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Dive Review of Munting Buhaning beach camp in
Philippines/Nasugbu

Munting Buhaning beach camp, Mar, 2009,

by Chris Stack, CA, USA ( 1 report). Report 4691.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Cebu, August 2008
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions. Allowed to dive max time on dive computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments 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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