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Dive Review of Scuba Iguana/Casa de Mathias in
Galapagos Islands

Scuba Iguana/Casa de Mathias: "Hammerheads!", Oct, 2015,

by Mark A. Magers, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 8600 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving GBR, Saba, Montserrat, Dominica, Caymans, Barbados, USVI, Cuba, Belize, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, HI, CA, WA, RI
Closest Airport Baltra Getting There via Guayaquil (GYE), direct flights to Balta (GPS); bus to short ferry from GPS (free), ferry to Isla Santa Cruz ($1); bus ($3?) or cab ($18) for 45 min drive to Puerta Ayora from ferry

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 73 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 10 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 5 minute checkout for new divers on basic skills on way to first dive; profiles discussed pre-dive, you are required to stay with DM, though there were some regulars who seemed to have a lot more freedom; see write-up for more
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments We do not do UWP but several people on boat did; no camera tables ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
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 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments We had only a couple of days on our itinerary for The Galapagos, and so lined up a single day of diving with land-based Scuba Iguana. Our straw poll of friends and acquaintances who had been there all said these were the people to go with. We checked in at the shop in the afternoon before our day of diving, fitted all the gear, checked c-cards, filled out paperwork, and were ready to go the next morning at about 8 am.

We timed our visit based on SIs general schedule to dive Gordons Rocks, which we believed to be the one place to go if you could only go to one place. We were not disappointed. The ride out was about 30+ minutes. We did (as new divers with the shop) a 5 minute check out dive, in calm water and sandy bottom, to show we could flood and clear our masks, and remove and replace our regs underwater. While these are extremely basic skills, we never complain when an operator is careful. The ones who pay no attention, and weve all been with a few of those, are a lot scarier than rudimentary skill checks are annoying.

At the site, the surface swells were several feet. Entry via backward roll off both sides. They broke us into 2 smaller groups of 4-5. Very soon we came upon a couple of ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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