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Dive Review of Magic Island Dive Resort/same in
Philippines

Magic Island Dive Resort/same, Nov, 2013,

by Patricia A. Sinclair, LA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7408 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions an hour per dive - doing 3 to 4 dives a day
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 For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments great subjuect matter, but no camera room and nothing on the boats for camera storage dring the trips ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments My Philippines Adventure 4/18/2013 to 4/28/2013

The Trip to the Philippines
On Thursday, April 18th at 3:00 AM, I awoke and prepared to head to the airport for my long anticipated trip to the Philippines. Not only was this to be my first trip to the Philippines, but it was my first trip ever to the Pacific for diving. I was excited and more than ready to go.

I arrived at the airport (after driving to the park and fly, ensuring that I had locked my van and catching the bus) at 4:30 AM. My LAX flight (first class, all on points) was to leave at 6:20AM, and I like to be way ahead of time.

I did my check in at the counter, where they went ahead and checked my bags all the way through to Cebu (my final destination in the Philippines) but not me. Wonderful, I thought no bag drag through LAX! I would rue that courtesy in coming days.

I made the mistake of trying to find some coffeenothing was open at NOLA (MSY). I ran around the airport and concourse looking for anything that looked like it was open or about to open. I found one that was readying to open and decided to wait until they opened at 5:30AM. With the growing line, I am glad I stuck around, otherwise the wait in line would have been well over 30 minutes. Got my coffee and headed back to Gate 1, sat down, got out the iPad and did a check in, checked my email, checked Facebook and then went back to reading the novel I had.

Plane left on timea surprise because many times, even with the first flight out, something happens to delay the flight. Arrived in Houston without issue, and then it was the run across the airport to my next flight. Sure enough it was delayed for an hour, but I had built in a lot of time to my schedule so that I would arrive in plenty of time to catch my Philippine Air flight to Manila.

Arrived in LAX and found I had to switch terminals, so after asking around, I caught the bus between terminals and headed to the International Terminal. Got there and had to walk through the most atrocious noxious fumes and pollution I have ever encountered, I gagged and my eyes started watering and it continued until I got inside. The International terminal looked old and dirty to me and the signs were few, and people to help you were almost non-existent. I looked around for Philippine Airnothing no signs, no windows. Asked around and was told it was in the thi ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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