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Dive Review of Peter Hughes -- Sky Dancer/Galapagos Sky in
Galapagos Islands

Peter Hughes -- Sky Dancer/Galapagos Sky: "Thrilling Dives In the Galapagos", Oct, 2016,

by Jacob Rosenstein, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9189 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I received Galapagos Sky's "handbook" on SCUBA diving in the Galapagos prior to leaving for my trip. It was a realistic assessment of the pleasures and risks, e.g., currents in the northern islands of Wolf and Darwin, which is where the big animal action was. And there was a lot of big animal action-Scalloped Hammerheads, Whale Shark, Dolphin, Galapagos Shark, White tip Shark, Silky Shark, Mola Mola, Spotted Eagle rays, Pacific Green Turtles, Yellowfin tuna, and loads of schooling fish above and below. There were lots of tropical fish, such as Guineafowl puffer, Razor surgeonfish, triggerfish, filefish, Hieroglyphic hawkfish, as well as Moray eel along the way to the area where we stopped to watch the Hammerheads at Wolf and Darwin Islands. The marine life on other islands was also exceptional. I saw the Red lipped batfish on several dives on Isla Lobos and Pinzon; Green turtles, Marbled ray, Barracuda, Scorpionfish, and White tip shark on Cousin's Island. I also dove with Marine iguanas at Fernandina island.

It was a great experience to dive these islands, like a thrill ride you must do when you're in an amusement park. The Dive Master, Natasha was great in finding marine life and keeping us safe. The pre dive briefings were informative. We were supplied with special radios to be used on the surface in case we drifted away. Fortunately nobody disappeared. The standard cabin was small, but that's life on a live aboard. Meals were delicious and varied, with a different menu on each day. Dinners were sit down and waiter served. The kitchen staff was eager to attend to special requests.
Websites Peter Hughes -- Sky Dancer   Galapagos Sky

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Fiji, Indonesia, Palau, Red Sea, California Channel Islands, Cuba
Closest Airport San Cristobal Getting There I flew San Francisco to Miami, then Miami to Guayaquil,Ecuador. There's a domestic flight to San Cristobal, Galapagos. The Galapagos Sky/Ecoventura folks were at the airport helping with check-in and luggage; they were terrific.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 63-74°F / 17-23°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions max depth 100 feet. We dove in 2 groups and stayed with the Dive Master.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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