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Dive Review of Bahura Resort & Spa/Bahura Resort & Spa] in
Philippines/Dumaguete Island

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne & Bill Downey, PA, US
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Report Number 4480
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Caribbean, Cocos, Australia, Socorro, Micronesia, Marshall
Islands, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Suggested depths.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
As part of a FAM (familiarization) trip to the Philippines, we spent 3 days
diving at Bahura Resort on Dumaguete Island, after spending a week on the
liveaboard Stella Maris. From Manila we made a one hour flight on
Philippine Airlines to Dumaguete, where we were transported 40 minutes to
Bahura Resort & Spa. The check-in weight limit was 44 pounds, and
although there was plenty of storage in the plane, carry-on was limited to
one 15 pound bag plus a personal item, which caused some hand-wringing
for photographers. They even weighed some of the carry-on luggage. One
person in our group managed to talk his expensive video equipment onto the
plane; we ended up paying extra for special handling.

The Bahura Resort & Spa is beautiful, with two large infinity pools,
fresh-air restaurant and bar, beautiful grounds, massages, and gourmet
Asian and Western cuisine. The expansive rooms include refrigerators, A/C,
huge bathrooms, TVs with cable and DVD, and small patios. After being on a
boat for a week, this felt like heaven. Mosquitoes were a minor problem.

The diving is from a large out-rigger boat called a banca, roomy with the
eight of us plus staff, but it would start feeling crowded with many more
divers aboard. Travel time ranged from under an hour to Apo Island to two
minutes to the house reef. Each diver was assigned a large crate with his
name on it. These were put in the middle of the back deck where they
sometimes were in the way. Gearing up was interesting due to the nature of
the boat, but one quickly got used to it, and the crew was always helpful.
We did have one person fall while walking down the ramp off the boat, and
another fell across three crates when he lost his balance. Fruit, water,
coffee, and hot tea were available between dives. 

There is a nice variety of diving. Apo Island, dived when its not too
lumpy to get there, has colorful soft and hard corals, sea snakes, and lots
of fish. There can be quite a bit of current and there are numerous
fishermen in their small boats. We saw quite a few fish traps while diving,
and what looked like an abandoned fish net lying all over the shallow reef
for a few hundred yards. We did a dive consisting of three wrecked vehicles
on a sandy bottom where we saw several lion fish and numerous small crabs
and nudibranchs I hadnt seen before. The Ducomi Pier is worth doing all
daywe spent two 80 minute dives searching for strange crittersit reminded
of Lembeh Straits in Indonesia. Fantastic! Right in front of the resort is
a cordoned off sanctuary. It can be dived several different waysshallow
sand, shallow grassy area, reef, and deeper area where the reef and sand
meet. We saw all kinds of interesting things. One evening we spent an hour
watching the Mandarin fish, then headed into the sanctuary for a fantastic
night dive, all five minutes from the resort. Unlimited shore diving is
also available. We didnt see any pelagics, but we did see turtles,
blue-spotted rays, snake eels, a golden mantis shrimp, sea snakes, many
types of anemonefish, numerous nudibranchs, and various schooling fish. We
did three dives each day, each one lasting 80 minutes or more.

The dive operation wasnt perfect. There was a fresh-water bucket, but only
small point-and-shoot cameras would fit into it, and it was a struggle
getting people not to use it for mask rinsing. We arrived early at the boat
one dive to see the crew carrying tanks out, throwing them in the water,
loading them on the boat and then hooking our regulators to them without
purging the tank valve. We quickly explained to Paul, who had come along
with us from the Stella Maris why thats not a good thing. They were
supposed to rinse our gear, but it didnt always happen. Sometimes wetsuits
were brought to the boat, and sometimes they were left back at the dive
shop, so we had to check our crates each morning. The dive shop did have
roomy rinse tanks for dive gear, which we used at the end of the week
ourselves. The resort is only three years old, so some things are still
being ironed out.

While we were at Bahura, the Atlantis resort in Dumaguete took us to their
resort for a tour and evening meal. The food was good and the resort is
lovely. The rooms are smaller and the resort has a more closed-in feel,
with lots of palm trees, but the dive operation looked more organized; they
had a sanctuary in front of the resort as well.

Paul, a native Filipino, deserves special notice. He acted as our liaison,
coordinated our luggage at the airport, made sure we had everything we
needed at the resort, translated for us, checked our bills, organized a
tour, and generally acted like a concerned parent. Id go anywhere with

Although a little rough around the edges, Id definitely return to Bahura
Resort & Spa.

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