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Dive Review of Sea Dive Hotel in
Philippines/Coron, Busuanga island

Sea Dive Hotel: "Wreck diving at Coron, Philippines", Apr, 2015,

by Eldon Okazaki, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 51 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 8185.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The good: short dives in 28 deg. C water; except for Barracuda lake which had 37 -39 deg.C); short dives for deep dives ( 39 Meters); only 6 main wrecks; Sea Dive operation is very well organized; discounts are given for 2 dives/ day and 3 dives/ day; the DMs are very skilled in leading the dives and bringing you back alive ( no deco.); 2 safety stops. The dive shop, hotel, boats, restaurant are all in 1 place and very close to town, The reefs ( after wreck diving) have very abundant sea life but bad viz. ( about 5 meters). The local eateries have very low cost; e.g., lunch could be 85 to 120 peso ( 44 peso/ USD) and dinner could be about 200 peso; higher costs at the hotel.
The bad: dives are regulated to 30 to 35 min. for deep wreck dives; you could hang on the line longer. The Wi Fi is very slow usually. The Sea Dive hotel ran out of water 3 mornings in a row; there was lack of water for 2 days . But, if you asked for a discount, the cashier gave 10% discount for that inconvenience. The wreck diving was not all that exciting even though there were shells or live bombs and a human jaw bone.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, caribbean, Palau, Philippines, Indonesia, Sipidan, Mabul, Similan islands, Malaysia, etc.
Closest Airport Busuanga Getting There flight; avoid Philippine Air Lines ( excess wt. over 10 Kg)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 27-28°C / 81-82°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 5-30 Ft/ 2-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions You could only dive to bottom of the wrecks (39 M).
The dives were regulated for depth and time; reef dives were as long as 45 to 50 min.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments You sometimes got a barrel of water; on 2 dive trips, you had to ask for bucket of water.
One woman had a small leak into her camera. There was no shop to help her camera. Many dive shops near by not for UW photog.
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