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Dive Review of Kasai Village/ Marine Village in
Philippines/Moalboal, Cebu

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Michael rosenberg, rI, uSA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4770
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Mexico, Cocos, Galapagoes
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
I was solo, so dove with the dive masters  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Divemasters very careful and protective of photo gear= no specific
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Crashed at Microtel Mactan Island near Cebu Airport after long travel from
Eastcoast- Euro Hip and a good moderate priced alternative to ShangraLa.
Chic very expensive spot next door (same owners) if you want very upscale
dinner in the most beautiful open restaurante I've seen. Grab the food, as
it deteriorates down Island. Pick ups always on time or early, they need
the work badly. Getting thru Cebu City an eye opener- poor and polluted-
but it gets better. Three hours later warmly welcomed with fresh flowers
and smiles at Kosai. A very tidy beautiful spot overlooking sea and distant
volcanos on Negros. Everything about the resort great, except the food. but
they are aware of that fact, and working on new menu etc (my wife- a great
cook- helping give ideas) Local markets have all the ingredients, so it is
do able. Their cooks lack the exposure, so not sure if it will happen.
Other eating spots a 15 min. tricycle ride away, but we were beat, and it
was very hot. Dive staff from Sweden top shelf and fun; pointing out the
incredible wealth of macro plants and animals that I would have missed. All
the exotics are there, and in good shape. Coral life fab. Large Green and
Hawkbills on most dives, as were the coral banded sea snakes. One couple
saw whale shark. Snorkeling out to drop off a short swim from end of the
100 yard pier very healthy, except one day tide pushed in tons of trash,
which fortunately,did not return. Did one day repelling into waterfalls,
which was cool.
After a week, as suggested by Mike Anderson in a previous Undercurrent, we
headed down to the tip of Cebu to Marine Village Dive House- the main
facility more tired than their Website, and a noisey ferry dock next door
blasting bad music was not acceptable to us;They kindly showed us more
upscale appt. they had (Bonga Villas) and at same cheap price and free 5
min rides as often as we liked. Staff and diving great and cheap, but close
dives not as pristine as Moalboal, but they will take you to more distant
and exotic sites with a 3 diver min. My wife non-diver, so I did not want
to be gone all day, but snorkeling with morning dive (they did not charge
extra to put wife on Whaler, as they did at Kosai) and off shore at Bonga
very good. Food also much better, not gormet by any standard.
All of the people we dealt with very warm and generous of spirit helped
make the trip
Hong Kong for a few days on the way back was a fabulous contrast, and made
the return 
trip easier- oh we were more relaxed too !
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