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Dive Review of Action Divers/Deep Blue Sea Inn in
Philippines/Puert Galera

October, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Sivak, CA, USA
Report Number 3078
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
HI, CA, Mexico, carribean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
45 minutes or 50 bar whichever came first (not very strict on the time).  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Macro subject matter was superb.  Boat facilities consist of a milk crate
for cameras and very careful crew.  Fresh water rinse tanks at the shop.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
As previously reported in Undercurrent, I am amazed why more Americans
don't go to the Philippines.  An exceptional value given the VERY
reasonable airfare, accomodations, food and great diving, the only downside
is the distance (still much closer than Indonesia).

The Deep Blue Sea Inn were I stayed was simple at best, however, next door
was the Portofino which would satisfy any western traveler.
Food was quite good everywhere with a typical meal costing $6! The
Philippino people are very friendly and mostly Catholic.  Internet access
is available at internet cafes and some hotels.  While not truely
"high speed" it was adequate for emails, etc.  The town of Sabang
is where most of the dive operations are.  If you want nightlife at your
door step, then stay there.  If you like a little peace and quiet with
nightlife a safe 5 minute walk away, then stay in Small Lalaguna Beach.  

The diving is a macro photographers delight.  Nudibranch's galore, pipefish
(yes, ornate ghost as well), frogfish, sea horse, tropicals, amazing soft
and hard corals.  No big fish though.  Clarity could have been a bit
better, but the rich waters did provide a surprise 7 foot wide manta! 
Water temp was a comfortable 80 degress, but I recommend a full wetsuit or
skin because of the occasional jellys.  Another major advantage is the 2-15
minute boat ride to dive sites.  Entry from the simple outrigger
"banca" is by backroll.  Terrain varies from small walls to sand
flats with some very nice small wrecks.  Soft corals in superb shape, while
there is some visible hard coral damage from the typhoon in May 2006.  Post
dive, gear is removed en water and boat crew lifts it out.  Surface
intervals of at least 2 hours where they should be, on the beach!Action
Divers runs 9am, noon and 3pm dives that are professional without
babysitting.  Friendly and knowledgeabe DM's.   
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