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Dive Review of Seaquest Dive Center/Hannah's Place in
Philippines/Moalboal, Cebu]

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Gayle & Bob Bringas, OR, USA
Contributor   (13 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3413
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
North Sulawesi, Raja Ampat, Bali, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Red Sea, Papua New
Guinea, Australia, Palau, Truck, Tahiti, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Guided dives only  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Due to travel agent error, we were booked at Hannah's Place instead of
Sumisid Lodge.  Sumisid is attached to the dive center.  Hannah's Place is
a five-minute walk to the dive shop.  The dive package was two dives a day
and three meals, so we walked back and forth five times a day.  The
full-board plan is buffets at the Sumisid Lodge.  Food was plentiful,
Asian/Filipino dishes a majority of the time.  Hannah's Place is on the
beach and has five rooms arranged around a private courtyard with air
conditioning, minibar, plenty of storage.  We stayed seven days in Moalboal
prior to the dive safari.  For us, that was 2 or 3 days too many.

Diving was done either from bangka or skiff, depending on how many dive
groups there were.  The skiffs are easier to dive from:  faster to the dive
sites, back roll entry, dive ladder exit after handing up all your gear. 
The bangka is slower, the deck was too high for a back roll entry and too
rocky for a giant stride, so we did side-roll entries.  The exit ladder was
fine, but the crew member had to climb down the ladder if you were going to
hand up more than your fins.  To board the bangka, a plank was angled from
the beach to the bow.  The boat crew was always willing to give you a
steadying hand.

The dives were all wall dives.  Slight current, 50-60 foot visibility,
83-84 degree water, no Nitrox, 60-70 minute dives, always dive as a group
with dive guide.  Encountered lots of jelly fish on one dive at Tongo
Point.  Dive sites were put on the white board and divers signed up for the
site they wanted.  If a diver wanted a particular site, others had to sign
up as well in order for the dive to go.  Usually, four to six divers were
needed. 
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