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Dive Review of Sea Explorers Philippines/Pura Vida in

Sea Explorers Philippines/Pura Vida: "Visayas - Dauin and Pura Vida Resort", Mar, 2016,

by BOB HUCKABEE, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8895.

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 Dumaguete or Cebu City Getting There Cebu is a direct international hop, but a long transfer from Daurin

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 26 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 4 to 15 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions must follow guide
Enforced diving restrictions: max dive time 60 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Dive guides orientated to cruising not photography. Discussion with dive manager and guide resulted better guide support for photography and small critter spotting. Macro opportunities ... 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 1 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments The resort was our second favorite of the four Sea-Explorer locations and is located on a quiet island with beautiful views of the ocean. We stayed in a standard bungalow (Cardinal Room) toward the back of the property for 5 nights. The standard bungalows are very cute, though just a bit small, with lovely front porches and thatched roofs. The upgraded bungalows were toward the front and some had ocean views. They looked quite lovely. Wi-fi is available in the room.

Breakfast is served buffet style above the dive center and consisted of fresh fruit, fresh fruit juice, and a selection of eggs, pancakes, ham and bacon, cheese, etc. Lunch and dinner is served down in the bar area that faces the ocean. Lunch and dinner selections are made from a menu and we especially enjoyed the mango and coconut shakes. Note that there are several restaurants in town (about 10 minutes from the resort) if you have the time and know where to go. We tried a restaurant called Cats that was great. (Try their avocado shakes delicious.)

The dive operation
The dive operation has very friendly staff and everyone works hard to please. The rinse tanks are convenient and the drying rack in front is convenient for hanging wetsuits. All gear is locked up in the dive center at night. Our dive guide, Nixee, was extremely friendly and made an extra effort to accommodate our desire for muck diving. She showed us many wonders on the black sand. My only recommendation to the dive operation in general is that they should take a few minutes to speak with divers at the beginning of the stay to explain the diving options available, the current conditions, and design a plan so that divers can dive according to what they want to see. Dauin has world-class muck ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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