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Dive Review of Sea Explorers Philippines/Pura Vida in
Philippines/Malapascua, Negros, Bohol

Sea Explorers Philippines/Pura Vida : "Diving the Philipines with Sea Explorers", Aug, 2017,

by Margo Peyton, SC, US ( 1 report with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9711 has 3 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Wakatobi Indonesia, Cayman Is, Galapagos, Costa Rica, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Bahamas, Bonaire, Curacao, Palau, Yap, Socorro, Sea of Cortez, Jamaica, Belize, Mexico, Australia, Roatan, Utila, St.Thomas, Tortola, St.Kitz, Cape Cod, Florida.
Closest Airport DMG- Dumaguette Getting There Direct non stop to MNL then connection to DMG. You can also fly into Cebu or TAG airports. Its best to fly Philippine air, as there is no additional baggage cost on the domestic portion. Also its the same terminal in MNL. Otherwise you have a 2 hr transfer in MNL from International to domestic terminal.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1 hr dives, computers a must. Guided shore dives. Not allowed on your own.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There is not much you will need that they don't already provide. A great place for macro, that is the best offered. Wide angle with the Whale sharks and NO flash is al ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
There is much fear out there about traveling to the Philippines these days, but I have to say I felt extremely safe with Sea Explorers. They have someone meet you in MNL and guide you all the way to Dumaguete and in my case, we flew into Manila then to Cebu and we headed 3.5hrs to Malapascua for 3 days to dive with the Thresher sharks. This excursion adds much time and travel to the schedule, but well worth it. I had waited my whole life to dive with Thresher Sharks and the fact that there is no feeding is incredible. I stayed at Ocean Vida resort on Malapascua Island. The ocean front rooms are the best. They are right on the beach and spacious. The upstairs rooms have better views and are quiet. I would avoid the garden rooms. They are noisy and overlook a sand lot. The restaurant was excellent and the dive shop is full service. It was a 12hr transfer from Malapascua to Dumaguete. Via a 45 min boat ride + 4hr car ride back to Cebu then a 5 hr private van that Sea Explorers arranges. Then another boat trip 1 via boat to Dumaguete and then a 1 hr car ride. You can also take a 30min Helicopter for $900 if you prefer the shorter route as some of my companions did. Sea Explorers arranges that to. Payment for the helicopter is wire transfer onl ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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