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Dive Review of Kasai Village in
Philippines/Moalboal, Cebu

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Robin A Masson, NY, US
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 5681
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean, Australia, Thailand, Philippines, Sea of Cortez.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco, come up with as close to 500# as you can.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
The dive shop on shore offered a large camera-dedicated rinse tank.   The
staff would transport your camera gear to the boat if you wanted, or you
could carry it yourself. The boat had a dry area for cameras, and a rinse
bucket, but nothing fancy, and it would have been very crowded if more than
3 photographers aboard.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
	We spent a week at the beginning of June, 2010 at Kasai Village resort in
Moalboal, in the Central Visayas. Kasai is a pretty little dive lodge in
the middle of nowhere, 3 hours drive south of Cebu, the city into which
you fly. There are 13 rooms, a dining room, bar/rec area, pool, and dive
center, and thats it! The food and service in the dining room were
fantastic and the staff was warm, friendly, and eager to please. Their
motto is come as a guest, leave as a friend. And thats exactly what we
did.  We recommend the full board plan:  not only is the food delicious
(close to gourmet), beautifully presented, and from a wide-ranging menu,
but the place is waaaaay off the beaten track, and it would have been a
real pain to have to go out to eat.  The wine list wasn't too good, but it
was ok.
	From the first check-out dive we confirmed that its definitely worth
traveling ½ way around the world for this diving. The reefs are so
healthy, and teeming with fish, every square inch is covered with hard or
soft coral, sponges and anemones, and hiding in the spaces are tiny crabs,
fish, nudibranchs, and other small critters.  There were so many fish that
there were times the schools were so thick you couldnt see through them! 
Just a partial list of what we saw:

* Ornate Ghost Pipefish
* Giant Frogfish
* Blue Ringed Octopus
* Warty Frogfish
* 5 different kinds of Anemonefish
* Sea Moths
* Threadfin Anthias
* Pygmy Seahorses
* All kinds of little shrimp & crabs hiding in anemones, on fans &
on Crinoids
* New butterflyfish and damselfish
* A gazillion nudibranchs
* Dascylluses
* Moorish Idols
* Bannerfish
* Razorfish
* and much, much more!

	Boat diving is from "bancas", long narrow boats with arching
outriggers on each side  the basic configuration of most boats around
there, from the smallest fishing boat to the larger dive boats. There is an
awning strung across a pole in the middle for shade, and some benches to
sit on. Its perfectly serviceable with only two divers aboard, but I can
imagine that with six, it would get quite crowded. The boat crew handled
our gear and handed our cameras to us once we were in the water, and were
happy to haul my gear out of the water for me in order to save my arthritic
knees. The dive sites were within 15 minutes of the resort, with the
exception of Pescador Island, which took closer to 30 minutes. Each dive
was at least an hour long, and ended only because my husband ran out of air
 often the DM, Mike, would stay down with me for an extra 15 minutes or
so, till I got my fill of the shallows. Visibility was huge, probably 100
feet, and the water was calm every day, making entry and exit a breeze.
Most of the dives were on a wall, with the top of the reef as shallow as
20-10 feet, so we could do our safety stop tooling along the top of the
reef, where light played through the wavelets over the soft corals,
anemones and sponges and little damselfish and dascyllus skipped between
the finger coral stems.
	The dive shop consisted of concrete benches with individual showers
[hoses with spigots warm water from the sun], separate big rinse tanks for
gear and photo equipment, and shaded rods for hanging stuff to dry. Basic
but met our needs.  Rental gear was fairly new and well-maintained.  Nitrox
was available for a reasonable flat rate for the entire week.
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