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Dive Review of Magic Island Dive Resort/same in

November, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Patricia A. Sinclair, LA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
an hour per dive - doing 3 to 4 dives a day  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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Shore Facilities  
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great subjuect matter, but no camera room and nothing on the boats for
camera storage dring the trips ...
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My Philippines Adventure  4/18/2013 to 4/28/2013

The Trip to the Philippines 
On Thursday, April 18th at 3:00 AM, I awoke and prepared to head to the
airport for my long anticipated trip to the Philippines.  Not only was this
to be my first trip to the Philippines, but it was my first trip ever to
the Pacific for diving.  I was excited and more than ready to go.

I arrived at the airport (after driving to the park and fly, ensuring that
I had locked my van and catching the bus) at 4:30 AM.  My LAX flight (first
class, all on points) was to leave at 6:20AM, and I like to be way ahead of

I did my check in at the counter, where they went ahead and checked my bags
all the way through to Cebu (my final destination in the Philippines) but
not me.  Wonderful, I thought   no bag drag through LAX!  I would rue that
courtesy in coming days.  

I made the mistake of trying to find some coffeenothing was open at NOLA
(MSY).   I ran around the airport and concourse looking for anything that
looked like it was open or about to open.  I found one that was readying to
open and decided to wait until they opened at 5:30AM.  With the growing
line, I am glad I stuck around, otherwise the wait in line would have been
well over 30 minutes.  Got my coffee and headed back to Gate 1, sat down,
got out the iPad and did a check in, checked my email, checked Facebook and
then went back to reading the novel I had.  

Plane left on timea surprise because many times, even with the first
flight out, something happens to delay the flight.  Arrived in Houston
without issue, and then it was the run across the airport to my next
flight.  Sure enough it was delayed for an hour, but I had built in a lot
of time to my schedule so that I would arrive in plenty of time to catch my
Philippine Air flight to Manila.   

Arrived in LAX and found I had to switch terminals, so after asking around,
I caught the bus between terminals and headed to the International
Terminal.  Got there and had to walk through the most atrocious noxious
fumes and pollution I have ever encountered, I gagged and my eyes started
watering and it continued until I got inside.  The International terminal
looked old and dirty to me and the signs were few, and people to help you
were almost non-existent.  I looked around for Philippine Airnothing  no
signs, no windows.  Asked around and was told it was in the thi
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