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Dive Review of Johhny's Dive 'n' Fun/Paras Beach Resort in

Johhny's Dive 'n' Fun/Paras Beach Resort, Jan, 2012,

by Carl D Scott, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6434 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The diving - pretty good. Some sites are rocky, with scattered corals, but plenty of fish and invertebrate life. Others are dense hard coral gardens or sandy beds of black corals mixed with scattered bommies. All present decent photo ops, as I was blessed on 1 dive with a pair of mating nudis and a pair of mating pleurobranchs (usually seen only at night). Sea snakes were on every dive. Guide is very skilled and accommodating. Nitrox was about $5 per dive, as I recall. This is not a popular diving destination, but the diving is above average on my personal world scale.

As for Paras Beach Resort, it is designed for the non-diving traveler. It has a nice swimming pool, large restaurant that appears designed to accommodate group functions more than to provide ambiance, 2 regulation pool tables with sticks that haven't seen new tips in years, and an outdoor bar with nice staff. Beach is small, black sand, protected by rock jetties. Beds are very comfortable, and rooms are nice with the exception of the conspicuously absence of electrical outlets! There were 2 lone outlets on a desk lap (a la Marriott/Hilton). This made battery charging somewhat inconvenient, and you can forget about things like using your hair dryer here, if that is important to you. Staff is generally very nice and accommodating, but all seem to have trouble thinking "outside the box", so be patient. Restaurant is not bad, but all meats were over-cooked and doused with soy sauce, so your grilled marlin steak will pretty much taste the same as your thin pork chop. You may want to seek out another restaurant for some meals (found a pretty good Italian place about 2 blocks away on the main road). Overall, I thought the room prices were a bit steep for what you get, but not ridiculous.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Only restriction mentioned was to surface with 50 bar of air (about 700 psi). However, this proved flexible, when the guide was finding cool stuff late in one dive. Was able to enjoy 75-90 minute dive times, perhaps due to the fact that I was the only customer at the time.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments First of all, diving is from small banca style boats that, while stated to accommodate 6, would be a real squeeze for more than 4 people. No boat facilities for anything. Only 1 rinse tank on shore, where your camera will share water with all other gear. However, care is taken to avoid simultaneous use of that tank with BCD's, etc.
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