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troispistoles
post Sep 10 2007, 12:15 PM
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Anybody ever went diving to the Galapagos islands?

We are looking to go there in November!!

Any suggestions on which company to use??

Thanks!
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post Sep 10 2007, 03:22 PM
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I don't have any direct info on diving the islands, but check out IncreadibleLife's Travelogue for some info...not sure if they went diving there or not.


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post Oct 2 2007, 09:57 AM
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I was there as you posted!

OK, firts thing: due to new regulations, which will ikely change by next year, Galapagos cruises are not allowed to propose diving anymore.
If you want to tour the archipelago and dive, you need to go on a live aboard.
Most of them will not have the licence to do landings, I believe, so in short the cruises can propose either diving, or landing on the islands. Might exist a luxury option to combine both.

The cruise was incredible, the snorkeling during the cruise if well enough.
I guess you have booked already, but my recommendation is to go with guide Juan Manuel Salcedo, with Enchanted Expeditions. I totally endorse this guide.

Diving:
you can take day trips from Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz. 2 dives for 125 to 140 dollars, but they are worth the prize, for what you see in the water. No coral though, be warned.
Recommended and most serious operator: Scuba Iguana
Second comes Sub Aqua, I dived with Rafaello and Lotem, they are serious
These are the only two I would recommend. I dived with another operator, they were cool, but I was a beginner having to take a plane the next day, and the divemaster was oscillating +- 3 meters, getting me lost with my buoyancy, stopping just in time to not follow him to 25 meters on a 15 meters dive... Oh and when I asked a 6 minute safety stop just to be sure, they found it a funny idea...
there are horror stories of divemasters refusing to surface on low air or lost group, or panicking and releasing a diver´s weight belt at 20 meters...
There is a recompression chamber on Santa Cruz, by the way.

The water is bloody cold, and there is a lot of current. But that is what brings the big ones!
They´ll ask you 30 dives to take you to Gordon rocks, where you can see schools of hammerheads. I managed to go with only 18 though, after a first day diving so they could check me out. Saw only one hammerhead, it was a day without current. grrrrr


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post Oct 3 2007, 04:37 PM
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i much love this sports!


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post Oct 11 2007, 01:45 PM
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QUOTE(traveller876 @ Oct 11 2007, 08:32 PM) *

I´ve not heard about diving being banned in the Galapagos.


I don't think anybody else had heard that either.

Maybe I was not clear enough:
- If you join a classic cruise, which consists in landing on the different islands with a naturalist guide... these are not allowed anymore to offer diving as an alternative to snorkeling
- Therefore, you need to go on a live aboard diving tour, some of which may still propose landings, or take day diving trips from Puero Ayora


This as opposed to the previous situation, where almost every cruise boat/yacht had diving equipment onboard.
The situation is blurry, these issues are to be debated at the end of 2007, and clear regulations are supposed to be voted.


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post Nov 20 2007, 03:39 PM
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we went diving with www.dreamkapture.com check them out.
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