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Dive Review of Sea Explorers Philippines/Pura Vida in

Sea Explorers Philippines/Pura Vida: "Visayas with Sea Explores at Malapascua and Ocean Vida Resort", Mar, 2016,

by BOB HUCKABEE, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8885.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Komodo, Lembeh, Bali, Solomon Islands, Anilao, Fiji, Hawaii, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Belize, Honduras, San Salvador, Turks & Caicos, St. Vincent, Dominica
Closest Airport Cebu City, Cebu Getting There Direct hop from Hong Kong or Singapore. The trip from Cebu airport to Malapascua is a hectic 5 hour car trip followed by a small boat ferry to the resort.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 27 to 29 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 4 to 15 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Must follow guide. Max dive time 60 minutes. 30 m max.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 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 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Only one small container from mask and camera. Masks first; soap and housing donít mix. Good facilities on shore for dive equipment an ... 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 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 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments The resort
We stayed 5 nights in an upgraded ocean view room in March 2016. I recommend the upgrade, especially if you can get an upper story room. The verandas are a great place to relax and enjoy the beach view and a nice place to hang your wet gear after a dive. The standard rooms also looked okay but are farther back and have no beach view.

The internet worked well from our room (room #7) and we had sufficient room to store our gear. Although we didnít use it the room has a mini fridge. Room #7 is next to the dining room but noise wasnít a problem. The air conditioner had a couple of hiccups but management fixed them right away. I wouldnít call the hotel high end but it was certainly lovely and we didnít want to leave.

The food was good. Breakfast was the best of all the locations and you select lunch and dinner from a menu. Also note that you can walk about 10 minutes to town where there are a few restaurants if you want variety.

The dive operation
The dive center is well organized and the scheduling allows you to do a (very) early morning thresher shark dive, then come back for breakfast and still have time to do the morning dives on the boat. If you use nitrox you must analyze your tank the night before for the shark dives; otherwise you can analyze them before your day dives. However, see my comment below regarding safety - be sure to verify your tank if you use nitrox. The dive guides are excellent, especially Marten and T. Rex. Vanessa helped me fix the settings on my new computer and everyone in the dive center is helpful. They have a maximum guide to diver ratio of 1:4 and the guides ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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