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Dive Review of Expedition Fleet/Borneo Explorer in
Philippines/Tubbataha reef

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Eldon Okazaki, CA, US
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Report Number 5512
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Indonesia,Micronesia,Aruba,etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
29   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
follow the divemaster; 1st dive,  30M or less; 2nd dive of the day, 25M or
less; 3rd dive,20M; 4th dive, 15M; nite dive, 12M; all dives were 45 to 50
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
used chase boats to nearby reefs so no fresh water buckets on chase boats
but lg. tubs on both sides of Borneo Explorer.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
Tubbataha was highly over rated; the first 2 days had mostly brown reefs,
sand, some grass, and usual tropical fishes; it was sorta expensive ($1406
for standard cabin including $75 for marine park fee) for 4 days of diving;
10 hrs. for ship  to travel to Tubbataha; last 2 days had up to 4 dives per
day but you could do up to 5 dives the first 2 days; for me, the only
unusual creature was the Marble ray; the food was plenty and tasted very
good; the crew was very polite and helpful and well organized by Vanny;
Gigi the divemaster was cute;Gugs the other divemaster pointed out only a
few creatures; the 2 French guys kept mostly to themselves; the 3 Germans
were socialable; the 6 Australians were sorta lively (Jan I. was very
nice); the Hong Kong and Singapore divers( Jenny had good information on SE
Asia diving) were ok; the diving was NOT all that fantastic as claimed by
filippino dive masters; my German roomate made a total of 3 trips to
Tubbataha--less sharks and rays this trip.
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