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Galápagos Islands Sports & Outdoors: 11 reviews and 15 photos
If you are a scuba diver, the Galapagos represents one of those "holy grail" kind of places. You want to go, you hope you will be able to some day, but you don't really expect to make it all the way there. It's a long way away from everything and conditions are challenging. But isn't that part of the allure, after all?
As I may have mentioned about a dozen times (more?) the water is cold. Extra thick wetsuits are essential, layered one on the other, hoods are a must, and if you don't wear gloves, you will find you have shredded fingers from holding onto barnacle-covered rocks in surge zones. Because divers wear so much protective clothing in the Galapagos, the amount of weight needed to get below the surface is impressive. I was taking 10 to 12 kg (22 to 26 lbs) down with me every dive, and still hd to fin head-down to get past the first few meters!
Divers enter the water from pangas (dingys) that each dive boat carries with it. The ones from my dive boat were rubber zodiacs. You gear up on the dive deck, hop into the panga, zip over to the dive site, and enter the water with a backwards roll. Getting into the water is the easy part. Getting back *out* and into the panga after the dive was the greatest challenge of each dive, for me. Of course you remove your gear first, but it always took a lot of hoisting and struggling for me to flop myself into the panga like a drunken sea lion.
Equipment: I took my own equipment, except for the wetsuits, which I rented locally. I used Extra Divers, whose web address is given below. I had two checkout dives with Extra Divers before boarding my dive boat, just to make sure the wetsuits fit properly and to get my weighting down before the "real" diving got started.
Bring a couple of pairs of gloves along, in case one pair gets torn. Consider bringing three pair if you are shooting pictures since you will not want thick gloves for that, and the thin ones will tear more quickly.
You can rent a hood, but they get little tears around the face-hole and can let water in if they are not tight enough. My solution was to take my own warm-water hood along with me and to layer it under the rental hood.
If you can find dive socks, bring them, too. It's awful putting on cold, wet booties, and the socks help.
Address: Extra Divers, Silberstein Hotel
Theme: Scuba Diving
Website: http://[L=Hotel Silberstein]http://www.hotelsilberstein.com/web/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=26&lang=GB[/L]
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