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Dive Review of Marco Vincent Dive Resort in
Philippines/Mindoro Island

Marco Vincent Dive Resort: "An Oasis in the Philippines", May, 2014,

by Bonnie McKenna, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 8034 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Guam, Palau, Yap, Chuuk, Thailand, Red Sea, California, Florida, Caribbean, Australia Unspecified]
Closest Airport Manila Getting There Manila, taxi/bus to Batangas, banca to Puerto Galera

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Safety stops
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Camera room is in the dive center, adjacent to the hotel. It is well appointed with large stations for each photographer. ... 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 4 stars
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Comments An Oasis in the Philippines – Marco Vincent Dive Resort
Story and Photos by Bonnie McKenna
When I entered the lobby of the Marco Vincent Dive Resort my first reaction was, “I have stepped into an oasis.” With welcoming smiles and an efficiency that rivals most hotels in the world, the staff quickly checked me in and I was shown to my room in minutes. After traveling, from Texas, for what felt like a week; all the noise and confusion of travel disappeared.
On a recommendation from friends, I came to Puerto Galera on Mindoro, specifically to stay at the Marco Vincent Dive Resort and to do some SCUBA diving.
Mindoro is one of the larger islands that make up the Philippine archipelago and it is at the apex of what marine scientists call the richest and most biologically diverse areas in the world, the Golden Triangle.
On my first evening at the resort I was treated to an ‘sunset cruise’ on board Big Beth, Marco Vincent’s safari banca (a Philippine designed outrigger boat). The boat departed White Beach for a slow cruise in and through the waterways and lagoons of the fringe islands. Tropical sunsets are always filled with a riot of glorious reds, oranges and yellows against a sapphire blue sky, I was not disappointed.
I had only four days to take advantage of ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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