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Dive Review of MV Reina Silvia in
Galapagos Islands/Ecuador

MV Reina Silvia, Nov, 2005,

by Dean Ulven, Limburg, Belgium . Report 2187.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Spain, Cyprus, North Sea, Thailand
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 17 to 27 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 25 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Not much. You were free to dive your profile but most of us stuck resonabley close to the guide for fear of missing out on something.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 5 stars
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]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I booked with Aguatic Encounters (aquatenctr@aol.com). Marc B did an excellent job at every stage making sure we were informed and ensuring each stage of the trip was organized and fun. The arrival was flawless even though we had Hurricane Wilma to contend with in Miami. The MV Reina Silvia was a great boat and excellent platform from which to dive and explore the islands, the crew was friendly and efficient and the food was very good. The boat was comfortable and clean with plenty of room. The beds were very good too with plenty of room to stretch my 6 ft body out. The weather was a mixed bag of clouds and sun with just a spot of mist. The diving was varied and excellent: some current but nothing raging. We saw sierra mackeral, sea lions, tropical fish, pacific mullet and endemic nudibranches in the inner islands. At Darwin Island we saw hammerheads in the hundreds (the guide said thousands but I can't count that high, I had a public education what can I say), galapagos sharks, black tip reef sharks, rainbow runners, jack, huge schools of bonito, wahoo, yellow fin tuna, turtles and dolphin. I had 7 whale shark encounters in 2 1/2 days, the photographers had a ball getting their shots. We had such a good diving at Darwin we didn't even bother with Wolf island. All in all it was a perfect trip. I'd do it again in a second and wouldn't consdier another boat, guide or organizer.
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