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Dive Review of Badladz in
Philippines/Puerta Galera

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by eric p. johnson, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6389
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Costa Rica, Hawaii, Cozumel, Australia, Bonaire, Thailand, Roatan, Baja.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive with guide and to your demonstrated ability. No depth limits.
Computers welcome. No nitrox.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Girlfriend and I dove with Badladz for 7 days in November, which was
supposed to be the start of their high season. There were few or no
tourists there - maybe because of the recent typhoons or the economy or
lack of any nearby girly bars. The hotel is located on the water in the
small port of PG, away from the tourist nightlife of Sabang and White
Beach. It is within walking distance of five restaurants, two bars, and a
grocery store. Being situated along a malecon that doesnt allow vehicle
traffic, there is little noise. The food is good and inexpensive, with
quite a bit of variety (including Mexican). Despite being their only paying
divers most of the week, Badladz took us to the best dive sites, even twice
to Verde Island (which is much further away than the other sites). Verde
was by far the best dive - a fantastic wall chock full of critters and fish
everywhere. Hole in the Wall was also good. JoJo and Gavin were some of the
best divemasters I have ever dove with.  Knowledgeable enough to know
common and scientific names for most fish and critters, JoJo writes what he
finds on a slate. Both divemasters find that happy medium of support and
informative without intruding. Some of the dives were in heavy currents,
which bring in lots of big jacks. Second dives were often in the bay, which
has zero current and is great for macro. Giant tridachna clams are amazing.
No sharks or other big pelagics. Rental gear is good and new. Just bring
mask, fins, and 3 mil suit. Overall, 4 stars for the experienced (minus one
for limited number of premium dive sites), 5 for the inexperienced. If
heading to PG, go to Badladz for inexpensive personalized dive service, a
decent cheap laid back hotel and restaurant. Unless you need the nightlife
of Sabang, avoid the cattle boat diving of Asia Divers.
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By rskuhn at Feb 14, 2013 21:57 EST  
We spent 2 weeks with Asia divers and loved it.  The fast cattle boat is
used for the remote island dive,  no other dive shop even has a fast boat. 
the other days we were with 4 - 6 divers on a Panga.  Asia divers has
excellent dive guides, excellent restaurant and the only pier specific for
divers. The best managed and professional dive operation we have ever been
with in over 20 years of diving. Ali, Pete, Josh and Jamie who are the
Instructor/DM's at Asia are some of the best in the world.
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