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Dive Review of Kasai Village Dive & Spa Resort in

Kasai Village Dive & Spa Resort: "Great diving and resort", Feb, 2015,

by Jeanne Downey, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 46 reports with 13 Helpful votes). Report 8121 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 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 We arrived at Kasai Village on the southwest side of Cebu after a three hour journey from Cebu City. We were warmly welcomed by staff members that remembered those of us who were repeats. My husband & I actually ended up in the same room as last time. Everything seemed the same, but the mattress felt more supportive than hard, and the pillows were definitely no longer like rocks! Theyíre still using gravity feed water and instant-on water heaters, which were working much better this time.

The Kasai dive boats are built for diving, with the tanks set up American style. Between dives, we had fruit, snacks, water, tea, and coffee. Due to the windy weather, we couldnít go north very far, and one day there were major white caps at Pescador Island, but it didnít stop us from having fun. We saw frogfish galore, including one particularly multiple colored one with painted toenails. There were also pipefish everywhere, including an unusual winged pipefish. Turtles were spotted on many dives, and nudibranchs littered the reef. The sardines have moved from Pescador Island to Panagsama Beach and were impressive. Also seen were cuttle fish, orangutan fish, different types of lionfish, several ghost pipefish, a strange blue sea urchin, leaf and scorpionfishes, a few banded sea kraits, and assorted other critters. The wall is loaded with ledges and caverns and nooks and crannies, with unending possibilities for discovery. The reef looks healthy and thereís some 6í and larger barrel sponges. Thereís even cave diving nearby, and Kasai Village sponsors many SSI technical dive courses.

The food was even better than last time, and the staff is super-friendly and accommodating. The pool looks inviting, although Iíve never been in it; after three 60-70 minute dives a day, I donít need to sit in any more water! Massages were popular and inexpensive. A farewell dinner, with some karoke, amusing games, and a little bit of dancing made for an enjoyable evening.

Morning dives were scheduled for our convenience, so there was time for a relaxed breakfast, and the afternoon dive could be postponed a bit if more time for lunch was desired. We did a couple of Mandarin dives 20 feet from the dock, one at the end of a late afternoon dive, the other as a prequel to a night dive. They were cooperative on one dive but not the other. Our guides were all terrific and one day we had three guides and five guests in the water; they seemed to have fun, were vying with each other to find things, and we all spent safety stops learning new ways to make bubble rings.

I love Kasai Village and the diving, and although swearing never again after suffering 13 hours of jetlag and two days of travel, I plan on returning
Websites Kasai Village Dive & Spa Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caribbean, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cocos, Galapagos, Socorro, Guadalupe, Fiji, Philippines, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, etc.
Closest Airport Cebu City Getting There United through Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific from LAX or SFO

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 60-75 minute dives. 100' depth. Follow the guide.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 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 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Small rinse bucket on boat. Pretty large camera table. Large rinse tank at dive shop and huge camera room with individual spaces, work lights, chairs, tools available, etc.
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