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Dive Review of Alona; Marine Village/Alona; Marine Village Dive House in
Philippines/Panglao; So. Cebu

Alona; Marine Village/Alona; Marine Village Dive House , Nov, 2008,

by Eldon Okazaki, CA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 44 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 4564.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Caribbean, Palau, Yap, Negros, Raja Ampat, No. Sulawesi, Mexico, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 27 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions follow DM; usually not deeper than 100 ft; Marine House dive House about 45-50 min.; Alona divers had usually 60 min./ dive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments both places had no fresh water for camera; Marine village has camera fees even at Sumilion island; Alona divers does not charge camera fees; Tierra Azul and Marine Village has adapters for chargers

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments As reported in the May '08 issue, the diving is good to very good (lots of small fishes; water is warm (esp., 28C at Alona divers); viz. is good; costs are very low.
Tierra Azul (not recommended because it's almost shabby and no pool) only cost $15 (800 peso)/ nite for a fan room; that includes breakfast and sorta service -oriented personnel. At Trudi's place, lunch can be packed for ~ $2; dinner can be had for ~ $5 ( 250 peso).
At Alona beach the locals do not really hassle/ hustle you for service for money. But, there must be an escort service since one can see Filipino girls with blonde guys and old guys.
Lots of photo ops. Much diverse people -- Germans, Czech, French, etc.; but, al speak English. Saw signal golby on 1 dive; pygmy seahorse at local dive site and Baslicasag island.
At Marine Village Dive House (south Cebu) the food was good and when there are a few people there, they OVER-feed you. Saw barramudi and ghost pipe fishes (2 types), etc.
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