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

Peter's Dive Resort, May, 2011,

by Carl D Scott, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports). Report 6070.

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

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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!
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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