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

Philippine Fun Divers/Isis Bungalows, Jan, 2012,

by Carl D Scott, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports). Report 6433.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 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 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments 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):

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