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Dive Review of Seaquest Dive Center/Oasis in
Philippines/Bohol, Panglao

February, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Bernie Lutz, NC, US (1 report)
Report Number 5445
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Mostly Caribean and South Eastern US
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The dive masters made sure that you are always following up with a safe
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Summary  --  Traveling in a group of four, we agreed that our dive vacation
to the Oasis Resort / Seaquest Dive Center exceeded all of our
expectations. The dive center is located on the west side of the island of
Bohol (Panglao) right on Alona Beach. For the entire two weeks, we
encountered friendly and very helpful people, a great variety of delicious
fresh food both within our resorts restaurant as well as outside within
easy walking distance. The prices were very affordable. A bank is within
walking distance; wireless internet access is available in the lobby area
and other locations along Alona Beach. Several small stores are within
walking distance.

Travel agent  --  The entire trip for four people was booked through Action
Sport Philippinen GmbH & Co KG, The cost per
person for the entire trip was Euro 1,692.00 and included airfare from
Munich to Manila on Etihad Airlines, continued to Tagbilaran (Bohol) on
Philippines Airlines, hotel in Manila, airport transfers, breakfast and 20
dives. Action Sport provided prompt service and provided the necessary
information and documentation with proper advanced notice.

Dive Center   -- Upon arrival at the Seaquest Dive Center ( ) we were greeted by the friendly office staff
with cocktails while the dive guides carried our luggage to the rooms. Our
rooms were simple, clean and functional with a nice bathroom and hot
shower, fully stocked refrigerator, in room safe and air conditioning. Each
front entrance has a bucket filled with fresh water to rinse the sand off
before entering and a large umbrella for the occasional rain shower.  The
rooms were part of a new resort expansion and only a few convenient steps
from the dive shop.  After a brief check-in at the dive shop, we were ready
to dive within less than an hour after arrival. The beginners in our group
were taken through an orientation dive.  The dive shop was very
accommodating with our dive itinerary. If we wanted to do a dive at 6am, we
had staff supporting us. Diving was at our pace and all dive guides were
extremely helpful in pointing out marine life. It became very obvious that
there was good communication and teamwork within the entire staff. When we
reserved a spot on a dive boat that left early and returned mid afternoon,
the restaurant staff approached us in a cordial manner to find out if we
liked box lunch prepared by the kitchen.

Food  Even though there were many places within walking distance offering
great fresh fruit, seafood and European / American cuisine, we ate through
the entire menu at the Oasis restaurant and found most items on the menu
very delicious. Adjacent restaurants offered daily buffet of fresh catch 
some of the most delicious seafood you will ever taste.

Diving  Water temperature was around 26 C (78F) the entire time.
Visibility ranged around 15 meters (45 ft) except around Cabilao Island,
located about two hours by boat  north of Alona Beach that had visibility
of around 27 meters (80 ft). A rich variety of marine life that offers
itself for macro photography was present including Nudibranches in
brilliant colors and shapes, Ghost Pipefish, octopus, scorpion fish, lion
fish, garden eels, ghost eels, huge variety of hard and soft coral. The
larger marine life included turtles, white tip sharks, some sting rays,
barracudas, jacks, large schools of sardines. Some groups encountered whale
sharks around Cabilao Island.

Dive Boats  The local reefs were visited with a small boat holding up to 8
people. The same boats were also used to shuttle divers from the beach in
front of the dive shop to the larger boats. The larger dive boats had
bamboo pontoons on both sides which supported the ropes for waiting divers
while in the water, easy access to the dive ladder and good stability at
sea. The main deck was covered with a canopy for shade. The front of the
boat area was spacious making for easy access to the dive gear.
Dive Guides - The dive shop provided large plastic crates at the beginning
of our stay that were labeled with our names for easy identification. The
dive guides made sure that our crates were on the boat for each dive that
we were signed up to do. All guides were friendly and helpful, assisted
whenever needed and very flexible and accommodating with our groups desires
for diving. There was no rush diving and for those taking underwater
pictures, it was greatly appreciated. Their knowledge of the underwater
world was outstanding and they pointed out plenty of things that would have
gone unnoticed otherwise. After each dive, our tanks were switched out and
the gear placed for easy access for the next dive. Fresh fruit and dry
towels were offered after each dive.

Staff / Service  The owner was often visible but stayed mostly in the
background. The General Manager was always around supporting his staff and
asked frequently if everything was to our satisfaction and how they could
serve better; Clearly an actively managed operation with the customer in

Things to do  --  Dolphin watching; Bohol tour including the Chocolate
Hills; Motorcycle rental; Massage on the beach; Water parks, shopping,
great dining on the river boats etc.
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