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Dive Review of Liquid/Amontillado in

Liquid/Amontillado, Jun, 2013,

by Bonnie McKenna, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 7053 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments First, let me make clear the dive operator Liquid and my accommodations at Amontillado Dive Resort were A-1. My concern is with the area of Dumaguete. I am certain many divers are going to loudly disagree with my assessment of this area, but this is my opinion. This is not my first time diving in the PI, but the first time in this area. The PI is at the apex of the golden triangle of diversity in the IndoPacific. I was looking forward to some great photo opportunities. I was totally disappointed!!!! The reefs are, in my opinion, sufffering from the pressure of too many divers. The corals were almost nonexistant, colorless and broken. Fish??? I counted exactly two sweetlips on eight dives. I suggest, due to commercial and subsistant fishing; the area is fished out. Our dive guides fished for their lunch...they were happy to be dinning on a sergeant (sp.?). Areas I visited: Apo, Siquijor, Dauin and Sumilon. Whale sharks at is for sure you can get up close and personal with the sharks, perhaps too close. The sharks are fed so it does present an artificial setting. We were advised to go during the week as the weekends are circus like.
Despite my disappointment in Dumaguete, I will return to the Philippines, but in a different area.
Websites Liquid   Amontillado

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia (Raja Ampats, Cenderwashi, Jayapura, Ambon, Lembeh, Bunaken, Bali, Flores, Timor, Alor), Yap, Palau, Chuuk, Phonpei, Hawaii, So. Calif, Mexico, Croatia, Red Sea, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Guam, Saipan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 30-40 Ft/ 9-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational dive limits and 60 min. dive time.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Neither Liquid nor Amontillado had facilities for photographers. Both resorts said that they were planning on setting up camera rooms.
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