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Dive Review of Mantangale Dive Resort in

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by John Crossley, CA, USA
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Report Number 5104
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Fiji, Bali, Thailand, Truk, Palau, Yap,Hawaii, PNG, Lembeh,
Florida, Bonaire, Cozumel, Galapagos, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Boat will have a rinse bucket and there is a big cameras-only rinse tank at
the resort dive shop.  The big banca has plenty of space to work on a
camera (change lens, etc) safely between dives.  Dive shop area has tables
but not separate cubicles.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
I reported last year that I thought the Mantangale Dive Resort is the best
dive value I've ever seen.  This year was my fifth trip, and they improved
even more.  Now they will use their big banca to go to dive sites on the
far side of Camiguin Island, even with just a few divers on board.  It's
spacious and comfortable with lots of shade, padded seats, and a toilet. 
It's not as fast as the speedboat, but is a smooth trip.  We went to Old
Volcano, with splendid vistas, 100 ft or better viz, and some nice soft
coral bushes clinging to the slopes of the old volcano.  Cabawn Point also
had some really nice soft corals and the dive guide, owner/manager Dodong
Uy, found three red pygmy seahorses in a sea fan. The Mantigue dive site
had five schools of different fish coming and going. As usual, Paradiso had
great soft corals of reds, pinks, yellows, orange, and white.  It was like
an underwater garden in full bloom.

The Mantangale resort offers basic but very clean air conditioned rooms, a
good restaurant, a beautiful pool, and lots of amenities for non-divers. 
They also offer free Nitrox and a lunch as part of every two-tank dive
trip.  Service is excellent and they'll provide van transports from the
Cagayan de Oro airport, which is just a $100 round trip ticket from Manila
on Cebu Pacific Airlines.
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