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Dive Review of Philippine Fun Divers/Isis Bungalows in
Philippines/Panglao Island (Bohol)

January, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Carl D Scott, TX, US
Contributor   (16 reports)
Report Number 6433
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Since some dive trips are to nearby Balicasag Island (worth it), dive times
must be reasonably limited to ensure a sufficient surface interval while
returning near the stated time frame.  However, dive times of 70-75 minutes
were permitted.  Otherwise, safe diving practices are indicated.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 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
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
No boat facilities for cameras.  Shore facilities are limited to a
dedicated rinse tank.  However, there is a table in the dive shop, if you
need a place to do something with your gear.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Alone beach is a popular tourist destination in this area, consisting of
perhaps 1 km of white sand beach, packed with hotels and seaside outdoor
restaurants and small bars.  However, it's not too noisy at night.  Most
visitors are not divers, but there are many.  Most accommodations are
modest by American standards, but prices are typically appropriate for what
you get.  If you want fancy, they have it at a price, of course.  Isis
Bungalows is on the far South end of the beach, away from the busier
sections.  Staff is friendly, but restaurant service is marginal.  Be
prepared to be proactive! Food is good in the Thai-dominated restaurant,
and there is a variety of nearby restaurants serving mostly the same dishes
of fresh seafood, chicken, and pork.

As for the diving, there is a wide variety here.  I highly recommend going
to Balicasag Island 1-2 days during your visit, as the reefs there are
outstanding, teaming with life.  Local dives are a mixed bag, but you never
know what cool things you might encounter there.  Macro critters are more
easily spotted on Panglao sites, as the corals are not as thick.  Service
with PFD is outstanding.  Their guides are top notch, and the office staff
are very accommodating, helping with travel arrangements or anything else
you might want.  I recommend working with them, above trying to work
directly with any of the hotels here.  The service (and competency level)
is that much better.  PFD is truly one of the best run dive operations I've
had the pleasure to dive with.
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