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Dive Review of Scuba Tech Philippines/Portulano in
Philippines/Anilao Batangas

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Penhearow, ON, CA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 6370
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Canada, Florida, Caribbean, Hawaii, Sipadan, Philippines, Thailand,
Madagascar & Mauritius
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
25   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Providing it was agreed with D/M  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Not set up for camera
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
Enjoyed 20 dives at Portulano under the auspices of Andy Davis - a dive
consultant with Scuba Tech Philippines. I chose Andy to complete my Padi
Rescue course, as well as to enhance dive skills.

The Resort
From Manila, Portulano takes around 3-hours & costs $170 by taxi
(return) - very expensive considering the economy. Portulano is a small
family run operation. As a small friendly, family business it is fine. No
frills, a/c for a little extra but rather basic with internet on a hit
& miss affair. The strength of Portulano is good food with very
friendly/helpful staff. However, as a dive operation it is rather poor:
difficult access to the water and damaged rental equipment - not

The Dives
Shore diving: This consisted of 80% of all dives. Anilao is a rather nice
and easy diving area. It's strength is nudibranch who are there is
abundance. It's weakness is larger pelagics. 

Saw: Blue Ring Octopus, Cuttle fish, Decorated Crab, Razor Fish, Moreys,
Trigger fish, Lion fish, Squid, Catfish, Pipe fish etc.

Boat dives:
Again rather expensive, but we waited and teamed up with another couple and
shared the costs:

Ligpo Island: Wall dive 5M-25M.Looking for small sharks in cave - none.
Beautiful coral -  but nothing really exciting (overrated).

Dive & Trek (fish sanctuary): Demon Stinger, Starry Pufferfish, Sergent
Majors, Giant Clams, Lizard fish etc. Real fun dive!
Mainit Point:Black Ribbon Eel, various Nudibranch, large schools of
anthers, Mantis Shrimp. Beware - Moderate to Strong current!

Secret Bay: 'Muck Diving" fabulous for Nudibranch!

Night Dives - These are my favourites - Great!
Reef Octopus, Turtle, Cuttlefish etc. 

In summary: Recommend Andy Davis as a dive consultant; but cannot recommend
Portulano as a dive resort -despite the friendly staff - unless some
capital investment takes place.
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