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Dive Review of Exotic Resort Divers/Exotic Dive Resort in
Philippines/Malapascua

Exotic Resort Divers/Exotic Dive Resort, Nov, 2009,

by Graham, Scotland, United Kingdom (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports). Report 5250.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Bermuda, Red Sea, Galapagos, Hawaii, Maldives., Mauritius, Seychelles, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 28 to 30 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 5 to 20 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Nitrox 36 used on dives on Monad Shoal (for Threshers)otherwise Nitrox or Air
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No specific UWP facilities but guide went out of his way to find small critters and allow UWP opportunities

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Malapascua bills itself as the place on the planet for Thresher shark encounters (Monad Shoal). It delivered, with Thresher sightings (one trip really outstanding) on 2 out of 4 dives, with one other dive yielding Manta/Devil ray sighting. Be prepared for a really early start (c.4.30/5am) and don't expect lengthy Thresher sightings (if at all). 50% hit rate for Threshers we were told is about average. There are virtually no medium sized-fish (the dynamiters have taken care of that!). However, the small critters were there in abundance (Sea Horses, mating Mandarin fish, many flatworms and nudibranchs, crabs, blue ringed octopus, pygmy sea horses, shrimps of all sizes and colours etc.).
The Exotic Resort is not flashy but the accommodations were clean and comfortable and the food/service very good. The Exotic Dive operation on site was good. Service was great. All dives within 10 mins to 1 and a half hours from the resort. We packed in 21 dives over 5 and a half days, averaging an hour a dive. The local guides are good and great at picking out small critters that we would never have spotted.
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