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

January, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Carl D Scott, TX, US
Contributor   (16 reports)
Report Number 6432
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Sulawesi, Palau, Bali, Sumatra, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, Cayman
Islands, Cozumel, USVI, Thailand
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Usually, the only restrictions imposed were safe diving habits.  The guides
will allow you to stay in the water after they or the group has exited, if
you demonstrate competence.  
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
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
A rinse tank is on the boat, as well as a work surface.  However, neither
is exclusively for cameras.  Shore facilities offer a dedicated rinse tank
and dedicated tables.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
My 2nd trip here.  Corals in some places are in excellent health, but no
place has limitless reefs.  Other site are more mixed, with crown of thorns
getting the best of some corals, though the staff collects them on a
regular basis to save the reefs.  Tropical fish life is stunning and highly
diverse.  I'll tell all of the Caribbean divers that you really don't know
what thriving reef systems are, if you haven't been to this part of the
world.  This is true "aquarium diving", with the fish populations
and diversity at a mind-boggling level, against a background of beautiful
hard and soft corals, sea fans, and sponges.  Macro life is also
impressive, with good nudibranch populations, pygmy seahorses, pipefish,
etc. Nitrox is only about $3 per dive.  Gotta love that!  Guides provide
excellent service and are all very experienced at finding interesting
critters for you.  Just can't think of anything negative, or even neutral,
to say about the diving or the diver operations.  It's all top notch. 
Whale sharks are always present December until early May (snorkeling only).
 However, I was not able to make the 30 minute trip to see them, because
there were not the minimum 4-5 divers during my stay.  Just my luck, the
large groups left before my arrival and arrived as I was departing.

As for the resort, it's modest.  However, rates are appropriate for a roomy
air conditioned cottage, at around USD $50 per night (some are less, some
are more).  Restaurant boasts good food and typical Filipino service (slow
and shy, but always well-intended and accommodating).  Not much here but
rooms and a swimming pool, located in a small village with friendly locals,
about 1km from a small town.  If you need an ATM, or anything else that a
TINY convenience store might have, you'll need to travel about 30 minutes
to Maasin.  However, you should want for little in this quiet place, unless
you were hoping to go bar-hopping or souvenir shopping at night.  There are
a couple of karaoke bars nearby, but you can pretty much forget about
souvenirs.  The local residents don't understand that concept.
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