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

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by John Crossley, CA, USA
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Report Number 4379
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
60 resorts & 20 livaboards mostly in Asia & Pacific
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth and time limits because we often had student divers on-board  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
Deep Blue Sea Inn and Action Divers
Puerto Galera, Philippines

Diving May 2008.  Visability 30-50 feet. Water temp. 82.  This was my sixth
trip to Puerto Galera and I tried to save money by staying at cheaper hotel
than the Atlantis Resort, where I usually stay and dive.  My low cost
choice was Deep Blue Sea Inn and Action Divers.  While I did save about 30
percent, I dont think the savings were worth it. Deep Blue Sea Inn, on
Small Laguna Beach, had very basic rooms with a small AC and mini-fridge. 
The shower was weak and sometimes delivered no water. The toilet worked
poorly, and the power went off several times.  Once we ran out of toilet
paper and the hotel staff had none available till the next day.  The hotel
restaurant had limited choices, and was mediocre at best. However there
were many other restaurants within easy walking distance. Action Divers has
a small shop on the beach near Deep Blue Sea Inn.  The two British
instructors/dive guides are nice people, are safety conscious, and give
good dive briefings.  Their dive boats are two bancas with a capacity of 10
divers, but we usually had just four to six.  The problem is that there
were often two students on-board, so the dive sites were typically
close-by, easy sites.  Also, because there were students on the dives, the
single instructor did less critter hunting  for the non-students.  Maybe
it was good that we didnt have long boat rides, because neither banca had
much shade.  The boat crew was pretty good at handling, rinsing, and
storing our scuba gear. Overall, Action Divers did OK, but not as good as
Atlantis, whose lodging and restaurant was far superior to Deep Blue Sea
Inn. On the positive side, I found a good way to save money on the transfer
from Manila to Puerto Galera. Usually I pay pretty steep price for Atlantis
to arrange a private van from Manila to Batangas, then a private banca over
to Puerto Galera.  This time I took the SiKat bus and ferry service. It
starts at the City State Tower Hotel in Manila and goes non-stop in a
comfortable charter bus to Batangas.  There you switch to their large, fast
banca for the trip over to Puerto Galera.  This saved about $150 on the
round trip transfers.

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