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Academy Bay Dive Center

#4 of 22 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Puerto Ayora Features Animals
Av Charles Darwin | Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-4164
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Booked Tour Not as Expected

We booked a relatively last minute tour to Seymour Norte through this company. We had been advised... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2016
Tierra Verde, Florida
A solid dive choice

I went with Academy Bay dive center for one dive to North Seymour and Mosquera. The dive guides... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2016
Devin O
Puerto Lopez, 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 good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
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Av Charles Darwin | Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-4164
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Reviewed 6 December 2016

We booked a relatively last minute tour to Seymour Norte through this company. We had been advised not to go on several of the boats used for this tour and advised the young ladies assisting us of the boats we did not want. They told...More

Thank paradiselivin1
Reviewed 3 December 2016

I went with Academy Bay dive center for one dive to North Seymour and Mosquera. The dive guides were well educated on the dive sites and experienced. They take pictures while you are out so you do not have to worry about taking them yourself....More

Thank Devin O
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

I just spent a short week diving with Academy Bay and have only good things to say about this dive center. Professional, organised, punctual, and very friendly. They run a good business with a fast boat, knowledgeable guides, equipment in excellent shape, and of course...More

1  Thank monicahartlief
Reviewed 6 November 2016

I have been fortunate to dive with diving operators in several parts of the world – several places in the South Pacific, also East Africa and Brazil, as well as North America – and this was by far the best run and most professional group...More

Thank greendoc
Reviewed 7 October 2016

This shop was friendly overall, but they didnt offer anything special. I would say they are standard/run-of-the-mill. If you choose to look for a better spot, you might find something better.

1  Thank AdamChong10
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We spent two days diving with Academy, one at Seymour and one at Gordon Rocks. The staff were excellent and with their hawk-like vision and commitment we spotted the school of hammerheads when we had nearly given up looking. The equipment and boat was good...More

Thank TerriW1984
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We dove Seymour and Daphne one day and everything was excellent so we went to Gordon's the next day and loved both days. The guides Oscar and Byron were awesome, everything on the boat and for the dive was considered, we'll thought out and delivered....More

Thank Steve R
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We wanted to do a couple of days diving in the Galapagos between other elements of our holiday in mainland Ecuador and a 7 night naturalist cruise in the islands. Because of the sometimes challenging diving conditions in the Galapagos and also not to waste...More

5  Thank TopTraveller101
Reviewed 31 August 2016

The office was very busy, i had to wait like 20 mins to try the gear because people were coming in and out.. The boat was comfy and clean, we got good lunch on the way back. I spent only one day with the Team...More

Thank Anna P
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

With thousands of dives under our belts all over the world and with all types of operators and in all types of dive resorts I can truthfully say this is the top dive operator we have used and experienced. SERVICE is everything and service you...More

1  Thank SpartacusScrimshaw
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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.
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