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Dive Review of Peter's Dive Resort in
Philippines/Southern Leyte

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jennifer Widom, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4602
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
reasonable freedom  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 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
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
(same review submitted to tripadvisor)

We stayed at Peter's for New Year's week 2009. We're a family of four, all
divers. We had a great time and recommend Peter's highly.

We paid only $65/night to stay in the family house. It's a beautiful,
spacious, modern place -- a separate bedroom with king-size bed, and two
pairs of single beds in a big area that also includes a living room
(couches, coffee table, television) and a full kitchen that we didn't make
much use of. The house would sleep six comfortably.

The resort is laid out in a relatively compact area along a pebbly beach.
In addition to the house there seems to be a wide variety of
accommodations, from free-standing cottages to rooms adjacent to the
restaurant, dive operation, and swimming pool area. Other family guests
reported enjoying what's called the condo. The web site advertised a pool
table, darts, and internet, but all of those were gone in favor of an
expanded restaurant area. There's a swimming pool, but otherwise at Peter's
there's not much to do besides dive and relax with other guests, which
suited us fine.

The dive operation was extremely well organized and run. Dive sites range
from 1 minute away to about 45 minutes away. Usually there's a two-tank
morning dive possibly to the further-away sites, a one-tank afternoon dive
to a nearby site, and a night shore dive either at the town pier (a
not-to-be-missed superb muck dive experience) or at the house reef. Boat
dives were $24/each although we got a 10% bulk discount. The gear area is
excellent and the procedures well-tuned. Our one slight complaint about the
diving logistics was that the size of the groups per dive guide were highly
variable. Sometimes we had two guides for just our family (despite other
divers on the boat), other times 8 divers with one guide. The guides are
somewhat flexible about divers separating from the group though, presumably
after evaluating competence.

The diving was varied and generally excellent. The Napantao Wall across
Sogod Bay has to be one of the most pristine anywhere, with excellent soft
and hard corals and hordes of small fish. The closer-in sites were also
very good with plenty of interesting creatures. We saw quite a few more
fish in general than at Cabilao (the other place we dove in the
Phiippines), and a number of turtles, but no significant pelagics except
the real stars: the whale sharks.

Whale shark trips (ours was $72/each minus the 10% bulk discount) are run
every few days, at least in the season (November-May?). The boat ride is
about 1.5 hours and it can take any amount of time to find the sharks, if
they're found at all. The trip is organized so that up to three dives are
filled in when whale sharks aren't found or if the encounter is brief. We
did one dive before the sharks were found, then had four magical
experiences swimming with two of them. Only snorkeling is allowed but that
didn't bother us. We planned to do the next scheduled whale shark trip a
few days later but it was cancelled due to rough weather.

Peter himself was at the resort the first 2-3 days we were there, then he
left for Cebu. The resort atmosphere might be a little more exciting when
he's around shmoozing with guests, but the staff -- especially the dive
staff -- were personable and helpful.

The restaurant menu is medium-sized but often major ingredients (shrimp,
squid) were not available. On the other hand, we eventually discovered some
items not on the menu that were available (mango shakes, french fries), so
it's worth asking. The breakfasts were hearty and good. In general the food
was fine but not especially memorable.

We didn't spend much time on land outside of the resort. Some other guests
went into the town (less than a mile away) for variety or internet, but
they didn't report anything too exciting. It's probably possible to arrange
tours to nearby islands or some of the more interesting sites on Leyte.

Overall, Peter's offers a well-run dive experience with good accomodations,
very good day-to-day diving, plus the possibility of whale sharks and the
interesting pier night dive. It's hard to ask for a lot more. We've only
been to one other dive resort in the Philippines (Polaris on Cabilao; see
our separate review) so we can't compare extensively, but we are
well-traveled divers and we certainly recommend Southern Leyte and
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