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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 - Alona Beach and Alona Vida Resort"
Report Number 8894
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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
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  
must follow guide; Max dive time 60 minutes

Dive Policy
Dive own profile:  must follow guide
Enforced diving restrictions:  Max dive time 60 minutes
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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Shore Facilities  
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Limited shore facilities with lots of foot traffic.  There was always a
security guard, but one should keep an eye on equipment until it is
secured. Dive guides orientate ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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3 stars
Service and Attitude
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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3 stars   
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If partying and the beach scene is the focus of your vacation then this is
an okay choice, but if diving is your focus I do not recommend the resort. 
It is located along a stretch of tattoo places, restaurants, beach massage
parlors, and tacky souvenir shops.  The resort plays loud music until about
midnight and the rooms are very close to all the action, so sleep is
elusive.  The newer rooms in the back are slightly less noisy, but still
the noise can be heard with the windows closed and air conditioner

Although wi-fi is supposed to be available in the rooms it is not available
in the quieter rooms in the back.  Our friends stayed closer to the noise
and they could get wi-fi, but we stayed in the back rooms and we could not.
 After asking twice at the reception desk they finally said someone would
reset the back router, but it never happened.

I didnt think the service was friendly but it certainly was slow. Food
prices are higher here than in the other Sea-Explorer locations.  You have
many restaurant choices in Alona Beach.  The resort has a restaurant in the
front and the free breakfast includes menu choices up to a certain peso

When we were ready to leave they told us to bring our bags up to the front
which required a fair amount of toting back and forth.  Finally a security
guard noticed and offered to help.

Since the diving was poor (see review below) there is no reason to come to
Alona Beach unless you want to party.

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