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Dive Review of Island Adventures Dive center/ Casa Mannis Garden Resort in
Philippines/Panglao Island, Bohol

Island Adventures Dive center/ Casa Mannis Garden Resort: "Bohol and Balicasag Island", Dec, 2017,

by Robert L Short, CO, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 10081 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments alAlmost AFirst the hotel--Casa Mannis Gardens--nice rooms for a cheap price--kitchenette--microwave oven, sink, and small fridge--no stove top. The rooms are modern and up to date with split aircon--but ours wasn't working up to par and had a hard time cooling the room. Nice pool. The hotel is a little far from the beach and dive ops--about half a kilometer or a little more--I think next time if I went there I'd pick a place closer to the beach. Manni the owner is around the resort all the time and will take care of you. Dive Adventure dive center is a really small hole in the wall operation and locally owned and operated which is why I chose them. Prices for dives was great---eight dive package was 1,400 pesos a dive or about $28 US dollars, plus $4.50 a fill for Nitrox. Diving was off large Banka boats that could hold 15 divers or more but we never came close to that many divers. Giant stride for entry and nice wooden ladders for getting back on the boat. I went there to dive Balicasag Island which is the big draw there for diving. Its about a 25 minute boat ride from the beach area and they limit how many divers dive there in a day at 300, so not all dive shops go there everyday--they need to apply for a permit a few days in advance but you can almost always find a shop that is going if you're dive op isn't going that day. I had all my own kit but their rental gear looked okay and no one had any problems with it that I know of--all Aqua Lung gear. Diving---Balicasag Island is THE place to dive there--small island with four different dive sites--I dove three of them. The sites are all wall dives--you start on a flat shelf with mostly white sand and a few coral areas at a depth of about 6 or 7 meters then you drop off onto the wall--very nice transition--loved it. Beautiful walls, lots of fish life--mostly the small stuff. Visibility was very good--70 to 80 feet on all dives. Turtles---I've never seen so many big turtles in one spot before--we spotted 13 on one dive and I probably missed a few--easy to take pics or videos. Enjoyed my diving there very much. Water temperature was a nice 82 degrees and the air temperature about the same--sunshine and warm breezes every day. I dived there eight dives and the only complaint I had was the dive groupings. Three days out of four we had new divers doing their first open water dives after certification so we were pretty much limited on our depth at 60 feet--I was given a little more leeway and kinda wandered deeper on many occasion keeping the others in sight at all times. The largest group we had was four. Not a lot of current there--only one wall dive did we have a moderate current which to me was enjoyable. I wouldn't hesitate to dive Balicasag Island again or use Island Adventures dive ops--in fact I'm looking forward to diving with them again next year.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Utah, California, Akumal Mexico, Cozumel, Philippines, Roatan
Closest Airport Tagbilaran Airport Getting There We took the fast ferry from Dumaguete to Bohol. Then a van to Panglao Island--about a 30 minute ride from the port--about $12 US dollars for the van ride. You can fly directly into Bohol on either Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines from Manila--one hour flight.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70-80 Ft/ 21-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive times were given in the briefing--usually 60 minutes. Depth also given but that was more flexible.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments No set up on the boat for cameras but enough room to work on your camera--no plug ins for recharging and only one rinse busket for everything and it won't work for big camera rigs.
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