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Dive Review of Liquid in
Philippines/Negros, Dumaguete, Dauin

September, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Greg Liebman, IL, US (1 report)
Report Number 6261
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Saba, Cariacou, Grenada, Costa Rica, Bequia,Nicaragua, Red Sea,
Bunaken, Lembeh, Malapascua, Providencia, San Andres
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
27   to 30    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 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  
4 stars  
[None]The boat had a small rinse tank on board for every dive, and the crew
indicated that a more substantial tank would be provided if needed. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
[None]Liquid is a brand-new dive operation built from scratch by owners Tim
and Zoe Latimer, who previously managed dive operations at Exotic Resort on
Malapascua, Philippines, and Dive Little Corn on Little Corn Island,
Nicaragua. The resort currently consists of 8 ensuite cabanas, all with a
sea-view, clustered near the beach and next to the pool. Each cabana has a
geothermal heated shower, a nice deck, excellent ceiling fan and very
comfortable platform bed. There is a main lodge, set above the dive shop
and classrooms, that has beautiful views of the sea and mountains, a nice
little bar, abundant electrical outlets, DVD/TV/Lending Library and a comfy
lay-about lounge area to socialize. WiFi is pretty fast and free, and
prices for the cabanas and meals are very reasonable. Breakfast is a small
menu of either eggs, homemade muesli or fruit with excellent home made
bread. And REAL coffee--all you want! The lunch and dinner menus vary from
day to day, with the menu posted on chalkboards the day before. Dinner is a
fixed menu,with a single seating, with guests dining together and requested
to make reservations each morning. Outstanding food! 
The Diving-- I'm becoming a reluctant convert to muck diving, and
Dauin/Dumaguete is definitely a place to indulge that growing interest.
Whether shore diving, or making a short trip by boat, the macro is
exceptionally good. Ornate and robust ghost pipefish abound--some sites you
will discover 5 or more in one location! Frogfish on nearly every dive, sea
snakes, nudis of every imagineable description, and the highlight--
flamboyant cuttlefish! Though I didn't see any, seahorses, blue-ring
octopus, and many other muck diving delights were seen by others while I
was visiting. There are several excellent sites up and down a short section
encompassing most of the dive operators in Dauin, and several have
established mini-marine preserves where fishing is prohibited. 
When you're ready for some color and fish, Apo Island and Siquijor are
day-trips, and are run regularly from Liquid. Apo lived up to it's
reputation for healthy, vibrant coral, and the walls at Siquijor are
reminiscent of the walls at Bunaken. (though the fish are less abundant)A
tasty picnic lunch is provided for either of those two or three tank
trips.Dive guides are local, and as such are masters at finding what you
want to see. Dive groups are kept small, and great care is taken to put
divers of comparable abilities with one another to improve the dive
experience. Experienced divers are given more latitude to dive their own
profile within limits, once they've demonstrated their abilities. The dive
boat, Sea Dancer, is a typical Philippine bangka with open-top head, GPS,O2
and radio on board, and entry is giant stride. Very accomodating and
experienced boat crew that seem to really enjoy interacting with the divers
and do everything they can to make the dive more enjoyable. Night dives are
available on request, as is most anything else you might like to do. Tim
and Zoe are encouraging above-water guests to explore the nearby mountains
and parks, and will work hard to put together day or overnight trips to
anywhere on the island you might be interested in visiting. Everything at
Liquid is new, and reflects their commitment to building a first-rate
operation. From rinse tank construction to the hot water rinse-showers, you
can tell that both Tim and Zoe are instructors commited to the dive
experience. Instruction from open-water though Divemaster programs and the
IDC is conducted on-site by Tim, who is a Master Instructor. 
Getting to Liquid is relatively easy. However you get to Manila, there are
daily flights to Dumaguete at very reasonable prices with both Cebu Pacific
and Philippine Air, and Liquid will meet you at the airport for the short
drive to the resort. For the budget-conscious, there are also ferries
available from multiple islands and Manila. Prices are very inexpensive,
and it is clear that Liquid is focused on providing a comfortable but
affordable diving experience. 
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