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Dive Review of Johnny's Dive/Paras Beach Resort in
Philippines/Camiguin Island

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by John Crossley, CA, USA
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Report Number 4378
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
60 resorts & 20 livaboards mostly in Asia & Pacific
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive computer profile within no deco limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Had to remind each day to bring rinse bucket.  No rinse tank filled &
ready at shop
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Paras Beach Resort & Johnnys Dive, Camiguin Island, Philippines

Diving July 2008, Visibility 30-100+ depending on site. Water Temp. 82.
Paras Beach Resort is one of the nicest resorts on Camiguin Island, about
70 km north of Cagayan de Oro.  The resort will arrange transport from the
airport in Cagayan or you can take a taxi or bus to the ferry at Balingoan.
 The resort will pick you up once the ferry gets to Camiguin Island.  Paras
has clean air con rooms with cable TV for about $55 per night, which does
not include breakfast.  They have a very nice pool, and two billiard tables
with no charge for guests. Their restaurant has a somewhat limited
selection and the food is just fair, but prices are reasonable.  Johnnys
Dive operates the diving concession at three resorts (Paras, Secret Cove,
and The Caves), and their main shop is at Paras.  Johnnys uses a small
wood banca as their dive boat on days with four divers or less.  They have
a bigger boat but I did not see it.  Conditions on the banca would be
crowded for more than two divers, so I was glad I was the only diver for
three of my four days.  I had to remind them three days to bring a rinse
bucket for my camera, and only one day did they have an equipment rinse
tank filled with water when we got back from the dives.  We left each day
at 8:00 am for two morning dives and were usually back by about 12:30. They
will do afternoon dives if you want. Allan was the best of three dive
guides I had in four days.  He was more enthusiastic than the others and
more pro-active in finding critters.  We had 100+ ft. viz at Old Volcano
which had some nice soft corals and interesting formations.  There also was
a big black frogfish and yellow pygmy seahorse there.  Other dives included
some black and white banded sea snakes, a cuttlefish, scorpionfish, several
types of anemone fish, porcelain crabs, a variety of little shrimps and
crabs, and the usual tropicals.  I never saw any big fish, sharks, or rays.
 One dive site near White Island would be good for a dusk Mandarin fish
dive because we could see several of them in the corals even in the
morning. Some dives had very healthy hard corals and there was not much
coral damage.  Johnnys Dive typically visits dive sites on the north and
northwest side of Camiguin Island that the Mantangale dive resort does not
usually go to.  Mantangale typically sticks to dive sites on their side of
the mainland or on the eastern side of Camiguin. Overall, Paras Beach
Resort and Johnnys Dive were pretty good but not great. Its worth a few
extra days if youre in the area.  

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