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Dive Review of Seaquest Dive Center/Sumisid Lodge in

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Eldon Okazaki, CA, US
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Report Number 6067
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, caribbean, Palau, Yap, Cayman Brac, Mexico,SE Asia, PNG, Great
Barrier reef, Verde island, etc.   
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits were your own once the divemaster (Rudy) observed you;  the
dive time was usually less than 1 hr.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
short boat rides, so bucket for my camera was not really needed; I was only
diver who took phots that week
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
the bad: biting bugs in room and parlor; but, once mentioned, they sprayed
my room and used mosquitos repellant candle; Sumisid lodge had expensive
dinners (the worker there said it costs 650 peso for dinner); the toilet
was very cramped there;  I would not do it but the backpackers hotel (1
block away) had 3 nights and 5 dives for 4,999 Ph peso (which is ~ 1/2 of
my diving and lodging costs;  Magic island resort had sold out and I saw
their 3 bangas full a few times.
the good: Rudy and his assistant, (Cino or Sino) were competent and found
turtles, ghost pipe fishes, pegasus, sea moth, sm. critters, etc.; they did
do 1 dive in AM and 1 at 2PM or were flexible and did 2 AM dives; a few
dining places were very cheap or reasonable; while, Eve's Kiosk had good
and low cost dinners (e.g., 95 peso for Pancit Canton plate)and her rooms
were 500 peso. nite for fan room and 1200 peso. night for air-con. room.
wish I had known: turtle bay was reputed to have space for 30 divers but
usually had 5 divers and the food there was reputed to be very excellent. 
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