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Dive Review of Action Divers/Deep Blue Sea Inn in
Philippines/Puert Galera

Action Divers/Deep Blue Sea Inn, Oct, 2006,

by Bob Sivak, CA, USA . Report 3078.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments As previously reported in Undercurrent, I am amazed why more Americans don't go to the Philippines. An exceptional value given the VERY reasonable airfare, accomodations, food and great diving, the only downside is the distance (still much closer than Indonesia).

The Deep Blue Sea Inn were I stayed was simple at best, however, next door was the Portofino which would satisfy any western traveler.
Food was quite good everywhere with a typical meal costing $6! The Philippino people are very friendly and mostly Catholic. Internet access is available at internet cafes and some hotels. While not truely "high speed" it was adequate for emails, etc. The town of Sabang is where most of the dive operations are. If you want nightlife at your door step, then stay there. If you like a little peace and quiet with nightlife a safe 5 minute walk away, then stay in Small Lalaguna Beach.

The diving is a macro photographers delight. Nudibranch's galore, pipefish (yes, ornate ghost as well), frogfish, sea horse, tropicals, amazing soft and hard corals. No big fish though. Clarity could have been a bit better, but the rich waters did provide a surprise 7 foot wide manta! Water temp was a comfortable 80 degress, but I recommend a full wetsuit or skin because of the occasional jellys. Another major advantage is the 2-15 minute boat ride to dive sites. Entry from the simple outrigger "banca" is by backroll. Terrain varies from small walls to sand flats with some very nice small wrecks. Soft corals in superb shape, while there is some visible hard coral damage from the typhoon in May 2006. Post dive, gear is removed en water and boat crew lifts it out. Surface intervals of at least 2 hours where they should be, on the beach!Action Divers runs 9am, noon and 3pm dives that are professional without babysitting. Friendly and knowledgeabe DM's.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving HI, CA, Mexico, carribean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-75 Ft/ 12-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 45 minutes or 50 bar whichever came first (not very strict on the time).
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Macro subject matter was superb. Boat facilities consist of a milk crate for cameras and very careful crew. Fresh water rinse tanks at the shop.
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