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Dive Review of Little Mermaid Dive Resort in
Philippines/Malapascua

Little Mermaid Dive Resort: "Wished for Better Weather But Still Awesome Diving", Jan, 2017,

by Gianni Zanini, MD, US ( 2 reports). Report 9466.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is an SSI-affiliated operation and is a bit cheaper than others on Bounty Beach, which is the main hotel / resorts area in the South of the small island of Malapascua. Staff is professional and helpful. Their own large dive boat was damaged during the last typhoon and was still being repaired on the beach in front of the resort. So I dived a local site (Deep Rock) using their small dinghy, and the other sites on other large boats by other operators. In all cases, I had a Dive Master from Little Mermaid accompanying me. Only to Gato Island our group extended to include two other dive companions.

Saw only one large thresher shark on Monad Shoal during my sole, early morning dive there. The weather was not really good and the visibility poor, so I did not go a second time.

Deep Rock is a nice underwater pinnacle, where we had an easy drift dive and enjoyed the varied hard and soft corals and small creatures, but no big fish. Gato Island is amazing. Beautiful site, really top-notch, with many white-tip sharks swimming around in its caves, and with palm-sized sea horses. I saw two, a yellow one and a black one, and I could have stayed there watching them for ever.

Websites Little Mermaid Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving California, Caribbean, Mexico, Spain, Italy, South Africa, Kenya, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines
Closest Airport Mactan-Cebu City Getting There easy, frequent, cheap flights from Manila (and Singapore)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 26-26°C / 79-79°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-15 M / 33-49 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Max 32 meters depth; max 1 hour-long dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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