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Dive Review of Dive Society/El Dorado in

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Phillip C Gans, CO, US
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 5415
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Philippines, Lembeh, Bunanken, Palau, Cozumel, Mexico, Jamacia,
Dominican Republic, Roatan, Utila, Belize, Sipidan, Layang Layang,
Thailand, Burma, Komodo, Wakatobi, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
I was able to dive almost as long as I liked.  All my dives were an hour or
longer.  they provide complementary Nitrox.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
They did not have speical facilities on the boats for photographic
equipment, but the crew took good care of the equipment. Apo Island had
nice and healthy corals.  The muck diving around the resort itself was
excellant and the conditions were good.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
  The muck diving around the resort was very good.  I saw many of the same
creatures as I saw in Lembeh.  Some of the things that I saw included pygmy
cuttlefish, flamboyant cuttle fish, squid, sting ray, cow fish, puffers,
including juvenile, lion fish, devil fish, Ambon scorpion fish, leaf
scorpion fish, sea horses, thorny sea horse, ornate ghost pipe fish (about
four different colors), hairy ornate ghost pipe fish, hairy frog fish,
painted frog fish, pink frog fish, juvenile frog fish, halmadi pipe fish.
striped pipe fish. stick pipe fish, cockatoo wrasp, wonderpus, octopus,
potatoe groper, grouper, spotted ray, turtles, fire worm, flat worms,
nudibranches, rock fish, crabs,gobies, porcelain crab, crinoid crab, crown
of thorns, flying gormands, pegasis sea wasp, flounder, peacock
flounder,crocodile fish, orangutan crab, sea snake, jack fish, mantis
shrimp, and snake eel.  The diving at Apo Island was also good. The dive
operation was well run. They had dives to Apo three or times the week I was
there, and once to Siquijor (which is reef and wall diving.)  the time to
Apo was probably 40 minutes and to Siquijor about an hour.  (We saw
dolphins on the way back.)  When you go to Apo or Siquijor you do two dives
and come back in time to do a third dive along the coast or do the house
reef.  I was able to do three dives each day, and could have done night
dives, but choose not to.  The dive guides were very good,and had good eyes
to see things. they always offered to carry my equipment, even for a shore
dive.  they went out of their way to be nice. the groups were usually
small.  For two dives I was with a couple who kicked up a lot of sand, but
most of the time I was with good divers.  It was very nice to have Nitrox
and not be charged a lot for it.  The costs for diving is pretty
inexpensive.  A weeks unlimited diving was about $ 550.  most of the guests
were from Switzerland or Germany, and they were not all that comfortable
with English.  the dive masters were very proficient in English.  It is
probably a better idea to go here with a group because of that.  The costs
for a simple room were very reasonable, as well as the food costs.  I am a
picky eater, and I thought that the food was very good.  They pick you up
from the airport, and the costs to fly from Manila are inexpensive, though
you will have to pay for extra baggage weight.  The basic rooms are
inexpensive and just fine.  the sir conditioning worked.  it is not a fancy
resort, but it is well worth the money and very pretty.  The people who
work there are very nice.  It will not be as elegant as Atomosphere, but it
will give great diving and great food at half the cost.
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