Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes
X
 

Dive Review of Kasai Village Dive Resort in
Philippines/Cebu

Kasai Village Dive Resort: "Excellent dive/snorkel vacation", May, 2017,

by John Grimwood, CA, US ( 1 report with 4 Helpful votes). Report 9672 has 4 Helpful votes.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Beautiful, small quiet resort on the western coast of Cebu in the central Philippines. No beach, but easy access to great snorkeling and shore diving from the pier in front of the resort. Short boat rides to most of the sites (5-20 minutes), usually wall dives. Corals seem to be in good shape, with large stands of stag horn corals and others at the tops of the walls. Dive guides were excellent at finding critters for macro photography, including pygmy seahorse, crinoid shrimp, squat lobster, frogfish, pipefish, white striped catfish, etc. Saw and photographed different species of anemone fish, including false clownfish, skunk anemone fish, panda clownfish and others. Green turtles were abundant, and saw a few hawksbill turtles as well. These turtles seemed unperturbed by divers and continued to sleep or forage as we drifted past, allowing great photo ops. Sea snakes were a common sight, even while snorkeling on the house reef--my wife and I saw one swallowing a reef fish, headfirst. Some days I was the only diver on the boat, but that did not seem to affect the choice of dive sites, as far as I could tell. Most of the dives were easy wall or sloping reef dives, sometimes with a gentle current. Pescador Island had a strong upwelling current--on my first dive there it was manageable, but when we dove it another day it was so strong I used half my air to get down to 50 feet. We dove with an enormous school or shoal of sardines a few yards off Panagsama beach on two separate days. The only downside to the diving is the lack of large fish, due to ongoing fishing pressure.

Accommodations were clean and comfortable, and the food was good and varied. Mix of Filipino and other asian cuisines, served buffet style when there were groups at the resort. When there are fewer guests, you order off the menu. The entire staff was very pleasant and helpful, including the dive staff, office, housekeeping, and kitchen staff.

We booked through Reef and Rainforest, and overall were very happy with the travel arrangements. We flew EVA Air from LAX to Taipei, then on to Mactan airport on Cebu. The only glitch was upon our arrival in Mactan--there was no van to pick us up and take us to the resort, about a 3 hour ride. The airport transfer was prepaid along with the rest of the trip. Apparently the wrong flight info was given to the resort. We tried calling Kasai, but the contact # did not work. We finally hired a cab (about 50 $ US) for the 3 hour drive to the resort. Reef and Rainforest promptly credited us the amount once they were notified, and updated the contact #'s for the resort. P.S, you may want to take dramamine or meclizine if you are prone to getting car sick...it is a long, winding road over mountains and through heavy traffic to get to the resort, especially after the long overseas flights.

My wife and I stayed 10 nights at this resort, and hated to leave. The ease and quality of the diving and snorkeling, critters and coral, staff, food and accommodations were hard to beat. As I mentioned, there is a lack of large fish due to fishing pressure. If recreational diving continues to grow as an economic force in the area, perhaps there will be more incentive to increase and enforce fishing restrictions and set up additional marine sanctuaries.
Websites Kasai Village Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Micronesia, Guam, Okinawa, Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii, Florida, Caribbean
Closest Airport Mactan Getting There LAX to Taipei, Taipei to Cebu Mactan airport (EVA Air)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-50 Ft/ 12-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions I dove Nitrox 32%, so all dives were < 100 feet. Max dive times were stated as 1 hour, but usually not strictly enforced.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

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 1 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Large bucket for cameras on the boat. Separate rinse tank for cameras/dive computers at the dive center on shore.
Was this report helpful to you?
Report currently has 4 Helpful votes
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here
 

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 455 dive reviews of Philippines and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

 
Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Island Dreams Travel
Island Dreams Travel
Island Dreams specializes in dive travel to the Philippines. We've dived there ourselves, and stand ready to customize your Philippines scuba diving adventure.
Reef & Rainforest, Let our experience be your guide -- Reef and Rainforest
Reef & Rainforest
is an agency for travelers that scuba dive. We specialize in planning scuba diving adventures to the Philippines.

Want to assemble your own collection of Philippines reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home


Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!


Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2021 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page computed and displayed in 0.07 seconds