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Dive Review of Diver Dream in
Philippines/Puerto Galera

Diver Dream: "good sabang bay diving", Apr, 2015,

by Eldon Okazaki, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 53 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 8189.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The bad: 26 or 27 deg. C is still cold with a 3 mm wetsuit in April; the bad news is that the Sabang Inn was upgraded or modernized; so there is an increase in cost ( 1500 peso/ night with 15% discount for 9 nights stay); the rooms were mostly sold out most of the 9 nights I stayed; the mgr. still tried to find lodging for sold-out customers.
The GOOD: now there are 3 dive masters ( Mark died of a heart attack at age of 24 on 4/24/'15 ; they know where to dive if the current is too strong; they are quite good at finding octopus, turtles, eels, banded snakes, frog fishes, nudibranchs, etc.; in fact, there seems to be a nudibranch heaven. There are divers from England, China, Australia, Germany and Holland. That leads to discussions of good dive destinations. But, I did have 2 days where it was just me and the DM. ( 11 dives for 10,000 peso; ~44 peso/ 1 USD)
The food at many cafes were usually cheap costing a few dollars up to 1019 peso at highly rated Steakhouse ( which had very tasty beef). A local, Fred, said that April is low season. So, there were not crowded dive sites.
Websites Diver Dream   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Coron, Hawaii, Palau, PNG, ABC islands,
Caribbean, Malaysia, Thailand, etc.
Closest Airport Manila Getting There fly to Manila; JAM bus to Batangas city pier, ship to Sabang

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 25-27°C / 77-81°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-60 Ft/ 6-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions for the deep dive of 30 meters, the time limit was 35 min.; most dives were ~ 1 hour unless the others got cold or ran low on air.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments bucket of water was not needed since most dive sites were < 10 min. away . the UW pro, Thierry E., posted a whole bulletin board of the sea life on the way to the office.
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