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Dive Review of Mikes Dive and Beach Resort in
Philippines

Mikes Dive and Beach Resort: "Back to the Philippines and Apo Island", Dec, 2017,

by Robert L Short, CO, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 10076 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Second trip to Mikes Dauin Beach Resort. Small eight room resort with decent room on the beach with a pool and restaurant. The resort is American owned and managed by Corri (England) and the dive operation is run by Jonathan (Scotland). All the dive guides are locals and are good. Nitrox 32 is available for about an extra $4 US per fill. You can analyze the tanks with their analyzer or watch them do it for you. They dive from two large and comfortable banka boats that can hold about 12-15 divers comfortably The diving off the coast of Dauin is all "muck" diving--black sandy bottom, few corals--lots of artificial reefs and all the small stuff you could wish for. I must admit I'm not into "muck" diving--I came here to dive Apo Island which is a bird of a different feather. Apo Island is surrounded by beautiful reefs and walls and lots of fish life. Turtles on every dive, tornados of Jack fish, so many sea snakes I stopped counting. Also plenty of frog fish, sweetlips, clownfish--all the usual reef fish---no big critters such as sharks. A few large groupers were seen on a couple of dives there. Several dive sights are serious drift dives (Coconut Point and Cogan) and not for beginners but great dives for intermediate to advance divers. But they don't go to Apo Island every day so I had to take the good with in my opinion the not so good--muck diving. Out of 13 dives that week 6 were at Apo Island and the rest along the coast. Don't get me wrong--I enjoyed all my dives but Apo was what I really came to dive. They do two dives in the morning and one in the afternoon on request. The first three days there I was the only diver--had my own private guide--then a few more divers showed up and it was a bit more enjoyable to be able to dive with others. We had sunny weather all week and calm seas with warm air temps in the mid 80's--water temp was around 83 degrees.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Utah, California, Akumal Mexico, Cozumel, Philippines, Roatan
Closest Airport Dumaguete Getting There One hour flight from Manila on Phil Air to Dumaguete then a 30 min van ride to Dauin and the resort

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth and time limits were set at the dive briefing but they were always flexible
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments No dedicated tabvles on the boats for cameras--only one rinse bucket on the boat that was used for everything and no plug ins for charging up batteries on the boats.
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