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Dive Review of Marco Vincent Dive Resort in
Philippines/Mindoro Island

May, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Bonnie McKenna, TX, US
Reviewer   (5 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"An Oasis in the Philippines"
Report Number 8034
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Guam, Palau, Yap, Chuuk, Thailand, Red Sea, California, Florida,
Caribbean, Australia Unspecified]
Closest Airport
Getting There
Manila, taxi/bus to Batangas,
banca to Puerto Galera

Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Safety stops  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Camera room is in the dive center, adjacent to the hotel. It is well
appointed with large stations for each photographer. 
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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4 stars   
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An Oasis in the Philippines  Marco Vincent Dive Resort
Story and Photos by Bonnie McKenna
When I entered the lobby of the Marco Vincent Dive Resort my first reaction
was, I have stepped into an oasis. With welcoming smiles and an
efficiency that rivals most hotels in the world, the staff quickly checked
me in and I was shown to my room in minutes. After traveling, from Texas,
for what felt like a week; all the noise and confusion of travel
On a recommendation from friends, I came to Puerto Galera on Mindoro,
specifically to stay at the Marco Vincent Dive Resort and to do some SCUBA
Mindoro is one of the larger islands that make up the Philippine
archipelago and it is at the apex of what marine scientists call the
richest and most biologically diverse areas in the world, the Golden
On my first evening at the resort I was treated to an sunset cruise on
board Big Beth, Marco Vincents safari banca (a Philippine designed
outrigger boat). The boat departed White Beach for a slow cruise in and
through the waterways and lagoons of the fringe islands. Tropical sunsets
are always filled with a riot of glorious reds, oranges and yellows against
a sapphire blue sky, I was not disappointed.
I had only four days to take advantage of  ...
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