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Dive Review of Acqua Resort & Dive Center in
Philippines/Dumaguete, Negros Island

Acqua Resort & Dive Center: "A great small dive resort near Dumaguete, Philippines", Oct, 2017,

by William A ring, CA, US ( 1 report with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9921 has 3 Helpful votes.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments A small (6 rooms)intimate resort about 30 minutes south of Dumaguete run by Sean Stone and his wife. It is directly across from Apo Island (about 30 minute boat ride). They served great food and the rooms were well thought out and very comfortable and had free wifi.
Anna ran the dive operation very efficiently and was very friendly and had good advice on what to do and where to go. One of the great things about a small resort like this one is that my dive buddy and I often had the boat to ourselves.
Our divemaster was usually Esmael who knew each site intimately and always found us the good stuff, large, small and tiny. The shoreline from the resort northerly to Dumaguete has numerous sites with great muck diving. Apo island has corals and many wonderful tropical fish. We also took a day trip to Oslob to dive with the whale sharks.
Overall, it was a great experience and a wonderful resort and I would recommend it to anyone who likes quiet and great diving.

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Websites Acqua Resort & Dive Center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Cayman islands, Bonaire, Curacao, Belize, Chuuk, Yap, Palau, Indonesia, Fiji, Malaysia
Closest Airport Dumaguete Getting There Easy, flights from Manila, Cebu and other Philippines airports

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-40 Ft/ 6-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Dedicated camera rinse tanks on shore. The boat also had a large flat area midship to lay cameras and other equipment out of the sun. There was a camera rinse bucket on board.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Paul Petersenin Singapore, SG at Jun 06, 2018 22:05 EST  
Concur with all William mentioned above- Great operation, staff, facilities and food. Very welcoming and restful. A couple of additional notes for divers that we experienced and Sean's wife shared with us: 1) They have several pets and rescues at the resort that will hang around the pool and dinner area (cats and dogs) 2) The resort, like many in the Dauin/Zamboanguita area there are not other night spots/restaurants close by, it is really an eat, sleep, and dive place- not an issue for most UC subscribers but she mentioned it often is a complaint of other guests. 3) Since they are close to Apo and it offers great snorkeling there they do have many groups go. They will prioritize the divers for best locations but something to be aware of. Many of their trips are to Apo so on those days it is shore diving the awesome house reef or they will secure another boat with a minimum number of divers (4 I think) Esmael is a terrific spotter!
By Paul Petersenin Singapore, SG at Jun 08, 2018 04:22 EST  
Found out from the owners that they will do coastal diving with 2 divers as long as it is 3 dives
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