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Dive Review of Sea Explorers/Cabilao Beach Club in

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Helga Cookson, Brussels-City, Belgium (1 report)
Report Number 4782
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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

Water Temp
26   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 200    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
90 min max  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
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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