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Dive Review of Exotic Resort Divers/Exotic Dive Resort in

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Graham, Scotland, United Kingdom
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports)
Report Number 5250
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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

Water Temp
28   to 30    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox 36 used on dives on Monad Shoal (for Threshers)otherwise Nitrox or
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
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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