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Academy Bay Dive Center

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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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Grace is the Best!

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... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2017
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Sullivan, Wisconsin
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Sullivan, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 25 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 

Croix
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39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Feom the guy helping out to get you an adjusted wetsuit to the boat crew and the dive guides are really all amazing, cheerful, professional and you will feel safe with them (would be nice if the 2 office ladies could be more cheerful with clients though). We had a great day and saw plenty of marine life and even... More 

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Thank Joelle L
Shanghai, China
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202 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Only had time for one day of diving and chose this company after talking to locals and tourists who had been diving. I've dived over 150 times in 6 countries and have never had such a thorough and professional pre-dive checks and briefing. Also, diving with turtles, manta rays, eagle rays, white-tipped reef sharks, enormous moray eels, black-tipped reef sharks... More 

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

Thank you for your kind comments. More 

Modling, Austria
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Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

We did a few day trips with academy bay and we had fantastic dives. (We saw a huge range of wildlife!) The crew is very friendly, work very professionally and we felt ourselves to be in very good hands. So we'd like to say a big thanks to Hugo and Alice as well as to our dive master Oscar and... More 

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

Ha ha, thank you! I think Niño Lobo will take a little break from boats until the next school holidays! More 

Rakaia, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Initially skeptical since they were quite a bit cheaper than other companies, they proved not to be lacking in any area. The boat, food and gear were all exceptional. The great crew did everything so all you had to worry about was enjoying the experience.

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Thank Natoosh23
divingalapagos, Owner at Academy Bay Dive Center, responded to this review

Thank you! More 

Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

We only dove one day from this island and went to Gordon Rock. We dove with a lot of different dive centres all over the world and I really recommand this one which is very nice. The staff is very kind and patient. We have our own dive equipment, but still needed a wetsuit, which was good. The boat is... More 

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Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
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168 reviews
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Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Yesterday we went diving with Academy Bay at Gordons rock en Seymour. All the credits for this dive center, everything was outstanding arranged. Great staff, great boot and great service. We have been diving at a lot of places and in a lot of countries but they did everything just like it should be plus extra. We can really recommend... More 

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

Thank you very much. Come back anytime!! More 

Kansas City
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406 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

This is a well run organization. They were very responsive to our inquiries while we were booking our trip. Alice was wonderful. The equipment was in great condition and is included in the price of the dive. The dive masters are competent and very safety conscious. The shop will provide pictures and videos of your dive. You need to furnish... More 

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

Thank you! More 

Toronto, Canada
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

As the title says, this is one of the most professional dive shops that I've been diving with. The equipment (included in the price of the dive) was top notch and they provide provide pictures + video of your dive at no additional cost. Safety is taken very seriously and the dive plan is made very clear at the start.... More 

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