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Dive Review of Club Ocellaris in

Club Ocellaris, Apr, 2013,

by Jeanne Reeder, MO, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 19 Helpful votes). Report 7134 has 3 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Raja Ampat, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Solomon Islands, Palau, Sudan, Turkey, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Turks & Caicos, Saba, St. Kitts, Statia, Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge, currents
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 2 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 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 1 stars
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 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Philippines -- Anilao

Not a Club Member? Beware. I wanted to go to the Nudibranch Capital and indulge in locating and identifying these esoteric critters in their multicolor glories. Where to go was a no brainier -- Club Ocellaris at Anilao, Philippines. Critter ID folks of the first-order have all gone there, and never gone away without identifying new species. My dive buddy made the transition from film to digital for this occasion, and with my large 10x magnifying glass in tow, we headed to the Pacific.

Not receiving any response from Club Ocellaris from my couple of weeks emailing, foreshadowed my experience there. Getting a reservation was like pulling teeth, and I finally had to ask my very patient Reef & Rainforest agent Katie to intervene. Dive Master Perry explained that next time I wanted to come, email him directly. Returnees get priority and ‘virgins’ often do not receive a response. Club O is a rustic dive resort which was built by Boy Venus (Manila) a few decades ago for him and his friends to enjoy undersea pleasures in a laid back, dramatic setting. Perry explained that Boy does not want people there who aren’t good divers and who kick up sand for the photographers. Dive masters do not ‘baby-sit’ divers. They are first class spotters of the esoteric and cater to photographers.

The welcome we received by manager Joy at Club O was gracious, and as we walked down the steps from the 100’ cliff, we were shown to our respective abodes. Asking when we wanted lunch was a good start …now or whenever the group returned. Always hungry, I opted for 10 minutes. And that was the last of the information we received without ferreting it out using a lot of patience. There was no briefing about anything, even the basics such as a schedule for meals and dives. I asked to meet the dive master and talk with him before diving the next day. Although I was assured this was possible, it was not until the next day, about 15 minutes before the dive that I learned which of the three boats I was on and a comment or two about procedures. I only missed one afternoon dive because I was told the incorrect time. Since the times varied, I learned to just suit up a half hour before I thought was the dive time. The two morning dives were usually between 08:00-08:30, afternoon or dusk dives between 13:30 – 14:30, and dusk and night dives followed depe ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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