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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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08:00 - 20:00
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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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OUTSTANDING dive operator

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... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2016
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Tustin, California
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Tustin, California
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79 reviews
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Reviewed 25 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 will get. From great equipment in great condition, outstanding service in helping you in and... More 

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Miami, Florida
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

We went diving with them from Santa Cruz. Very impressed with their organization, professionalism and attentiveness. 5 star dive company and great dive boat. I highly recommend this outfit.

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Larkspur, California
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42 reviews
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Reviewed 19 August 2016

We were looking for an opportunity to have our first family dive together while on a land-based Galapagos adventure. Two parents with substantial diving experience and two teenagers (ages 18 and 15) who had just been certified Open Water the month before. Academy Bay Dive Center and Alice worked with us to find an appropriate beginner dive (Pinzon) and we... More 

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Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

The Academy Bay Diving Centre helped us organize a tour of Bartelomé on board the Esmeraldas III. The tour was fantastic. Yes, we spent more time getting to/from Bartelomé, but the hike up to the light house afforded great views, and snorkeling with Galápagos penguins (not to mention the close up views of blue-footed bobbies dive bombing the ocean for... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

Spent 5 days doing dive trips with Academy Bay aboard the Pacific Sea Horse and had an overall excellent experience. We had an outstanding dive master called Oscar, who was very knowledgeable and seemed to be a Hammer head shark magnet (we saw them on 7 out of our 10 dives). We dived in small groups and every dive master... More 

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Bemus Point, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

I dove with Academy Bay for two days in mid-July. This was a great experience all the way from the initial emails to the dive. They were very professional throughout the booking and dive. They answered everyone's questions and were very knowledgeable of the species and the dive locations. I picked this place because of the recommendations here on TripAdvisor... More 

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Kukutyim
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99 reviews
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Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

After having the worst dives of our entire life (both with about 70 logged dives around the world) with my husband by albatros dive resort, we were pretty hard to gain trust again. Meanwhile albatros was unprofessional, not caring, unsafe with bad equipment and dishonest, here we found an oasis: people who cared, safety first, professional guides, honesty, thinking with... More 

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Lafayette, Colorado
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Óscar and his crew took us scuba diving, and we saw so so many cool things! The boat was immaculately clean and the staff really focused on safety. We were fed a snack of fruit, chips, and crackers between dives and given a lunch of meat, vegetables, and rice after the two guides were complete. On the days that we... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 7 July 2016

The diving in the Galapagos overall is super, but the staff at Academy was AWESOME. I've been on many dive boats, mostly in the US, and was pleasantly surprised at the extreme care this crew/company takes in their trade. The boat and equipment was spotless and super organized. I knew the dive was going to be safe. The pre-dive briefing... More 

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Thank cavscout2016
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 29 June 2016

LOOK NO FURTHER. You can stop your search now. Book your trip with Academy Bay- you won't regret it. We started researching for our Galapagos trip 6 months prior to the trip. There were so many travel agencies to choose from, but they weren't flexible to meet our needs. We stumbled upon Academy Bay and decided to email them for... More 

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