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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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Best dive company in Galapagos - Go diving with them !!!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Linkowsk
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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tyne and wear
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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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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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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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