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Dive Review of Sea Explorers Philippines Cebu Office/Ocean Vida Hotel in

Sea Explorers Philippines Cebu Office/Ocean Vida Hotel, Mar, 2014,

by Mario Mizrahi, Mex, MX (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 17 Helpful votes). Report 7538 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We went to Malapascua to see the famous Thresher Sharks and we were not dissapointed. Trip takes 3 hours by road from Cebu and another 30 minutes by boat. Hotel is nice and cozy with a beautiful beach. We arrived in the afternoon, had a chance to rest and sleep and left at 5 am to dive at Monad Shoal. They told us these sharks are very sensitive to strong lights and that's the reason for diving so early. We did 2 dives in 2 days and encountered the Threshers (3 on each dive) at 60 ft with very good visibility. Some others went to 90 ft and had very murky water so all they saw was shadows. The sharks are curious and if you swim or stay at places with good visibility, they'll eventually come to you. With over 500 shark dives under my belt, I considered my self lucky to be able to encounter this elegant looking creature. On the 1st day after breakfast and a rest, we went to do 2 dives in Gato Island, where we encountered all kinds of things, like Whitetip Reef Sharks, Cuttlefishes, Orang Utan Crabs and 2 gorgeous White and Yellow Ghost Pipefishes.
On both nights our group of 16 divers had dinner served at long tables in the beach.
Great place and Sven and Ollie are wonderful hosts.
Websites Sea Explorers Philippines Cebu Office   Ocean Vida Hotel

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cocos, Galapagos, Roatan, Palau, Sipadan, Cozumel, Guadalupe, Socorro, Bahamas, Malpelo, Komodo, Bali, Raja Ampat, PNG, Wakatobi, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 27-28°C / 81-82°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 5-15 M / 16-49 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions At shark encounters, staying together and lying on the sand.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Best place to setup camera equipment was our own rooms with charging facilities.
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