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Dive Review of Sea Explorers Philippines/Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort in

Sea Explorers Philippines/Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort: "Thresher Sharks at Malapascua did not disappoint", Jan, 2024,

by Rene Cote, VA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 12873 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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 3 stars
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Comments The threshers were cool!!!!!

I stayed at Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort, and their dive operation is Sea Explorers located in the same main building.

I specifically went to Malapascua to film thresher sharks. I had not previously seen this species of shark so I wanted to see that they were all about. The threshers did not disappoint!

The day starts early to go to Kimud Shoal. We mustered at 05:00 each morning for the shark dive; the night before divers ordered their breakfast sandwich and the little brown bags were ready for us at 5AM. When everyone was accounted for, we took a small boat out to the big banca boat (the kind with bamboo outriggers). The dive boat had plenty of room on deck, and a covered area if it’s windy/raining. There was water, and hot water for coffee and tea, and bananas and crackers on board; there’s also a “bathroom” that dumps directly into the ocean. This particular boat had just been updated or was new… so new that the deck lights had not been connected yet… we boarded by flashlight and checked our gear the same way before motoring out. The ride out was about 45 minutes.

Kimud Shoal can be very busy, as that is THE place where the thresher sharks consistently come to. If you are one of the first boats there, you tie off on the moorings closer to the wall w ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Sea Explorers Philippines   Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Florida, Morehead City NC, Hawaii, most of the Caribbean including Cuba, Cenotes MX, Sea of Cortez, Socorro, Okinawa, French Polynesia, Komodo Islands, Bali, Raja Ampat, Maldives, Palau, Yap, Fiji, Philippines
Closest Airport Cebu Getting There Fly to Cebu. Then 3.5-4 hour van to Maya at the norther tip of Cebu. Then 30-40 minute water taxi to Malapascua (directly to the resort)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79-83°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The dives were mostly at 40-60 feet; so with nitrox air supply was the limiting factor. Photographers may not use strobes or video lights
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments NO camera room at the dive shop; they did have rinse tanks. Divers brought their camer ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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