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Dive Review of Magic Island Dive resort in

Magic Island Dive resort: "Amazing find in the Philippines", Mar, 2017,

by Jim Willoughby, OR, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 9529 has 3 Helpful votes.

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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 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Our group took over the whole resort. 11 rooms with 19 guests. The resort is a beautiful homey resort with nice sized rooms, great air co, a very nice pool and an amazing staff. The food was plentiful and good. The entire resort is very clean and well run. We stayed for 2 weeks doing mostly 3 dives a day although some of the group did 4 a day. For the photographers in the group there was plenty to see and photograph. Lots of frogfish. Several sightings of Blue ring Octopus. Turtles on most dives. The vis was poor during the beginning of the trip due to previous weather conditions but it did not stop the diving or the photo opportunities. A couple of the dive sites had strong current but mostly calm to very slight current. We had the opportunity to dive with the whale sharks and although there are mixed opinions about the feeding of the sharks it was a very impressive dive. The locals are running a very successful operation that supports the village and gives divers and snorkelers an opportunity to see the Whale Sharks up close. The shallow reef in many areas was stunning were as the deeper reefs were pretty beat up but there was no shortage of critters at the top and the mid range depth.
Websites Magic Island Dive resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Indonesia, most of the Caribbean, California, Oregon, Hawaii, Raja Ampat
Closest Airport Cebu Getting There from US west coast. SFO or LAX to Seoul to Cebu

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions suggested bottom times of 65 minutes but no issues with going over. Depth limits were no deco as usual.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments I would give the resort overall 5 stars for UWP if they had a better set up for photographers. The rinse tank on the boat was too small for my rig and there was no place at the dive deck to handle cameras other than a rinse tank. Given space restraints I am not sure that they could add any facilities but I also had no problem working with my camera in my room.
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