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Dive Review of Fun Dive Asia/Vittion Beach in
Philippines/Donsol

Fun Dive Asia/Vittion Beach, May, 2010,

by Laura Todd, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 5535.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Malaysia, various South Pacific, Baja
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 55 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments not set up for photography - nothing on boat or at shop to assist UWPs

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments We went to the Donsol area to see the whale sharks (see separate report) and a day of diving was included in our package. In a word, don't bother diving here. The few sites are a good hour and a half away and based on our experience timely departures are rare. When we eventually got on board, I snuck a few photos of the crew bailing out the engine compartment of the boat. When we finally got to Ticau, the dive master did not give any sort of briefing and the only thing he said to me all day was to ask when the last time I had been diving was. Once under water he did not show us anything. I managed to find a peacock mantis shrimp and some nudis on my own, but Ticau island is one of the least fishy places I have ever been. He then tried to get me to come up at about 40 minutes when I still had half a tank of air. This same charmer smoked any where and everywhere on the boat and hung out chatting with the crew in his underwear all day. The next 2 dives were fast drifts, supposedly to a manta cleaning station, but rather than find the right spot and wait for the animals, these guys just keep sending you on 30 minute sprints over and over again in hopes of seeing something. We got about ten seconds of mantas in 2 dives. Also 2 small white tip reef sharks under a bommie. There was a fabulous moment that made the otherwise frustrating day worth it when a whale shark swam about 15 feet overhead. There are no showers at the shop and the rinse area is tiny. If you want to dive here, go with Steady Eddie,their competitor next door.
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