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Dive Review of Lumba Lumba Divers in

January, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Carl D Scott, TX, US
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Report Number 5920
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Philippines, Sulawesi, Bali, Lombok, Caymans, USVI, St. Vincent, Cozumel,
Panama, Colombia, Belize, Costa Rica, Palau
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive times were typically restricted to 60 minutes, sometimes to 70-75, if
not too many divers on the boat.  Otherwise, they let you dive as you wish.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
This dive operator clearly gives minimal consideration to photographers. 
The boats are too small and cramped to provide a rinse bucket on board, but
travel times to dive sites are minimal.  On shore, they have barrels
labeled for cameras, but there was never any water in them.  Instead, they
suggesting using the rinse tank designated for regulators.  This worked out
OK, as there was enough time before the crew showed up after a dive with
scuba units to give cameras and computers a good soaking.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
Diving here is much a personal preference thing.  While there is almost no
coral above 60', what little was there having been obliterated by a
bleaching event a few years back, below 60' is a very healthy reef system
with huge gorgonians and everything else you might expect.  However, at any
depth, the fish populations are extremely dense.  Tropicals of every kind
are teeming, with good numbers of trevally, jacks, etc. in the upper 30'. 
There was never a shortage of sea life to enjoy!  Conditions were generally
quite calm, with only mild currents, though the guides warned of current
before every dive (go figure).  While I never asked about nitrox, I did see
one diver with a nitrox tank, and this would be a great place for it, if
they led separate dives with longer dive times, as the deep is where it's
at for underwater scenery.  Diversity is very good, though macro life was
not as abundant as I had hoped.  However, the house reef has some good
macro in a place about 75-80 deep and 200 yards offshore, which any muck or
macro fan would surely enjoy.

As for accommodations, the bungalows are quite nice and very economical,
but without A/C.  I highly recommend asking for mosquito netting for the
bed, because they will come inside!  Otherwise, nights are very comfortable
for sleeping, with the fan directly above the bed.  Service is not their
strong suit, which I say only because they don't offer much.  I had to ask
for someone to carry my bags up to the bungalow upon arrival, and they
simply were not very outgoing with the guests.  However, they were
typically helpful and friendly, when asked, and there as never a problem
with them taking care of dive gear and the like.

Prepare yourself for a limited menu on this fairly deserted beach.  While
there are 5 "restaurants", they all have the same menu, just
different cooks.  After a week, I suspect you will have eaten every
possible variation of curry, rice, and soup, and be ready for something
other than a pancake or omelette for breakfast!  Don't get in a hurry,
either, because it's like going to your neighbor's house and asking for a
meal . . . everything will be made from scratch, which will take awhile. 
However, you will have plenty of time, as there is nowhere for you to go,
and nothing to do here but dive!
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