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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.

My wife and I booked two days of diving with Academy Bay before travelling to the Galapagos... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2018
Matt M
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Way overpriced

I did a 2 dives day trip with Academy bay. The staff is very professional and the gear in decent... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2017
Thomas B
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Quito, Ecuador
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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 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

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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.

Thank KC L
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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

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

I spent three amazing days diving with this Dive center. They were amazing. The boat is great. The food for lunch they provide is the best I have ever had. They Dive Masters, Instructors and staff are all very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. They have...More

Thank Todd R
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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

The most professional dive operator I have ever been with, really slick operation and VERY safe. Would dive with them again.

Thank riofan
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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

My partner and I had a great time diving with these guys. The service was AMAZING. Great guides, the gear was really good and they were super organised. And the diving was incredible! Getting all the photos and videos for free after the dive was...More

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

Only got the 1 day to dive & chose Academy Bay because of the response that I got from the emails that I sent before arriving in the Galapagos. The shop is well run with no question or issue that can not be handled. Arrived...More

Thank Robert O
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BrandyAlexander
12 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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