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Dive Review of Munting Buhaning beach camp in

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Chris Stack, CA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4691
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Cebu, August 2008
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
78   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions. Allowed to dive max time on dive computer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
2 stars    
Nasugbu is about a 4 hour bus ride from Manila.  I stayed in a beach camp
with several hotel style rooms, tree houses, and nipa huts. The resort was
inexpensive ($45/nite) and had a nice beach with a restaurant that served
so-so philippino style food.  The dive operation was in an adjoining resort
so I was required to take a banca to get there ($50/day) but I negotiated a
better fee.  The dive operation at the other resort was small and had only
been added in the last year. They had a small 80hp boat and a larger 6-8
diver banca used for diving. Since I was the only one out, I took the
smaller boat. The dive staff was curtious and friendly but rather
inexperienced, the dive master lacked his rescue diver certification
"due to lack of money".  It was however, very reasonable. For a
two tank dive, I paid only $42 including tanks and belts. No Nitrox
available. I don't have photo equipment but for those who do, I don't
recommend this since they have no rinse tanks or other setups. We were
going to go to Fortune Island, a 45 min boat ride but the ocean was choppy
that day and I asked for and was cheerfully taken to closer locations.  The
first location, twin islands, had nice corals, lobsters,sea
snakes,lionfish,puffers and many nice small fish but the vis was limited to
maybe 40 feet.  It would have been better but it's not protected and the
local fishermen use it. Also the reason why there was no permanent anchor
spot so as not to attract their attention.  Not so good for the corals
though. The second spot was in a protected area and had an abundance of
giant clams as well as teeming smaller fish and nice coral formations as
well. Saw white tip shark eggs but no mama. No large stuff anywhere,
probably due to overfishing. 
This was a nice place but I think that there are far better (and more
expensive) places to dive near Anilao and Puerto Galero which are further
south. I would have gone there had I not hopped on the wrong bus in Manila.
 Still, it's hard to beat the prices and the laid back atmosphere here. 
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