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Academy Bay Dive Center

#4 of 23 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Puerto Ayora Features Animals
Av Charles Darwin | Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-4164
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poor organisation

We did a reservation by call which was confirmed. Right after the call we also send a mail to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
kala802017
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Zurich, Switzerland
Best Dive shop I've ever experienced

We spent 7 consecutive days diving with Academy Bay. The crew Oscar, Ronny, Steve, Byron and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Joshua B
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Big Lake, Minnesota
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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!
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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Av Charles Darwin | Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We did a reservation by call which was confirmed. Right after the call we also send a mail to request the details for PayPal. The answer of this mail was, that our places were just given to someone who entered the office in this moment....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent 7 consecutive days diving with Academy Bay. The crew Oscar, Ronny, Steve, Byron and Captain John Holms are awesome. Their detail to safety is incredible. They make sure to go over everyone's dive experience and groups are created based on experience. They also...More

Thank Joshua B
divingalapagos, Owner at Academy Bay Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Josh & Heather. I have to say that you did get VERY lucky with the Whale shark!! Hope to see you back here one day.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have never written a bad review before But this company deserves it. We had booked a tour with them for Bartholome months in advance. We paid 230$ per person for the tour btw. The last minute tours were selling for about 160$. Just something...More

Thank lenejer
divingalapagos, Owner at Academy Bay Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

You are correct, here is my swift rebuttal. I understand that you were disappointed about not taking the tour you had rightly confirmed in advanced, and that only because you luckily had an extra day, we were able to get you on the same tour,...More

Reviewed 17 July 2017

It's not cheap but you get what you pay for. Definitely a professional service with a great crew. If you get sea sick its worth potting a pill with breakfast before you even arrive at the shop - dive sites are relatively far our and...More

Thank Haig B
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Great dive operator. We did 2 days of diving and we booked about a week in advance so that we could be sure to dive in the sites we wanted to. Booking was easy and it was nice that you could pay in full via...More

Thank Caitlin B
divingalapagos, Owner at Academy Bay Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Caitlin. We are glad you enjoyed your diving!

Reviewed 12 July 2017

We came to Galapagos to dive and did 3 days (2 tanks each day) with Academy Bay. We organized the diving months before, which I recommend, because the dive trips fill up quickly and if you wait until you get there to book, you might...More

Thank andysmom
divingalapagos, Owner at Academy Bay Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind comments. I am glad you enjoyed your time in Galapagos.

Reviewed 5 July 2017

Organized, well run dive shop. We had a full group of 10 divers at Floreana - Cormorant Point and Champion Rock sites. My wife and I are beginners and the dive masters (Oscar and Ronnie) did a great job with us. Clearly set expectations, provided...More

Thank ShadeyDave
Reviewed 23 June 2017

The shop is run in a professional manner and the guides were fantastic! They made sure we understood their expectations and procedures and that the dive plan was clear to everyone. We did 8 dives with them and even though we brought our own gear,...More

Thank Dianna B
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Academy Bay is a great dive shop. Everyone is super professional and friendly. Definitely book in advance... you're not going to save any money by booking at the last minute, and you risk there being no availability. I appreciate how they let you pay with...More

Thank manbearhorse
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Context: I was a 29 yo solo traveler. I booked the Shark Encounters package. It saved time of online research and planning. Good balance between diving and exploring the islands. The low end accommodation option was great location wise, and confortable enough! Alice and her...More

Thank Remi T
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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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