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Dive Review of Tiburon Explorer in
Galapagos Islands

Tiburon Explorer: "Galapagos; Challenging as always", Oct, 2021,

by Max Weinmann, GA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 16 Helpful votes). Report 11708 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 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 1 stars
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Comments After almost 2 years of working with COVID, traveling seemed rather daunting. However, once Ecuador announced the need for a vaccine passport and negative test, the idea seemed finally viable. I was heading off on a bucket list trip to the Galapagos with the Tiburon Explorer; a relatively new boat. In hindsight, I had very little to be concerned about as I was about to place my safety in extremely professional hands.
Puerto Ayora was the gathering point, and the Isla Hotel was the luxurious start to a once in a lifetime experience.
It was a mixed bag of 12 divers overall with varying backgrounds, expertise and understanding of COVID; 8 Americans and 4 European. Ecuador had made a heroic effort of vaccinating its people such that over 95% had received a vaccine. That was to be applauded, however it also raised an issue as they had vaccinated with any and every vaccine available, from Chinese to Russia and beyond. In essence, it meant that not everyone was on a level playing field in terms of protection, and that masking remained important. In fact the law in Ecuador is clear about continuing that. And indeed both young and old, whether out enjoying the nightlife or working in the fields were wearing masks. Not surprisingly, 4 of the Americans largely refused to wear masks even though the protocol and policy on the boat was masking for everything but diving. It was a shameful display of narcissism and ignorance. Consequently, the ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving New Guinea, GBR, Sea of Cortez, Fiji, Vanuatu, Australia, Palau
Closest Airport Quito Getting There Required vaccine passport and neg COVID test

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy, dry Seas calm, surge, currents
Water Temp 50-56°F / 10-13°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments This is a world class site. The Galapagos live up to their reputation. The conditions are challenging however and it is far ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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