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Dive Review of EasyDiving/Thalatta Beach Resort in

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jason Pellegatto, MA, USA
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Report Number 4845
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bunaken, Lembeh, Galapagos, Cocos, Turks and Caicos, Bonaire, Cozumel,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
83   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
They requested 1 hour dives, but this wasn't really enforced.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
After diving for a week in Malapascua, we traveled down to Thalatta Beach
Resort which is in Zamboinguinta, south of Dumaguete.  This is a small
resort with only 12 rooms.  Prior to booking, I had exchanged about 10
emails with Thalatta asking about the resort, transfers, diving, etc.  All
emails were immediately answered by the owner, Patrick.  Patrick is at the
resort every day, talks with the guests at the bar, eats in the restaurant,
and asked me a few times during the stay if everything was o.k. and if the
food was good.  It's clear that his hands-on involvment has lead to a very
high quality resort.  The rooms are large and comfortable with strong AC,
good showers, and lots of hot water.  The restaurant is excellent.  No
mediocre buffets at this place.  They have a large menu and everything is
individually cooked to order by the chef.  I would definately stay here
again if I return.  The diving was with the on site operator, EasyDiving. 
They have 2 boats.  One is a large outrigger type used for the 30 minute
trips out to Apo Island.  The dive sites closer to the resort use a smaller
speed boat but it has a wide, flat bottom is is very comfortable.  There's
no shade on the small boat, but it's not really needed since the sites are
only 5 minutes away.  The typical schedule is to go to Apo every other day
for a 3 tank trip, but they will add more trips if there is interest.  They
do not charge extra for trips to Apo, however there are "park
fees" for diving there.  If everyone else at the resort is going to
Apo, they will still run the smaller boat to local sites if you're the only
diver, which I was once.  Groups were small with 4 divers.  I made 2 trips
to Apo.  This was the best hard coral that I have ever seen.  Every inch
was covered in healthy coral.  We also saw lots of jacks, schools of
baracuda, lots of sea snakes, a couple of bumphead parrot fish, 2 large
groupers, many turtles and lots of tripical fish.  Very good diving.  The
sites closer to the resort had coral heads spread out over black sand. 
Lots of sea snakes, schools of baracuda and yellow tail baracuda, blue
ribbon eels, pipe fish and frogfish.  The muck diving and macro life was a
notch below my trip to Lembeh, but there was still a lot of small things to
see and the beautiful diving at Apo made up for it.  
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