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Dive Review of Polaris resort in
Philippines/Cabilao island

Polaris resort, May, 2013,

by Eldon Okazaki, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 51 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 6977 has 1 Helpful vote.

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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 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments the good: the coral and reefs were a lot better than nearby Panglao island; very colorful reefs; lots of clown fishes; some new fishes not commonly seen; the German divers usually stayed shallow to increase bottom time; I missed 17 American divers by 1/2 day. Diving was good. Resort workers were friendly and cheerful.

the bad: the operator used same dive sites (e.g., Looc or Looc pier) instead of other sites ( good thing I did not book 10 dives).
The owner Franz Bauman does demand down payment ( e.g., 3000 pesos); then, at check out, that down payment is not on the account; it is far to travel ( ~ 2 hrs.)-- TAG airport to near LOON then, boat ride to resort --1645 Php; it would take much longer if you used public transportation; on the way back I paid ~ $70 USD and public buses were too full even if I wanted to use them.
; it was expensive diving, accomodation and food compared to usual Philippine resorts.

wish I had known that It was mostly German divers (I would have brushed up on my German); all 12 dive sites were not usually dived.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving SE Asia, Hawaii, . Mexico, Palau, carribbean, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions usually follow the DM, but we were allowed to dive greater than 80 min. per dive usually ( the German divers demanded long times)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments the boat rides were short so bucket of water not needed; do notg be fooled by number of dive sites (12); far away sites would cost more; there were repeated dives close to the resort
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