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Dive Review of Paul's/Liberty's in
Philippines/Apo Island

December, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by John Woolley, WA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5891
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Puget Sound, Bahamas, Saba, Honduras, Belize, Hawaii, Thailand, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Mostly you wanted to stay with the dive master as he knew where cool stuff
could be seen.  That said, the coral was so wonderful it was fine to stay
in a spot and look provided that the group (3-5) stayed in visual distance.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
Undercurrent readers are up-front and personally aware of the sorry state
of the worlds marine environment.  So shout out loud when you find a
success story like little Apo Island.  A community that recognized that the
reef is their life and stopped its destruction.

Well yes, there is electricity only three times a day for two hour spurts. 
And yes, in the rooms bathrooms you have to take bucket baths.  Those
rooms are however very clean and very comfortable.  Might it be
inconsistent for us to worry about the destruction of reefs, often brought
about by local pollution, and then not stay in a place that is designed to
minimize that destruction because of the lack of amenities?  Ill answer
that: yes.  So go to Apo Island and stay at Libertys Lodge.

But not just because it is the right thing to do, but because youll find
wonderful, wonderful corals and some really nice drift diving, some of
which brings you right through large schools of Jacks.  And youll find
incredibly friendly staff, very knowledgeable dive masters, a yummy but
limited menu, visitors from around the world who are really interesting,
and an island community that welcomes  you to their small village.  And
dont forget to walk through the village and stop at the open-air billiards
pub and shoot some pool.  If you are lucky, you'll get to dance to some
live music (the drummer was one of the dive masters).  There are some
really nice walks around the island, albeit steep walks.

Finally, in the open-air boat that takes you to the island (about 30
minutes) it is quite likely that you will get wet, so be prepared.  But
when you step off the boat, in your wet shorts, you'll be welcomed into
open, friendly arms.
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