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Dive Review of Arthurs Resort in

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Joseph Gallagher, IN, US A
Report Number 809
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cairns, Australia, West Palm Beach, Fl, Gloucester, MA, Gilboa, OH
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 72    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Shore diving was problematic, the visibility depended very much on the
current which could raise havoc with the silt on the ocean floor and the
plankton.  Off shore diving 15min to 30 min ride on a small craft was
fantastic.  The currents, sometimes strong, provided outstanding visibility
and in the protected parts of the reef great subject matter and outstanding
photgraphic opportunities.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Anilao in Batangas is a two to three hour taxi ride (depending on Manila
traffic)  from downtown Manila.  Leaving early, 5-6 am, makes a day trip
possible arriving back to Manila between 5-8 PM.  The roads in Anilao can
easily be blocked by heavy rainfall, so check conditions before leaving.  

The off-shore diving makes the trip well worth the ride and if you have the
time for an overnigth stay will provide great opporunities for grat dives. 
Accomodations at the dive resorts in Anilao are rustic by most Western
standards, but most provide direct access to the beach and have facilities
for rinsing dive equipment.  Arthur's Place provides tanks and weights and
dive equipment for rental as well as a small motorized boat to reach the
better dive sites.  The dive masters are very friendly and accomodating
willing to let the diver set the pace and depth of the dive. 

The Philippines offer breathtaking diving with all types of little
critters, nudibranchs are especially abundant, living on vibrant reefs of
soft and hard coral.  Anilao is no exception and is the most accessible
dive spot from Manila.      
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