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Dive Review of Club Ocellaris in

April, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne Reeder, MO, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Raja Ampat,Papua New Guinea,Japan,Solomon Islands, Palau, Sudan, Turkey,
Cozumel, Belize,Roatan, Turks & Caicos, Saba, St. Kitts, Statia, Cayman
Brac, Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
2   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
1 stars
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Philippines -- Anilao

Not a Club Member?  Beware.  I wanted to go to the Nudibranch Capital and
indulge in locating and identifying these esoteric critters in their
multicolor glories.  Where to go was a no brainier -- Club Ocellaris at
Anilao, Philippines.  Critter ID folks of the first-order have all gone
there, and never gone away without identifying new species.   My dive buddy
made the transition from film to digital for this occasion, and with my
large 10x magnifying glass in tow, we headed to the Pacific.  

Not receiving any response from Club Ocellaris from my couple of weeks
emailing, foreshadowed my experience there.  Getting a reservation was like
pulling teeth, and I finally had to ask my very patient Reef &
Rainforest agent Katie to intervene.  Dive Master Perry explained that next
time I wanted to come, email him directly.  Returnees get priority and
virgins often do not receive a response.   Club O is a rustic dive resort
which was built by Boy Venus (Manila) a few decades ago for him and his
friends to enjoy undersea pleasures in a laid back, dramatic setting.  
Perry explained that Boy does not want people there who arent good divers
and who kick up sand for the photographers.  Dive masters do not baby-sit
divers.  They are first class spotters of the esoteric and cater to

The welcome we received by manager Joy at Club O was gracious, and as we
walked down the steps from the 100 cliff, we were shown to our respective
abodes.  Asking when we wanted lunch was a good start now or whenever the
group returned.  Always hungry, I opted for 10 minutes.  And that was the
last of the information we received without ferreting it out using a lot of
patience.  There was no briefing about anything, even the basics such as a
schedule for meals and dives.  I asked to meet the dive master and talk
with him before diving the next day. Although I was assured this was
possible, it was not until the next day, about 15 minutes before the dive
that I learned which of the three boats I was on and a comment or two about
procedures.   I only missed one afternoon dive because I was told the
incorrect time.  Since the times varied, I learned to just suit up a half
hour before I thought was the dive time.  The two morning dives were
usually between 08:00-08:30, afternoon or dusk dives between 13:30  14:30,
and dusk and night dives followed depe ...
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