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Dive Review of Sea Explorers Philippines/Pura Vida in
Philippines/Dauin, Oriental Negros

Sea Explorers Philippines/Pura Vida: "An Excellent Choice for Diving in Dauin", May, 2024,

by David W Allen, KS, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 12979 has 1 Helpful vote.

Photos Submitted with this Report

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Sunrise at Pura Vida Frogfish Robust Ghost Pipefish Hairy Frogfish

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Having previously sampled some excellent diving in this area from a liveaboard, my wife and I decided to return for more from a land-based operation. After researching many of the local resorts we decided upon Pura Vida and found it to be a great choice. This is a very nice, upscale-casual resort that is well-run. The grounds are beautifully kept. Our Deluxe room was spotlessly clean, very comfortable and well maintained. Everything we needed to access was close and convenient. What we saw on the website accurately represented the property. Guests were an international mix, including people from Switzerland, Germany, Australia and elsewhere. The operation seemed equally well-suited to serving bigger groups as well as individuals/couples. The website for the resort is here:

FOOD (3.5 stars)
Daily breakfast, comprised of a buffet plus an omelet/egg station, is included in the base price. The breakfast buffet (rate 4 stars) was very good. It always included a variety of warm items including one or 2 meats, potatoes, pancakes, fresh baked breads, cheeses, numerous jams and more. The buffet also included coffee, teas, ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Sea Explorers Philippines   Pura Vida

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia (x5), Borneo, Philippines (x6), Fiji (x2), Solomon Islands, PNG, Red Sea, Sea of Cortez, Cozumel (x3), St. Vincent (x4), Bahamas (x3), Bonaire (x3), Curacao (x2), Honduras (x2), etc.
Closest Airport Dumaguete Getting There From Manila via Philippine Airlines.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 25-80 Ft/ 8-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions All dives are guided. Dives are typically 60 min in duration per the briefing. They schedule 4 dives per day.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The diving in Dauin is muck, not reefs, similar to Lembeh Straight. Photography is macro and super-macro (critters and smaller fishes). Day trips to Apo Island provide wide-angle opportunities.
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