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Dive Review of Boardwalk Dive center in
Philippines/Subic Bay

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by wesley copley, AE, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5904
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Thailand,Kuwait,Austraila,Philipines,Bali
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
25   to 30    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
15   to 20    Meters  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
I was taking a tech wreck and extended range course so the limits were
impose by the ANDI standards  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
N/A  
Small Critters
  N/A
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Subic Bay diving was impressive if you want so great wrecks. The boat trip
from shore to any wreck in the harbor is just mins (10 at the most) and
then the quality of the wrecks is out of this world. Subic is a protected
harbor that the US Navy had for a long time until turning it over to
Philippines and at the time the Navy did not allow just anyone to dive
there. Now it is open to all. A bit of a pain getting there and if you
bring your own gear a might costly to pay the baggage fee (depending on
airline)  
Once there though its quite and not a lot of people around, word has still
not gotten out as to the quality of these wrecks.
I course was taught by an ANDI instructor from Thailand (I used him there
for my gas blending course) so we just hooked up with Boardwalk Dive center
for the gas and boat. Very friendly staff. 
The thing I am not happy with is the cost of my gas (always Nitrox 32-36
mix) I was charged over $100 a day and had to pay for the instructors gas
as well, a surprise to say the least. 
The boat rides as I stated, were just minutes and even here I the hellhole
0f the world I only pay $18 for a tank of 32. 
I can only guess that its the standard "rape the Americans"
motto that Philippines are known for. Only bad time is the cost.
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