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Dive Review of Exotic Divers/Malapascua Exotic Island Resort in

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Penhearow, ON, CA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 5730
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Ft. Lauderdale, Boracay, Dominican Republic, St. Lucia.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
29   to 31    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
45   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth & exit (750psi) were enforced.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There were no facilities on the boats for a camera. However, back at the
dive centre there was a dedicated tank & battery charge area.
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  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Exotic Divers and resort is a 5-Star operation. The staff are friendly,
helpful and efficient. The dive centre 'top notch,' The food superb, the
accommodation excellent -strongly recommended.

Travel: 1.15 hr flight from Manila to Cebu. A 3-hr taxi (resort pick-up),
followed by a 35 min NE boat ride to the resort.

Accommodations: Housekeeping excellent, clean and comfortable, well
maintained. Probably the best accommodations on the Island. However, little
things missing like fresh water showers (salt water), toothpaste, kettle
& coffee.  

Massage: Absolutely outstanding ask for Wilma! $25/hr.

Dive Staff: All dive gear placed in designated plastic crate which is then
taken to the boat, assembled and cleaned by staff ready for next dive.
Multiple choice dive sites are offered each day. Multiple dive times
offered each day ranging from 5AM -5:30PM. You sign up and your name/dive
site/boat is posted at 5PM the day before the dive. Dive profiles/briefing
with maps were excellent. Emphasis on care/safety. DM well trained, Ronel
is simply outstanding!

6-dives over two days. 
1. Pantaw Pantaw (65'/20.3M)
Lots of micro: Sea Horses, Pipe fish, Nudi, Shrimps etc. 
2.North Point (90'/21M)
Interesting: Frog Fish, Nudi, Squat Shrimp, Manta shrimp etc.
3. Night Dive Light House (25'/7.7M)
Excellent dive: Mandarin Fish, Nudi, Sea Horses, Giant Slug, Scorpion Fish,
Spider Crab etc. The Mandarin Fish alone made the dive!

Now the bigger stuff...
4. Monad Shoal (65'/21.4M) - 45 Min from Resort.
This was an outstanding dive. Up at 4:45AM diving at 6:00AM. The Thresher
Shark is the main attraction where divers come from all around the world to
this sunken Island which acts as a cleaning station for the Threshers. They
did not disappoint!! Within 10 mins a Thresher passed between our little
group of three divers. Then 20 Mins later a large Thresher came gliding
slowly by me about 6' away! It was an unforgeable experience - overwhelmed
by the immense size, gracefulness & power. In addition we saw:
groupers, Snappers & an octopus. Beware - there are many divers at the
resort who have been disappointed with a 'no show.' The Threshers simply do
not turn up at our bidding!

5. Gato Island (15M/48' -20M/65')- 50 Min from resort.
This is a day excursion with lunch provided. We had two dives at this site.
Saw: Sleeping White Tip Sharks in cave, Commensal Shrimps,  Banded Pipe
fish, Clown fish, Nudi etc. 

Summary: A fabulous two day dive experience. Would I return absolutely! 
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