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Academy Bay Dive Center

#3 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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Amazing Experience

17 December, 2016, Gordon Rocks, Santa Cruz My first ever dive was with Oscar, professional diver... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2017
Linda E
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
Nancy G
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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
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

17 December, 2016, Gordon Rocks, Santa Cruz My first ever dive was with Oscar, professional diver at Academy Bay Dive Center. Everything was well-organised: from breakfast to snacks in between dives, and from the pictures/videos taken to having all equipment ready for take-off. We were...More

Thank Linda E
Reviewed 21 March 2017 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...More

Thank Nancy G
Reviewed 20 March 2017

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...More

1  Thank Mike-OWaterloo
Reviewed 17 March 2017

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....More

Thank Stian1981
Reviewed 15 March 2017 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...More

Thank Fam B
Reviewed 9 March 2017 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...More

Thank John and Barb F
Reviewed 24 February 2017 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...More

Thank Linkowsk
Reviewed 3 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...More

Thank Joe G
Reviewed 27 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...More

Thank zoebramwell
divingalapagos, Owner at Academy Bay Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2017

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...More

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...More

Thank transm0grificati0n
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13 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