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Dive Review of Philippine Island Divers/SunApartelle in
Philippines/Alona Beach, Bohol

January, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Hofman, CA, USA
Report Number 2413
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, PNG, Fiji, Vanuatu, Belize, Costa Rica, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Strong recommendation to limit the dive to 60 minutes, but it wasn't
enforced too much  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
The operation is not particularly set up for UWP, as most divers are not as
experienced.  No facilities on board the boats and on shore facilities have
camera wash with regulators.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
As our expectations were not very high, we were pleasantly surprised by the
diving at this location.  There were a number of interesting sites, some
variety in fish life and good support from the dive organization.  Although
there are a number of dive operations at this location, we would strongly
recommend this operation as they are the most professional we found.  We
dove for three days with another operation which had a great dive master,
but boat operations and captains were terrible (drinking beers while we
were diving, one rented boat couldn't start so divers were waiting for
almost an hour for a pick up after a dive).  Accordingly, our experience
with Philippine Island Divers was completely professional.  They were able
to supply Nitrox (even found a leak in the seal of the tank before a dive
and were able to get another tank within 15 minutes); the dive masters were
interested in showing nudis, cleaner shrimp and other special items without
being cloying and the support organization was great.
Our hotel was away from the beach and was quite pleasant.  It had a great
pool and each room was a mini-apartment with a complete kitchen and
balcony.  Should you go, stop off at the supermarket before you leave the
city you fly into for provisions, as there are only small shops by Alona
Beach.  There are some very good restaurants (especially an Italian
restaurant on the road to the beach) and other features to make this a nice
destination.  If you haven't flown through Manila before, be prepared: it's
not the easiest airport to find food (at any hour) and expect to go through
security about 10,000 times.  Luggage and customs is also strange....But
the people are great and the country is beautiful!
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