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Dive Review of Sea Explorers/Ocean Vida in
Philippines/Malapascua, Cebu

June, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Frederick R. Turoff, PA, US
Sr. Contributor   (22 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"An enjoyable week"
Report Number 8306 has 1 Helpful vote
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
USVI, BVI, lesser Antilles, Bonaire, all three Caymans , Coco Island,
Revillagigedos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines,
Micronesia, Red Sea
Closest Airport
Cebu City
Getting There
Fly from Manila - leave at
least 2 hours between flights
as there are three terminals
in Manila with the local
flights at a different
terminal than international
flights. Once in Cebu City,
there is a 3-hour car ride
north to the tip of Cebu, then
a half-hour boat ride to
Malapascua. The road is under
much repair this summer, 2015
so it can take longer until
the road is finished.

Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Check your nitrox before dives; most dives went around 1 hour. Only the
thresher shark dive was shorter, since we waited at 95' for the sharks.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
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  3 stars
Tropical Fish
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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Rinse tanks in dive prep area, but only a small bucket on boat, however
boat crew h ...
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5 stars
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Malapascua is a small 1x3 mile island off the north tip of Cebu. Getting
there in June, 2015 involved a short flight from Manila to Cebu City, then
a 3 hour ride north on a road on which many areas are being worked, then a
30 minute boat ride to Bounty Beach, the south end of the island where
there are numerous resorts and dive operations. [If you have a connection
in Manila allow at least 2 hours as there are three terminals, with the
domestic terminals a short ride away from the international terminal.] I
stayed at Ocean Vida, run smoothly by German Sven Zenker, while Sea
Explorers oversees the dive operation. John & Kat Nash ably direct that
program, with numerous dive guides available. My buddy and I shared a
garden room on the beach level and just around the side of the main
building that housed the operations center, the dive area and the second
floor restaurant. [There was no photo room, so photographers had to take
cameras back to their rooms, but it is planned for the near future.]
Internet is free, but occasionally we had connection problems. All of what
I saw was beachfront, so walking around was easy and often without shoes.
The main village and a fishing village are close by for tho
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