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Dive Review of REINA SILVIA in
Galapagos Islands

REINA SILVIA, Oct, 2005,

by GINO DUBAY, TN, USA . Report 2285.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Turks&Caicos, St Thomas, Belieze, Little Cayman, Palau, Truk, Wakatobi, Papua New Guinea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 68 to 74 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Don't touch the Whale sharks
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 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 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Everything you have ever read in Undercurrent or any other dive publication regarding the Galapagos Islands is;...Understated. Just GO! Trips such as this are becoming pricey to say the least. We all want the most "Bang-for-the-Buck" possible. The choice destination of Darwin/Wolf Islands, should be that,...Maybe not. Ever been at a fabious dive area & have a BAD experience due to boat,crew,food,DMs or shipmates?...Me Too. Well I have learned to trust Aquatic Encounters(Marc Bernardi) for my bookings when I can. They book the best boat,Reina Siliva, which has the very best DM,Victor Mendina,for starters. This is my 4th major adventure w/Mark and he has the uncanny ability(luck?)of finding strangers & friends to put together a boatload of funloving,serious,responsible,interesting divers who can't wait for their next trip together.This was Bernardi's 54th tour group to the Galapagos,...the experience shows everywhere. Victor Mendina is a certified DM & naturialist,expert photo pro,and someone I am proud to have met. This man can SMELL Whale Sharks! Our group encountered(not saw) 9 WSs during the 2 1/2 days allowed for us to anchor at Darwin. Not to count the Hundreds of Hammer Heads per dive (so many,so often, they became a nussence!) Then 10's of seals,morays, turtles,...all really BIG too. All this is of course in addition to land trips to observe Sea Lions within reach,Boobies, Giant tortous. This is a special place,...we divers are fortunate to experience it,...and lucky it will be preserved for those who follow us. A PS; Shortly before the publishing "cut-off" date, I took a Silver Banks whale trip. If you book 1 of the 2 trips Aquatic Encounters(Aquatenctr@aol.com) plans each year, your experence with "The OGRE"(who shall remain nameless)encountered there, will be much more enjoyable.
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