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Dive Review of Pacifico Azul in
Philippines/Anilao

Pacifico Azul, May, 2009,

by Eldon Okazaki, CA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 44 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 4814.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving SE Asia, Hawaii, Caribbean, Fiji, Micronesia, Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 27 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions dive w/ group
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments No bucket of water; all cameras not necessarily in shade;
dive crew handled cameras w/ care;
camera table at resort

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments th good: the diving was very good; they had security; the resident DM certainly pointed out many critters but defered to the manager for depth limit for the 4 dives (2 days)which I dived w/ him; the free lance DM (Denis Corpaz) was very skilled in the 6 dives w/ him and even explained the egg cowrie (he may have read the book in Japanese)and some of the dives were over 1 hr. He got a 500 peso tip.
The Filipino staff was polite; good service in the restaurant.
the bad: the resident instructor served as DM for 2 days--not much new stuff and short dives--no tip from me; my room was the tree house (no ensuite bathrom)for lower cost, nice fan(least noise compared to A/C), cold water shower; even more expensive rooms had luke warm water (as complained by another diver); most of the meals were not so tasty; they had poor house-keeping for the rooms and bathrooms except for the restaurant. The resort is geared MAINLY for the Japanese in Manila on weekend diving; then it got very busy even the owner worked weekend.
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