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Dive Review of Sea Explorers Philippines/Pura Vida in

April, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by BOB HUCKABEE, CO, US
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"Visayas - Cabalo"
Report Number 8893
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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 international hop from
Hong Kong, Singapore, ... 

Dive Conditions

Water Temp
26   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
4   to 15    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
30 meters max.  60 min. max. :  must follow guide  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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Dive guides orientated to cruising not photography.  The Visayas are
reported to have 10-30 M visibility.  Perhaps we arrived at a seasonal
change.  Mostly wall diving with poor visibility.
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3 stars
Service and Attitude
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Value for $$
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4 stars   
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The resort
The Pura Vida resort is beautiful and sits on a remote, quiet island.  The
island didnt have electricity until 2015.  If you come here I highly
recommend getting an upgraded, upper story room for the sunrise views
alone.  They are so beautiful that I am going to frame one of the many
pictures I took from the veranda.  Wi-fi is only available in the dining

The Cabilao resort is one of my all-time favorites in terms of the views
and the room.   The upgraded rooms are up on a cliff so youll be climbing
steps to get to your room.  Although these rooms are not as convenient as
the standard rooms are to the dive center, they are more convenient to the
dining hall which is located halfway up the hill.  Breakfasts consisted of
fresh fruit and juice, mango crepes, bacon, eggs, cheese, etc.  You select
lunch and dinner from 3 options that change daily.  Since there are no
other restaurants on the island you must pick from the limited menu.

The dive operation
The dive operation was fine but not 5 star.  I asked for a large tank but
there were none available and no follow-up from the dive center.  You can
hang wetsuits on a rack that dries quickly because it is in front of the
ocean and the breezes dry everything in short order.  The rinse tank was
convenient to the drying rack.  All gear is put away nightly.  You are
responsible to rinse out your gear and either put it in your bin or bring
it to the boat. 

Safety  in general, I think Sea-Explorers is ...
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