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joeyro16 - 7/15/2012 12:20 AM
Category: Travel
Replies: 5

thinking about one of the Galapagos liveaboards. any advice from someone that has done it would be much appreciated (best time of year, water temps, who not to go with, ect)
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LatitudeAdjustment - 7/15/2012 4:30 AM
I went on Aggressor, heard stories about I think it was Big Blue, their Captain was having diner aboard the Aggressor (those who had eaten aboard his ship said that was a smart move) while he had divers in the water (dumb move). Watching Dancer wallow made me nervous, she always looks too low in the water.

September is best for whale sharks but your results may vary. Saw all the advertized stuff, did SI’s snorkeling with humpbacks and pilot whales.

Diving is advanced, high current, chilly water so don’t believe that "you can do this trip in a 3mil" crap, bring PolarTec for the SI, blue water safety stops while surrounded by hammerheads all while diving from a small boat (panga) that you need to pull yourself into.



Equador doesn’t permit diveboats to do island tours anymore so if you want to go ashore you’ll need to book that before or after the liveaboard.

That’s the good news, the bad news is on the way home you are going to ask yourself; How in the hell am I going to top that!
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joeyro16 - 7/15/2012 10:07 AM
I was hoping you would reply, I always love your no BS advice. I am thinking I will take my dry-suit along. Was reading about the 2 new boats that Buddy Dive has just fired up, they look good and the Buddy dive resort in Bonaire gets rave reviews. Thanks again for the info.
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LatitudeAdjustment - 7/15/2012 5:50 PM
From joeyro16: I was hoping you would reply, I always love your no BS advice. I am thinking I will take my dry-suit along. Was reading about the 2 new boats that Buddy Dive has just fired up, they look good and the Buddy dive resort in Bonaire gets rave reviews. Thanks again for the info. ...


About 1/2 the divers were dry, I was using a 7mil. One woman blew out a latex neck seal and hadn’t packed accelerator so while her suit was hanging in the engine room curing she borrowed a wetsuit from the boat, great timing as that’s when the humpback and calf showed up during the SI. Snorkeling in a drysuite would have been more work!

I’ve seen the Buddy boat ads but haven’t heard any reports yet.
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LatitudeAdjustment - 7/18/2012 4:23 PM
Here’s a teaser from JudyG who goes there a lot http://awoosh.com/blog/
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joeyro16 - 7/18/2012 4:58 PM
that is great. Thanks for sharing.