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Dive Review of Aqua Ventura Divers/White Chocolate Hills Beach Resort in
Philippines/Negro Oriental

Aqua Ventura Divers/White Chocolate Hills Beach Resort: "Great Resort and Dive Operation", Dec, 2016,

by Henry O Ziller, CO, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 31 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 9461 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Throughout the Caribbean and Central America, Micronesia, Indonesia, Philippines, Maldives, Tanzania, Australia, and Fiji.
Closest Airport Dumaguete Getting There Denver thru Narita Japan to Manila to Dumaguete, Philippines We had to overnight in Manila. Abundant hotels across the freeway from Manila's airport

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth and time although we had some dives nearly 90 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
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Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments This was our second trip to the Philippines, both times to the southern region of Negro Oriental Island. We arranged the trip ourselves and while we were quite happy with our previous resort and dive outfit we thought we would experience a different location.
We flew from Denver to Narita, Japan on United, then ANA from Japan to Manila and Philippine Airlines from Manila to Dumaguete with an overnight in Manila. We reversed the route going back.
Total airfare round trip Denver to Manila was $1,017.06 USD per person. Dumaguete round trip was 5,101 PHP ($114.69 USD) per person. That price includes the extra 200 PHP we paid for the extra 10 kilos of checked luggage. The allowable checked luggage on Philippine Airlines for Budget Economy Class was 10 kilos. All our dive gear and most clothing needed for 10 days weighs 20 kilos (44lbs.). Carry-on is limited to 7 kilos (15 lbs.). Pay for Regular Economy Class and you get 20 kilos free.
Since our flight arrived at 9:30 PM we needed to overnight in Manila. We stayed at Remington Hotel across the street NE from the airport. You can see most of the hotels from the airport, but you probably cannot walk to them. There is a free shuttle every half hour near Bay 12 at Terminal 3, Bay 15 Terminal 2, and for Terminal 1 the RWM Kiosk near the hotel lounges.
Although the lobby was quite impressive, we did not like the Remington Hotel ($83.00USD) for several re ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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