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Address: Av Charles Darwin | Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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+593 5-252-4164
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:00
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Our Dive center is located right across the road from the Navy base and the...

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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Well organized dive outfit

This dive shop has its own boat (most do not) and keep it on great shape. Plenty of room for 10 divers although they seem to cap it at 8. Excellent organization and dive masters... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Nancy G
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66 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This dive shop has its own boat (most do not) and keep it on great shape. Plenty of room for 10 divers although they seem to cap it at 8. Excellent organization and dive masters are well experienced. Safe and sane diving. Although the sea conditions weren't great, so visibility was limited, the dive masters made sure we saw what... More 

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Thank Nancy G
Waterloo, Canada
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55 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent dive with Academy Bay to Mosquera and N. Seymour. This is a professional operation, well organized with briefings and serious about safety. We were a small group: 5 divers and two guides, who were both excellent. I had trouble with my (own) mask leaking towards the end of the second dive, and so in the end I had to... More 

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Thank Mike-OWaterloo
Oslo, Norway
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went diving with Academy Bay Dive Center 2.3.2017 to Gordon Rocks and to Mosqera and North Seymour 4.3.2017. First of all I have to say that the diving at Galapagos was great! The Dive company was very helpful to organize our dives in advance. Their office is close to the harbour and easy to spot on arrival to the... More 

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Thank Stian1981
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dove 8 days with this company and every time was well organized with safety priority number one with detailed briefing before diving. The guys onboard was so nice, helpful and skilled, as were the people who worked in the shop. Snacks, fruit and crisps was served between the two dives, and after the second a lunchbox was given out, vegetarian... More 

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Thank Fam B
Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the pleasure of diving a number of times with this company while we were on holidays on Santa Cruz in the Galápagos Islands. We received 5 star service from start to finish! The dive boat looked fairly new and is in excellent condition with a very experienced captain. The crew and dive masters are extremely professional and knowledgeable... More 

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Thank John and Barb F
Bangkok, Thailand
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was diving 3 days with Academy Bay Dive Center and it was just great!!! Equipment is brand new, boat super fast and clean, really experienced instructors - Oscar and Byron are both amazing, you will feel super save diving with them. Food and snacks are good and fresh, after the dives they give you straight away a glass of... More 

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Thank Linkowsk
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42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

I just returned from diving and other tours all over the Galapagos Islands. Over a few months prior to going, I worked with them to set up diving, and other island tours. They also set up transfers from and back to the aiport, and also transfers from Santa Cruz to and from San Cristobal, and also transfers from Santa Cruz... More 

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Thank Joe G
tyne and wear
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24 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Worst diving experience of my life with this company! My husband and I dived with hopes to see hammerhead sharks, instead what we got was a shock at the lax safety procedures. First off the more experienced divers went in we had been chatting to a couple with over 100 logged dives each. 5 minutes later they surfaced and the... More 

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Thank zoebramwell
divingalapagos, Owner at Academy Bay Dive Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry but I do not remember if we spoke with you in the office after your dive tour, as it was 7 months ago. We are sorry that the dive did not live up to your expectations, but unfortunately we are not able to control the ocean conditions and provide perfect visibilty and... More 

Sullivan, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

My wife and I were fortunate enough to work with Grace, who kept Academy Bay open for us to book a last minute boat trip. She tailored the trip to our needs, and called the right people to make it happen. The next morning, Grace called us to let us know that the van would be picking us up about... More 

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Thank transm0grificati0n
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Fantastic diving company: safe, good equipment, the only thing you have to do is a backroll and enjoy! Very experienced guides who know exactly where to find the big stuff (schools of hammerheads). As "service" they also give you all the pictures and video's of your dive so bring a spare sd card or memory stick.

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Thank Catharina B
divingalapagos, Owner at Academy Bay Dive Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We hope to see you back here one day! More 

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