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Dive Review of Scubadragon/Tres Palmas (associated) in
Galapagos Islands/Tortuga Island, Isabela

Scubadragon/Tres Palmas (associated): "Scubadragon/ Tres Palmas, Diving Tortuga island off Isabela Galapagos", Jul, 2018,

by Linda Burlak, MA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 10372.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 1 stars
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 Scubadragon dive center also operates several rooms as Tres Palmas Ecolodge on the same grounds, both run by Galapagos marine life and travel writer Pierre Constant. To begin with the one major problem: we were exposed to a rash of insect bites during our stay in a bungalow at Tres Palmas, and we are fairly certain these were from bed bugs based on location, pattern, and time of bites. It is unfortunate that even the fanciest hotel these days can fall prey to this from someone traveling through. We have informed the owner (Pierre Constant) and assuming he fumigates the bungalow thoroughly and completely, this is what I would say about the rest of the experience:

The Tres Palmas bungalows are simple and rustic. For U.S. families familiar with campgrounds, they are somewhat like camping cabins - complete with the local mosquitos that aren't kept out particularly well. Our bungalow, Sunset, had an attached bathroom, and both a double and single bed. Our fellow diver had the Guardia bungalow with a single bed and had to walk a short distance to separate lavatory and shower stalls. The bed was comfortable and there was plenty of hot water. Linens and shower towels are provided. You need your own soap, shampoo, drinking water (can be bought in the village), and extra towels for beach/snorkeling/div ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Florida, Hawaii, Caribbean, Bali, Northeast
Closest Airport Isabela (small planes only) Getting There From Baltra on Santa Cruz, only light planes fly to Isabela. 2 hour (bumpy) ferry is the most common transportation to Isabela.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 72-73°F / 22-23°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-50 Ft/ 12-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Mandatory to follow the dive guide since you're within the National Park.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments No camera rinse tank. One rinse tank for all on shore (cameras first). Be sure to rinse the camera carefully on your own. Great picture opportunities abound. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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