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Academy Bay Dive Center

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Av Charles Darwin | Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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Very professional dive center, safe and amazing dives

I did two dives in May, Beagle and Daphne Menor. The dives were amazing, and the dive school as... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Giel_Annick
Short & Sweet package

One can see a lot of Santa Cruz and do some very nice dives, the ones at Gordon Rocks are amazing... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
MGFer
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Our Dive center is located right across the road from the Navy base and the main passenger pier in Puerto Ayora. If you still can't find us, look out for a bright pink lolly shop next door!
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
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Av Charles Darwin | Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did two dives in May, Beagle and Daphne Menor. The dives were amazing, and the dive school as well. Very well organized. Kindest people, from the people at the office to the dive master, captain, etc. I paid $170,- for the two dives. Not...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One can see a lot of Santa Cruz and do some very nice dives, the ones at Gordon Rocks are amazing: hammer head, sea lion, turtle, sun fish and more. Excellent service, organization and nice boat. Highly recommended. Marco from Italy

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Read a few negative reviews recently on Trip Advisor. Academy bay is the best dive shop in Puerto Ayora. Oscar and the other dive guides are the best I've ever dived with, they take safety seriously and after diving with them for three months and...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Very professional, very good equipment, nice people. Had a great time and saw lots of fish. they also organised a very pleasant hotel

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

At first sight this diveshop looks great. Nice scubagear and good products, friendly when you enquire. Yes, that is something you should expect, but that part is good. However, this company is, in case something is not going OK, a typical company with great words...More

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divingalapagos, Manager at Academy Bay Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you for your comments, we do take all feedback seriously, the safety of our passengers is very important to us, and I have just finished a meeting with my staff about this day. Firstly, there were 2 divers with 24 dives, we like divers...More

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

My friend and I went diving with Academy Bay to North Seymour Island because of their decent ratings on TripAdvisor. We are both relatively new to diving (my 4th dive after certification and her first) and Academy Bay was well aware of that when we...More

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divingalapagos, Manager at Academy Bay Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you for your comments, though we wish you had have expressed these feelings when you were here in our office after the dive instead of telling us that you had a great trip you had. We have spoken to the crew and with Oscar...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

We had only a short time to visit Galápagos and I became overwhelmed with planning what to do and where to go. I found the “short and sweet” land/dive tour with Academy Bay. It was perfect for us and our travel needs. They took care...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

From the quality and condition of the gear, to the safety maintained, and from the friendliness of the guides to the competence of the crew: everything was excellent. The crew pre-assemble the BCDs, cylinders, etc for each diver and kitted us up before each entry,...More

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divingalapagos, Manager at Academy Bay Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you, we hope to see you out here again one day!

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Reviewed 6 February 2018

I have 4 days dives with Academy, Mother nature, one day I see a lot of hammerhead and rays and nothing the next day at Gordon Rock.I am amazed by the abundant of fishery at some sites even not the same to all site.they offered...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

I spotted Academy Bay cause of the good reviews and Alice answered right a way to each email I was sending with all the questions I had. Since I had only one week in Galapagos before moving back to the mainland I wanted everything to...More

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BrandyAlexander
13 November 2016|
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Response from cavscout2016 | Reviewed this property |
I guess I was really late in responding. I hope your dive went well. I am new to this trip advisor thing.
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Alexander K
25 March 2015|
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Response from divingalapagos | Property representative |
Hello Alexander Sorry for the delaying in getting back to you, I didn't see your enquiry. The cost for the PADI dive course is $650 per person and runs over 3 days. Your children must be over 10 years of age to do it. If... More
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