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Dive Review of Expedition Fleet/Borneo Explorer in
Philippines/Tubbataha reef

Expedition Fleet/Borneo Explorer, May, 2010,

by Eldon Okazaki, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 53 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 5512.

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

Accommodations 3 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 $$ 2 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Tubbataha was highly over rated; the first 2 days had mostly brown reefs, sand, some grass, and usual tropical fishes; it was sorta expensive ($1406 for standard cabin including $75 for marine park fee) for 4 days of diving; 10 hrs. for ship to travel to Tubbataha; last 2 days had up to 4 dives per day but you could do up to 5 dives the first 2 days; for me, the only unusual creature was the Marble ray; the food was plenty and tasted very good; the crew was very polite and helpful and well organized by Vanny; Gigi the divemaster was cute;Gugs the other divemaster pointed out only a few creatures; the 2 French guys kept mostly to themselves; the 3 Germans were socialable; the 6 Australians were sorta lively (Jan I. was very nice); the Hong Kong and Singapore divers( Jenny had good information on SE Asia diving) were ok; the diving was NOT all that fantastic as claimed by filippino dive masters; my German roomate made a total of 3 trips to Tubbataha--less sharks and rays this trip.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Indonesia, Micronesia, Aruba, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 29-28°C / 84-82°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions follow the divemaster; 1st dive, 30M or less; 2nd dive of the day, 25M or less; 3rd dive,20M; 4th dive, 15M; nite dive, 12M; all dives were 45 to 50 min.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments used chase boats to nearby reefs so no fresh water buckets on chase boats but lg. tubs on both sides of Borneo Explorer.
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