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Dive Review of EasyDiving/Thalatta Beach Resort in
Philippines/Dumaguete

EasyDiving/Thalatta Beach Resort, May, 2009,

by Jason Pellegatto, MA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 4845.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bunaken, Lembeh, Galapagos, Cocos, Turks and Caicos, Bonaire, Cozumel, Malapascua
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments N/A

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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