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Dive Review of Sea Explorers Philippines/Pura Vida in

Sea Explorers Philippines/Pura Vida: "Visayas - Cabalo", Apr, 2016,

by BOB HUCKABEE, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8893.

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 international hop from Hong Kong, Singapore, ...

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 30 meters max. 60 min. max. : must follow guide
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None 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 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. The Visayas are reported to have 10-30 M visibility. Perhaps we arrived at a seasonal change. Mostly wall diving with poor visibility.
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 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
The Pura Vida resort is beautiful and sits on a remote, quiet island. The island didn’t have electricity until 2015. If you come here I highly recommend getting an upgraded, upper story room for the sunrise views alone. They are so beautiful that I am going to frame one of the many pictures I took from the veranda. Wi-fi is only available in the dining room.

The Cabilao resort is one of my all-time favorites in terms of the views and the room. The upgraded rooms are up on a cliff so you’ll be climbing steps to get to your room. Although these rooms are not as convenient as the standard rooms are to the dive center, they are more convenient to the dining hall which is located halfway up the hill. Breakfasts consisted of fresh fruit and juice, mango crepes, bacon, eggs, cheese, etc. You select lunch and dinner from 3 options that change daily. Since there are no other restaurants on the island you must pick from the limited menu.

The dive operation
The dive operation was fine but not 5 star. I asked for a large tank but there were none available and no follow-up from the dive center. You can hang wetsuits on a rack that dries quickly because it is in front of the ocean and the breezes dry everything in short order. The rinse tank was convenient to the drying rack. All gear is put away nightly. You are responsible to rinse out your gear and either put it in your bin or bring it to the boat.

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