozen liveaboards most recently the Dewi Nusantara in Raja Ampat several months prior to boarding the Humboldt.We were not expecting the first class operation that was the Dewi,but also not expecting the disappointment associated with our Humboldt experience.From the condition of the ship to the food to the dive guides, even our minimal expectations were not fulfilled.Hardly any of the crew spoke English other than the head dive guide who took ill after the 2nd day. The bartender(busboy)
then had the additional duties of one of the only two dive guides.
While the diving, especially at Darwin and Wolf was as expected and by and large very good, we couldn't help but wonder whether we had stumbled upon a particularly poor crew or there was a significant deterioration in the operation since other reviews.
Bolstering our opinion were some other fellow passengers who had similar opinions.
That being said a trip to the Galapagos should not be missed although if a liveaboard is on the wish list as well I could not recommend the Humboldt Explorer.
We also spent a few weeks traveling the Ecuador countryside and the scenery, food and inhabitants were truly fantastic, so all was not lost.Feel free to contact me for further details.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Australia, Indonesia, Micronesia etc.
Closest Airport Guayaquil Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 65-70°F / 18-21°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 20-35 Ft/ 6-11 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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