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Dive Review of Exotic in

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Karen Guthrie, CA, US
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Report Number 6076
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, PNG, GBR, Thailand, Palau, Hawaii, Catalina Island California,
Bahamas, Grand and Little Cayman, Cozumel, La Paz Mexico, Belize.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Viz was not so hot and the Thresher sharks were far enough away that you
were shooting available light but the Mandarin Fish were great and so
photogenic.  Be careful of the sand as the whole resort has sand paths and
so sand gets everywhere but there are little puddles of water near the
stairs to the rooms so that you can desand your feet.  I got a few drops of
water into my housing and when I later removed the oring I found one grain
of sand.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
1 stars   
4 stars    
The good: we saw Thresher sharks 3 of the 4 mornings that we got up at 4 or
5 am to go see them and twice they were circling for a long time getting
cleaned with us just stuck to the bottom trying to move as little as
possible watching them.  We also got to see Mandarin Fish mate at sundown
and several large Devil rays came by during those early morning dives.  We
saw a couple of octopus out hunting and some neat little critters.  There
is definitely more to do here than just the sharks.  The dive op runs great
and there are about four boats going each day so you have a choice of
programs and could easily do 4 dives a day.  The diving is off their native
boats that show on the website and that is neat and different and they are
VERY stable.  It is a bit of a long drop off the bow for your giant stride
and I took to jumping in with my reg in my hand because the old gums were
getting a bit dinged up but it was not a problem and the ladder that went
down next to the center hull allowed easy boat reentry.  The restaurant
food was pretty good but the full board meal plan is a different menu from
the other and the choices are more limited but there is plenty of food on
it.  They have great two hour massages for $30.  There are a number of
extra fees and for us they added up to $575 in four days.  That is
massages, about one beer per day and bottled waters and fees for different
parks or dives and nitrox.  We did 10 dives 8 nitrox.  If the dive is
shallow they just put you on air.  The air-conditioners worked great (we
are not used to heat or humidity and I wanted to keep my camera dry for
repacking so I was very glad it worked.)  No mosquitos, not one bite and
they usually love me!  We overnighted at the Raddison Blu in Cebu City and
it was a great hotel next to a very modern mall so that you could go get
dinner without having to pay upscale hotel prices and on Orbitz the prices
were not outlandish.

The BAD.  The showers were salty and from what I have heard from people not
connected with the resort they are that way over the entire island.  It is
not just Exotic Dive Resort's problem.  Also, since the water is salty I
gather that it plays havoc with the water heaters because we got one warm
shower in four days.  Since it is not cold there it is not too big of a
problem and the saltiness is reduced from seawater so you don't itch or
anything it is just odd.  One dive had outrageous current and they didn't
abort.  So, my octo decided to start free-flowing even after we got out of
the current causing some tense moments.  I think they should have aborted
because that site is famous for the current so they couldn't say they
didn't expect it.  I don't really enjoy dragging myself down the anchor
line in 3 knot or so currents and there was nothing that great to see down
there except a mantis shrimp.  NOTE: Advanced Certifications are required,
that is the first time I have ever seen that, and the diving is not as
advanced as many other things we have done but it is good to be around
divers who know what they are doing.  We both got horrendous outer ear
infections and I had to see four different doctors including specialists,
while one doctor trip worked for him.  I lost the whole second half of the
dive trip trying to deal with the infection and ultimately when the
hospital in Moal Boal (where we had transferred to trying to see the bait
balls) said they had done all they could we gave up and returned to Cebu
City to see the specialist thus ruining most of the second half of his
diving as well.  I wonder if it was diving so close to shore in the
twilight dive to a considerable population or if we were both just unlucky.
 In all our diving we have never hit an outer ear infection before.  I
would suggest alcohol and vinegar 2:1 as the Ear specialist suggested to me
after dives to prevent this.  

Summary, if you are in love with sharks as my husband is this is the only
place to reliably see the majestic Threshers and it is worth it.  The other
diving is pretty good too and the resort does great for as far from
civilization as they are.

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