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Dive Review of Dive Society/El Dorado Resort in
Philippines

Dive Society/El Dorado Resort: "Great Value and Diving at El Dorado Resort", Nov, 2014,

by John C Crossley, FL, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 8016.

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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 N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments In the past I've used the Dumaguete Atlantis Resort a couple times but I wanted to save money this year so my family went to the El Dorado Resort in Dumaguete. The package was about half the price as Atlantis and almost as good. The resort upgraded us to a "Garden Suite" because they worried that our two pre-schoolers could not handle the stairs to the second floor family room. It was a huge room with AC, TV, a private garden and an enclosed outside shower room that had plenty of space to hang wet clothes. Our big surprise was the food. We got a meal plan that had lots of great choices. Lunches and breakfasts had a salad bar, an appetizer, main course usually with veggies and rice or other starch, and a desert. Several different shrimp dishes were excellent, as was most everything else. The Dive Operation was very professional and offered three dives per day plus night dives. Their big attraction is an all day 3 tank trip to Apo Island which had very good soft corals and lots of fish life. Diving near the resort was mostly macro-diving among the small coral patches and wrecks in the dark volcanic sand and it was excellent. I've never seen so many ghost pipefish. There were many types of little crabs, scorpion fish, sea-moths, flying gunnards, frogfish, and other macro critters. Most dives lasted about one hour and sometimes 80 minutes. They use the typical wooden banca and it was never crowded. While I went diving my wife, sister-in-law and two pre-schoolers enjoyed the pool, beach, massage, birds, billiards, and other activities. We also went in town one night to see a movie, shop at the mall, and walk the promenade next to the seawall in Dumagute. It was a great trip and not expensive!
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Fiji, Truck, Yap, Palau, Bali, Lembeh, Hawaii, Florida, Red Sea, Soloman Islands, Cayman's Bonaire, BVI, and others
Closest Airport Dumaguete Getting There Connect to Dumagute by plane or Ferry from Cebu or by plane from Manila

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 84-°F / 29-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dives at Apo Island were more structured and we kept to an hour limit. Dives around the resort had few limitations other than depth. We never got below 105 ft. We usually were in the 60-80 ft max range.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments They have a dedicated camera room at the resort. The boat crew knew how to take care of cameras and there was rinse water and plenty of space on the boat to store cameras, change lenses, etc.
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