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Dive Review of Sea Explorers/Cabilao Beach Club in
Philippines/Bohol

Sea Explorers/Cabilao Beach Club, Dec, 2008,

by Helga Cookson, Brussels-City, Belgium ( 1 report). Report 4782.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving France, Spain, Holland, Truk Lagoon, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 26 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 200 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 90 min max
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Water basin only upon insistent request; big boat entry restrictive and uncomfortable, ladder missing 1 or 2 rungs, bad air quality (set-up next to building site using cement); guides, except for one, don't know how to care for UWPs, tend to complain about the hard work.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I've been twice before to Cabilao Beach Club which was then under different management and everything was fine then. This 3rd time, on 14/12/2008, I had a vestibular accident due to fatigue, diabetes, overweight and infiltration of bubbles through a hole between the two ventricles (severe vertigo, vomiting for 2 hours). The French dive master, who was not present, ordered 50 min. oxygen and next day sent me to a cardiologist in Tagbilaran (2 hours away). After an overnight stay (rehydration drip and 7 hours oxygen) I returned to Cabilao. On 16/12, the dive master said he had spoken to an expert in Cebu and I could dive again to -10m which I didn't feel up to. On 17/12, 84 hours later, he said that he had spoken to 2 experts and I had to go straight away to the recompression chamber in Cebu (5 hours away). With no DAN insurance and credit card, I asked whether Sea Explorers could advance the money which they declined (2500 Euro according to dive master). Luckily I refused to sign a paper drawn up by dive master in bad English that I refused to get hyperbaric treatment (which I could not afford)! So I stayed until the end (28/12). On my last day I learned from a reliable source that the cost for hyperbaric treatment was between 300 and 500 Euro only (which I could have paid). I was furious, flew back to Brussels and went straight away to hyperbaric expert who said I was extremely lucky to have no sequels, confirmed by several exams. I had extensive mail exchange with Sea Explorers who apologised but continue to employ the French dive master who causes nothing but trouble, also with the locals. The new manager runs away to private quarters and drinks spirits in case of stress. NO, I cannot recommend that base and Sea Explorers Management for that matter because of their hostile attitude. Please warn divers to steer clear of them and in particular Cabilao Island (not much to see after a typhoon in July 2007).
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