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Dive Review of Sea Explorers Philippines/Pura Vida in

March, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by BOB HUCKABEE, CO, US
Reviewer   (4 reports)
"Visayas with Sea Explores at Malapascua and Ocean Vida Resort"
Report Number 8885
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Komodo, Lembeh, Bali, Solomon Islands, Anilao, Fiji, Hawaii, Cozumel, Grand
Cayman, Belize, Honduras, San Salvador, Turks & Caicos, St. Vincent,
Closest Airport
Cebu City, Cebu
Getting There
Direct hop from Hong Kong or
Singapore.  The trip from Cebu
airport to Malapascua is a
hectic 5 hour car trip
followed by a small boat ferry
to the resort.   

Dive Conditions

Water Temp
27   to 29    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
4   to 15    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Must follow guide.  Max dive time 60 minutes.  30 m max.
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
1 stars
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Only one small container from mask and camera.  Masks first; soap and
housing dont mix.  Good facilities on shore for dive equipment an
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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4 stars   
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The resort
We stayed 5 nights in an upgraded ocean view room in March 2016.  I
recommend the upgrade, especially if you can get an upper story room.  The
verandas are a great place to relax and enjoy the beach view and a nice
place to hang your wet gear after a dive.  The standard rooms also looked
okay but are farther back and have no beach view.

The internet worked well from our room (room #7) and we had sufficient room
to store our gear.  Although we didnt use it the room has a mini fridge. 
Room #7 is next to the dining room but noise wasnt a problem.  The air
conditioner had a couple of hiccups but management fixed them right away. 
I wouldnt call the hotel high end but it was certainly lovely and we
didnt want to leave.

The food was good.  Breakfast was the best of all the locations and you
select lunch and dinner from a menu.  Also note that you can walk about 10
minutes to town where there are a few restaurants if you want variety.    

The dive operation
The dive center is well organized and the scheduling allows you to do a
(very) early morning thresher shark dive, then come back for breakfast and
still have time to do the morning dives on the boat.  If you use nitrox you
must analyze your tank the night before for the shark dives; otherwise you
can analyze them before your day dives.  However, see my comment below
regarding safety - be sure to verify your tank if you use nitrox.  The dive
guides are excellent, especially Marten and T. Rex.  Vanessa helped me fix
the settings on my new computer and everyone in the dive center is helpful.
 They have a maximum guide to diver ratio of 1:4 and the guides
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