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

Action Divers/Deep Blue Sea Inn, May, 2008,

by John Crossley, CA, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 4379.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Deep Blue Sea Inn and Action Divers
Puerto Galera, Philippines

Diving May 2008. Visability 30-50 feet. Water temp. 82. This was my sixth trip to Puerto Galera and I tried to save money by staying at cheaper hotel than the Atlantis Resort, where I usually stay and dive. My low cost choice was Deep Blue Sea Inn and Action Divers. While I did save about 30 percent, I don’t think the savings were worth it. Deep Blue Sea Inn, on Small Laguna Beach, had very basic rooms with a small AC and mini-fridge. The shower was weak and sometimes delivered no water. The toilet worked poorly, and the power went off several times. Once we ran out of toilet paper and the hotel staff had none available till the next day. The hotel restaurant had limited choices, and was mediocre at best. However there were many other restaurants within easy walking distance. Action Divers has a small shop on the beach near Deep Blue Sea Inn. The two British instructors/dive guides are nice people, are safety conscious, and give good dive briefings. Their dive boats are two bancas with a capacity of 10 divers, but we usually had just four to six. The problem is that there were often two students on-board, so the dive sites were typically close-by, easy sites. Also, because there were students on the dives, the single instructor did less “critter hunting ” for the non-students. Maybe it was good that we didn’t have long boat rides, because neither banca had much shade. The boat crew was pretty good at handling, rinsing, and storing our scuba gear. Overall, Action Divers did OK, but not as good as Atlantis, whose lodging and restaurant was far superior to Deep Blue Sea Inn. On the positive side, I found a good way to save money on the transfer from Manila to Puerto Galera. Usually I pay pretty steep price for Atlantis to arrange a private van from Manila to Batangas, then a private banca over to Puerto Galera. This time I took the SiKat bus and ferry service. It starts at the City State Tower Hotel in Manila and goes non-stop in a comfortable charter bus to Batangas. There you switch to their large, fast banca for the trip over to Puerto Galera. This saved about $150 on the round trip transfers.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving 60 resorts & 20 livaboards mostly in Asia & Pacific
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 82-°F / 28-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth and time limits because we often had student divers on-board
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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