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Dive Review of Johhny's Dive 'n' Fun/Paras Beach Resort in

January, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Carl D Scott, TX, US
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Report Number 6434
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Only restriction mentioned was to surface with 50 bar of air (about 700
psi).  However, this proved flexible, when the guide was finding cool stuff
late in one dive.  Was able to enjoy 75-90 minute dive times, perhaps due
to the fact that I was the only customer at the time.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
First of all, diving is from small banca style boats that, while stated to
accommodate 6, would be a real squeeze for more than 4 people.  No boat
facilities for anything.  Only 1 rinse tank on shore, where your camera
will share water with all other gear.  However, care is taken to avoid
simultaneous use of that tank with BCD's, etc.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
The diving - pretty good.  Some sites are rocky, with scattered corals, but
plenty of fish and invertebrate life.  Others are dense hard coral gardens
or sandy beds of black corals mixed with scattered bommies.  All present
decent photo ops, as I was blessed on 1 dive with a pair of mating nudis
and a pair of mating pleurobranchs (usually seen only at night).  Sea
snakes were on every dive.  Guide is very skilled and accommodating. 
Nitrox was about $5 per dive, as I recall.  This is not a popular diving
destination, but the diving is above average on my personal world scale.

As for Paras Beach Resort, it is designed for the non-diving traveler.  It
has a nice swimming pool, large restaurant that appears designed to
accommodate group functions more than to provide ambiance, 2 regulation
pool tables with sticks that haven't seen new tips in years, and an outdoor
bar with nice staff.  Beach is small, black sand, protected by rock
jetties.  Beds are very comfortable, and rooms are nice with the exception
of the conspicuously absence of electrical outlets!  There were 2 lone
outlets on a desk lap (a la Marriott/Hilton).  This made battery charging
somewhat inconvenient, and you can forget about things like using your hair
dryer here, if that is important to you.  Staff is generally very nice and
accommodating, but all seem to have trouble thinking "outside the
box", so be patient.  Restaurant is not bad, but all meats were
over-cooked and doused with soy sauce, so your grilled marlin steak will
pretty much taste the same as your thin pork chop.  You may want to seek
out another restaurant for some meals (found a pretty good Italian place
about 2 blocks away on the main road).  Overall, I thought the room prices
were a bit steep for what you get, but not ridiculous.
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