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Dive Review of Sea Explorers Philippines/Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort in
Philippines/Negros Island

Sea Explorers Philippines/Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort: "Pura Vida Beach and Dive Resort - Philippines", Jul, 2017,

by VickiSingley, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9893.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We went to the Philippines on a Kids Sea Camp trip, our third. It was absolutely fabulous. KSC does such a great job of training the kids and letting them dive together, while the adults go diving. Pura Vida is an absolutely gorgeous resort, with beautiful, apartment-like rooms. The dive boats are the best I have ever been on -- big, roomy, and with super cool outriggers on both sides. The dive staff was fabulous. I was diving with a torn tendon and couldn't get up the ladder with all of my equipment on. They were always right there at the ladder to help me take off my equipment and hand it up. The dive masters were incredible at pointing things out, even the smallest macro species. We did a mind-blowing dive one day at Oslob Island with EIGHT whale sharks!! We also dived at Apo Island two days, which is like diving in the middle of an aquarium. There is a great variety of diving. The food was good and plentiful, and the people were lovely. It was the trip of a lifetime, even though we have also been to Palau and Fiji with KSC. Those were fantastic trips, too, but this one was really special. One thing I would caution people about: my regulator and computer were confiscated at the airport in Manila on the way home. I was told they were "forbidden" items to take on the plane, even though no objections had been made on previous legs. I spent an hour trying to get my equipment back and had to check it. So, don't try to carry on your regulator or computer if you have to go through security in Manila.
Websites Sea Explorers Philippines   Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Thailand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Roatan, Cozumel, Belize, Flower Gardens
Closest Airport Dumaguete Getting There I flew from Houston to LAX to Manila and then to Dumaguete. It's a very long haul, but worth it.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp -85°F / -29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions We were given good dive briefings before each dive, with max depths and bottom time. We usually had only 4 or 5 people to one dive master.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I am not a photographer, so I can't really comment on the accommodations for photographers.
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