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Dive Review of Asiaqua/MV Seadoors in
Philippines/Tubbataha

Asiaqua/MV Seadoors, May, 2013,

by Ralph, PI, Italy (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 6978.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Due to an unprofessional and polemic dive operator we went on this vacation with mixed feelings, fearful of a bad experience. Once on-board things went smooth as silk and all hesitations were forgotten. The boat is not luxurious but comfortable and offers enough space both in the cabins and in the lounge, which is very hospitable. meals are taken on deck and offers sufficient space. Spaces for relax like the sun decks on the bow and upper deck leave room for improvement. The dive equipment was well maintained. The chase boats were functional and the crew helpful. The crew in general was extremely helpful. Nothing you asked for was too much. Small problems are resolved immediately. The food is exceptional in quality and variety. Diving is very relaxing with walls that start at 3 meters and finish deep deep down. Visibility is good and the water temperature is wonderful. Lots of grey and white tip sharks, napoleons, humpheaded parrots and jackfish. Very few critters and macro photographers don't find their paradise here. However don't misunderstand, there is a huge amount of colourful tropical fish. Beautiful hard and soft corals. Current can be strong. All in all Seadoors and the diving at Tubbataha is a good experience, even if not the best. Suggestion: book directly with the boat.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Wakatobi, Bunaken, Layang Layang, Raja Ampat, Ambon, Komodo, Red sea, Sipadan, Fiji, Nosy By, Nosy Iranja
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 28-30°C / 82-86°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-30 M / 33-98 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Restrictions were suggested for 30 meters maximum depth and 60 minutes dive time, but this was subject to the experience of the individual divers and the remaining air
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The variety of subjects was limited due to limited bio-diversity. Even if the space at the dive platform for cameras was limited, space in the adjourning lounge was excellent both for preparations and battery charging.
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