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Dive Review of Mantangale Dive Resort in

Mantangale Dive Resort, May, 2009,

by John Crossley, CA, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 28 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 5104.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I reported last year that I thought the Mantangale Dive Resort is the best dive value I've ever seen. This year was my fifth trip, and they improved even more. Now they will use their big banca to go to dive sites on the far side of Camiguin Island, even with just a few divers on board. It's spacious and comfortable with lots of shade, padded seats, and a toilet. It's not as fast as the speedboat, but is a smooth trip. We went to Old Volcano, with splendid vistas, 100 ft or better viz, and some nice soft coral bushes clinging to the slopes of the old volcano. Cabawn Point also had some really nice soft corals and the dive guide, owner/manager Dodong Uy, found three red pygmy seahorses in a sea fan. The Mantigue dive site had five schools of different fish coming and going. As usual, Paradiso had great soft corals of reds, pinks, yellows, orange, and white. It was like an underwater garden in full bloom.

The Mantangale resort offers basic but very clean air conditioned rooms, a good restaurant, a beautiful pool, and lots of amenities for non-divers. They also offer free Nitrox and a lunch as part of every two-tank dive trip. Service is excellent and they'll provide van transports from the Cagayan de Oro airport, which is just a $100 round trip ticket from Manila on Cebu Pacific Airlines.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Fiji, Bali, Thailand, Truk, Palau, Yap, Hawaii, PNG, Lembeh, Florida, Bonaire, Cozumel, Galapagos, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Boat will have a rinse bucket and there is a big cameras-only rinse tank at the resort dive shop. The big banca has plenty of space to work on a camera (change lens, etc) safely between dives. Dive shop area has tables but not separate cubicles.
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