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Dive Review of Alona; Marine Village/Alona; Marine Village Dive House in
Philippines/Panglao; So. Cebu

November, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Eldon Okazaki, CA, USA
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Report Number 4564
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Caribbean, Palau,Yap, Negros, Raja Ampat, No. Sulawesi, Mexico,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
27   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
follow  DM; usually not deeper than 100 ft; Marine House dive House about
45-50 min.; Alona divers had usually 60 min./ dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
both places had no  fresh water for camera; Marine village has camera fees
even at Sumilion island; Alona divers does not charge  camera fees; Tierra
Azul and Marine Village has adapters for chargers 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
As reported in the May '08 issue, the diving is good to very good (lots of
small fishes; water is warm (esp., 28C at Alona divers); viz. is good;
costs are very low.
Tierra Azul (not recommended because it's almost shabby and no pool) only
cost $15 (800 peso)/ nite for a fan room; that includes breakfast and sorta
service -oriented personnel. At Trudi's place, lunch can be packed for ~
$2; dinner can be had for ~ $5 ( 250 peso).
At Alona beach the locals do not really hassle/ hustle you for service for
money.  But, there must be an escort service since one can see Filipino
girls with blonde guys and old guys. 
Lots of photo ops. Much diverse people -- Germans, Czech, French, etc.;
but, al speak English.  Saw signal golby on 1 dive; pygmy seahorse at local
dive site and Baslicasag island.
At Marine Village Dive House (south Cebu) the food was good and when there
are a few people there, they OVER-feed you. Saw barramudi and ghost pipe
fishes (2 types), etc. 
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