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Dive Review of Capt'n Gregg's in
Philippines/Puerto Gallera/Sabang

Capt'n Gregg's, Mar, 2013,

by Tom Diehl, HI, US ( 1 report). Report 7372.

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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 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Capt'n Gregg's is one of the oldest resorts on the beach in Sabang. It has six older rooms, and a recently completed addition with seven or eight newer rooms, four having ocean-side views. You can get rooms with or without air-con, short- or long-term. All have TV.
The food is plentiful, well prepared, and inexpensive. No matter where you stay in Sabang, at one point or another, your dive-guide will take you to eat at least one dinner at Capt'n Gregg's.
Many dive sites are usually within 15 minutes of the shop, which, like the resort itself, is on the waterfront. Each trip is a single-tank dive, with surface interval spent at the resort, eating some soup or sandwich. The the staff gets together with the cutomers the prior afternoon to discuss where everyone would like to dive the next day. Drift diveers and photographers can usually all leave on the same boat and get dropped off at sites close enough for the boat driver to keep track of everyone. Technical divers, if there are any, are usually dropped off first, then the drifters, then the photographers. If you are the only one diving that day, lucky you, you call the spot!!
You'll want at least one trip to Verde Drop-off, a 45-minute ride into the Verde Passageway. The abundance of fishes, and corals, is breath-taking. There is some current, but on most days the photographers will have ample opportunity to see nudibranchs, eels, and coral. Usually a sea snake will show up. This is an all-day trip. Since it is a longer boat ride, there is an additional charge. The interval is spent on a beach at Verde Island, and then it is either back to the drop-off or on to "Washing Machine."
Photographers will love the muck diving in the Manila and the Batangas Channels, and the non-camera toting divers might enjoy them, too. Giant clams, gunards, seahorses, nudibranchs, all love the warm, murky channel.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Kwajalein Atoll, Pensacola, Puerta Vallarta, Cozulmel, Cancun, Roatan, Belize, O'ahu, Ni'ihau, Kau'i, Lanai, Maui, Hawai'i, Palawan,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-100 Ft/ 6-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Most dives have only time/air restrictions, depending on experience, as evidenced by guides. Dive times are agreed upon prior to descent, but only to give boat drivers an idea of when you'll be popping up in the current, if there is one.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments There are several spots to go to for great photos, but sometimes the current is really ripping, and taking the camera along is a wasted effort. The boat operators and guides always check tide tables. Proximity to China Sea allows for some wide fluctuations in currents, but the guys usually have the spots figured out.
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