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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 - Dauin and Pura Vida Resort"
Report Number 8895
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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
Dumaguete or Cebu
Getting There
Cebu is a direct international
hop, but a long transfer from

Dive Conditions

Water Temp
26   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
4   to 15    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
must follow guide
Enforced diving restrictions:  max dive time 60 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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Dive guides orientated to cruising not photography.  Discussion with dive
manager and guide resulted better guide support for photography and small
critter spotting.  Macro opportunities ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Dive Operation
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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1 stars   
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The resort was our second favorite of the four Sea-Explorer locations and
is located on a quiet island with beautiful views of the ocean.  We stayed
in a standard bungalow (Cardinal Room) toward the back of the property for
5 nights.  The standard bungalows are very cute, though just a bit small,
with lovely front porches and thatched roofs.  The upgraded bungalows were
toward the front and some had ocean views.  They looked quite lovely. 
Wi-fi is available in the room.

Breakfast is served buffet style above the dive center and consisted of
fresh fruit, fresh fruit juice, and a selection of eggs, pancakes, ham and
bacon, cheese, etc.  Lunch and dinner is served down in the bar area that
faces the ocean.  Lunch and dinner selections are made from a menu and we
especially enjoyed the mango and coconut shakes.  Note that there are
several restaurants in town (about 10 minutes from the resort) if you have
the time and know where to go.  We tried a restaurant called Cats that was
great.  (Try their avocado shakes  delicious.)

The dive operation
The dive operation has very friendly staff and everyone works hard to
please.  The rinse tanks are convenient and the drying rack in front is
convenient for hanging wetsuits.  All gear is locked up in the dive center
at night.  Our dive guide, Nixee, was extremely friendly and made an extra
effort to accommodate our desire for muck diving.  She showed us many
wonders on the black sand.  My only recommendation to the dive operation in
general is that they should take a few minutes to speak with divers at the
beginning of the stay to explain the diving options available, the current
conditions, and design a plan so that divers can dive according to what
they want to see.  Dauin has world-class muck  ...
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