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Dive Review of Scuba Tech Philippines/Portulano in
Philippines/Anilao Batangas

Scuba Tech Philippines/Portulano, Nov, 2011,

by Bob Penhearow, ON, CA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports). Report 6370.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Canada, Florida, Caribbean, Hawaii, Sipadan, Philippines, Thailand, Madagascar & Mauritius
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 25 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Providing it was agreed with D/M
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Not set up for camera

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Enjoyed 20 dives at Portulano under the auspices of Andy Davis - a dive consultant with Scuba Tech Philippines. I chose Andy to complete my Padi Rescue course, as well as to enhance dive skills.

The Resort
From Manila, Portulano takes around 3-hours & costs $170 by taxi (return) - very expensive considering the economy. Portulano is a small family run operation. As a small friendly, family business it is fine. No frills, a/c for a little extra but rather basic with internet on a hit & miss affair. The strength of Portulano is good food with very friendly/helpful staff. However, as a dive operation it is rather poor: difficult access to the water and damaged rental equipment - not recommended.

The Dives
Shore diving: This consisted of 80% of all dives. Anilao is a rather nice and easy diving area. It's strength is nudibranch who are there is abundance. It's weakness is larger pelagics.

Saw: Blue Ring Octopus, Cuttle fish, Decorated Crab, Razor Fish, Moreys, Trigger fish, Lion fish, Squid, Catfish, Pipe fish etc.

Boat dives:
Again rather expensive, but we waited and teamed up with another couple and shared the costs:

Ligpo Island: Wall dive 5M-25M.Looking for small sharks in cave - none.
Beautiful coral - but nothing really exciting (overrated).

Dive & Trek (fish sanctuary): Demon Stinger, Starry Pufferfish, Sergent Majors, Giant Clams, Lizard fish etc. Real fun dive!

Mainit Point:Black Ribbon Eel, various Nudibranch, large schools of anthers, Mantis Shrimp. Beware - Moderate to Strong current!

Secret Bay: 'Muck Diving" fabulous for Nudibranch!

Night Dives - These are my favourites - Great!
Reef Octopus, Turtle, Cuttlefish etc.

In summary: Recommend Andy Davis as a dive consultant; but cannot recommend Portulano as a dive resort -despite the friendly staff - unless some capital investment takes place.
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