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Academy Bay Dive Center

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Av Charles Darwin | Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-4164
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amazing dives but rough

I have 4 days dives with Academy, Mother nature, one day I see a lot of hammerhead and rays and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ggt347
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Bayside, New York
Some of the best dives I ever had

I spotted Academy Bay cause of the good reviews and Alice answered right a way to each email I was... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2018
aquaticimport
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Hong Kong, China
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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!
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  • 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 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

Thank aquaticimport
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Just finished a 10-day trip in Galapagos during the Xmas holiday. We booked five days of dives with Academy Bay and also arranged land tours and accommodations through them. 1. The dive was amazing and the guides went above and beyond to make everyone feel...More

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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Booked a trip with Laura in their office. Heard positive things about their operation, so was excited. Promised 3 snorkeling sites at Pinzon. Morning of the tour comes, office is abandoned except for one non-English speaking guide who swears there is no snorkeling tour. After...More

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

My wife and I booked two days of diving with Academy Bay before travelling to the Galapagos Islands. From the first email sent to arrange booking to the diving days, all the staff were professional and friendly. Only one of the dive sites was a...More

Thank Matt M
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

I did a 2 dives day trip with Academy bay. The staff is very professional and the gear in decent condition. However, as with many things in Galapagos, it is insanely overpriced. I paid $170 for a half day, 2 dives trip. Keep in mind...More

Thank Thomas B
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divingalapagos, Manager at Academy Bay Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Thank you for your comments, though maybe you should do your research well before making statements about overpricing. The minimum wage in Galapagos is 80% more than that of mainland Ecuador due to the huge difference in the cost of living here on islands in...More

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Reviewed 10 December 2017

My husband and me were at Galapagos in the beginning of November and we booked the dives few months ago. In between we had many question and we got all the answers promptly. I was not diving but my husband was more than satisfied, no...More

Thank melinda12013
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Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

We booked a snorkeling tour around Santa Fe. It was our last day at the Galapagos and turned out to be one of the higlights at our trip. We saw a lot of animals and the staff was really competent and friendly. We would definetly...More

Thank lisa w
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

Thank you guys for the diving experience! My partner and I were there for a few days of diving and we were not disappointed. We had a great time. Thank you.

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Reviewed 31 October 2017

Obviously, Academy's reviews are outstanding, which is one of the reasons I choose them for 6 days of diving. I have over 1700 dives, so I wanted to experience the best dive sights available. Academy has an excellent and FAST boat which reaches all the...More

1  Thank JJJRS5
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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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