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Dive Review of Kasai Village/ Marine Village in
Philippines/Moalboal, Cebu

Kasai Village/ Marine Village, Apr, 2009,

by Michael rosenberg, rI, uSA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4770.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Crashed at Microtel Mactan Island near Cebu Airport after long travel from Eastcoast- Euro Hip and a good moderate priced alternative to ShangraLa. Chic very expensive spot next door (same owners) if you want very upscale dinner in the most beautiful open restaurante I've seen. Grab the food, as it deteriorates down Island. Pick ups always on time or early, they need the work badly. Getting thru Cebu City an eye opener- poor and polluted- but it gets better. Three hours later warmly welcomed with fresh flowers and smiles at Kosai. A very tidy beautiful spot overlooking sea and distant volcanos on Negros. Everything about the resort great, except the food. but they are aware of that fact, and working on new menu etc (my wife- a great cook- helping give ideas) Local markets have all the ingredients, so it is do able. Their cooks lack the exposure, so not sure if it will happen. Other eating spots a 15 min. tricycle ride away, but we were beat, and it was very hot. Dive staff from Sweden top shelf and fun; pointing out the incredible wealth of macro plants and animals that I would have missed. All the exotics are there, and in good shape. Coral life fab. Large Green and Hawkbills on most dives, as were the coral banded sea snakes. One couple saw whale shark. Snorkeling out to drop off a short swim from end of the 100 yard pier very healthy, except one day tide pushed in tons of trash, which fortunately,did not return. Did one day repelling into waterfalls, which was cool.
After a week, as suggested by Mike Anderson in a previous Undercurrent, we headed down to the tip of Cebu to Marine Village Dive House- the main facility more tired than their Website, and a noisey ferry dock next door blasting bad music was not acceptable to us;They kindly showed us more upscale appt. they had (Bonga Villas) and at same cheap price and free 5 min rides as often as we liked. Staff and diving great and cheap, but close dives not as pristine as Moalboal, but they will take you to more distant and exotic sites with a 3 diver min. My wife non-diver, so I did not want to be gone all day, but snorkeling with morning dive (they did not charge extra to put wife on Whaler, as they did at Kosai) and off shore at Bonga very good. Food also much better, not gormet by any standard.
All of the people we dealt with very warm and generous of spirit helped make the trip
Hong Kong for a few days on the way back was a fabulous contrast, and made the return
trip easier- oh we were more relaxed too !

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Mexico, Cocos, Galapagoes
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions I was solo, so dove with the dive masters
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Divemasters very careful and protective of photo gear= no specific facilities
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