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Dive Review of Mermaid Divers in
Philippines/Puerto Galera/Sabang

Mermaid Divers: "A nice hotel with great diving!", Jul, 2018,

by ROBERT PECORARO, HI, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 10373 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my third trip to Mermaid Resort/Divers. The hotel is just at the edge of town and away from a lot of the noise from the bustling activity. The rooms are comfortable and the hotel is well kept. There is a restaurant on site and it is very good. The diving is conducted from their small shop at the waterfront, a two or three minute walk from the hotel. The shop has small lockers and shower facilities for your convenience. They serve complimentary water, coffee and tea for the divers, as well as a small bar for when the diving is done. The dive groups are small and the boats are fast and comfortable. There divemasters are great at finding all types of critters. The diving is diverse, offering the chance to see beautiful reefs, muck sites and a couple of small wrecks. The town of Sabang is a mixed bag. There are a lot of good restaurants to choose from and there are plenty of places to get a good, inexpensive massage. Sabang has a small, seedy underbelly in the center of town, that is easily avoidable for those who are offended by such things. Just stick to the main drag and the waterside to find great places to eat and spend plenty of time underwater. You won't be disappointed.
Websites Mermaid Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Continental US, Hawaii, caribbean, Indo Pacific, Africa, Asia, South Pacific, Antarctica
Closest Airport Manila Getting There Fly into Manila, take a bus or private transport to Batangas and then an hour long ferry to Sabang. Private transport available from Mermaid for a price.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They are divemaster led dives, but they are pretty liberal and based on the ability of the divers participating.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments There are no rinse facilities on the small boats, but there is a separate, large rinse tank for cameras at the shop when you return. There are plenty of tables at the shop to work on your gear if necessary.
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By report author: ROBERT PECORARO in HI, US at Jul 29, 2018 12:20 EST  
FROM THE AUTHOR. ...Please note that although this report was written in July 2018, the trip took place in April 2018. I missed changing that when I was filing the report. The difference in weather between April and July can definitely impact a dive trip.
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