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

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Carl D Scott, TX, US
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Report Number 6070
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, much of the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Palau, Thailand
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Not many restrictions, aside from keeping dives short enough to fit in as
many as you want for the day.  Very flexible staff!  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Main boats have large dedicated rinse bucket (though divers are allowed to
put masks there, too, for whatever reason they do so) and table, shaded
areas on the small boat sometimes used for close sites and few divers. 
Shore facilities include a dedicated rinse tank and plenty of table space. 
Some very good muck diving, as well as millions of reef fish for subject
matter.  Whale sharks reportedly seen the week before I was there.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Peter's is about a 4 hour drive from the Tacloban airport, private van was
negotiated down to 3,000 pesos, or USD $70 at the current exchange rate. 
Bus can be taken for much less to Maasin, probably less than 500 pesos,
from which you'll need to get another van or jeepney to take you back to
Padre Burgos (Lungsodaan barangay), where Peter's is located.  However, if
you tell the bus driver to stop in Lungsodaan, you can probably get dropped
off right there in front of Peter's, which is across from the barangay
hall.  Once you arrive, you'll find a very hospitable staff awaiting you. 
Rooms are average by US standards, typical Philipina fare.  My bed was too
soft, which is not typical of the area.  Plenty of warm water in the shower
via immediate electrical heater, drinking water in the room and in the
restaurant.  Rates are reasonable, but not a steal, though smaller rooms
are around USD $50, as I recall.  Dives are about $27 each at today's
exchange rate, nitrox available for only a few dollars more! (I think it
was about $3-4) per dive)  Large boat is typical for the Phils, plenty of
room for 6-10 divers, and I doubt you'll ever see that many here.  There
were only 2-3 divers most days I was there, as May is in the low season for
them.  Food is pretty good, but falls short of excellent.  You will have
instant coffee only, unless you bring some ground coffee, so prepare
thyself.  Otherwise, food choices are broad enough to get you through a
week or two without becoming bored.  The only other dining in the area is a
neighboring resorts.  Didn't try them.  Staff was very good about
accommodating any reasonable food request, going to the market to get
vegetables, etc. that they didn't typically have on hand.

The diving, you ask?  Pretty darn good!  While the reefs here fall just a
little short of being the healthiest I've seen in the region, they are
still very good, overall.  There are a few sites with good numbers of
larger fish and schools, but most will provide visual overload for
tropicals.  I thought that macro was lacking in the more fishy/coral sites,
but a couple of nice muck dive sites here should satisfy any photographer
seeking to click away for an hour or so.  Again, most sites provide
millions of tropicals to enjoy, turtles occasionally appear, and whale
sharks can be seen March-May, if you are lucky.  Shore diving in front of
the resort is excellent, with the reef there being one of the best in the
area.  Definitely recommend this as one for your list of Philippine dive
destinations, and I found this operator to be perfect in most respects.
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