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

Peter's Dive Resort, Jan, 2012,

by Carl D Scott, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports). Report 6432.

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

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
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 N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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
UW Photo Comments 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):

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