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Dive Review of Kasai Village Dive Resort in

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.

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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 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.
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