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Dive Review of Sea Explorers Philippines/Pura Vida in

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

by BOB HUCKABEE, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8894 has 1 Helpful vote.

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 International hop from Hong Kong, Singapore, ...

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
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; Max dive time 60 minutes

Dive Policy
Dive own profile: 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 None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 Limited shore facilities with lots of foot traffic. There was always a security guard, but one should keep an eye on equipment until it is secured. Dive guides orientate ... 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 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 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments If partying and the beach scene is the focus of your vacation then this is an okay choice, but if diving is your focus I do not recommend the resort. It is located along a stretch of tattoo places, restaurants, beach massage parlors, and tacky souvenir shops. The resort plays loud music until about midnight and the rooms are very close to all the action, so sleep is elusive. The newer rooms in the back are slightly less noisy, but still the noise can be heard with the windows closed and air conditioner running.

Although wi-fi is supposed to be available in the rooms it is not available in the quieter rooms in the back. Our friends stayed closer to the noise and they could get wi-fi, but we stayed in the back rooms and we could not. After asking twice at the reception desk they finally said someone would reset the back router, but it never happened.

I didnít think the service was friendly but it certainly was slow. Food prices are higher here than in the other Sea-Explorer locations. You have many restaurant choices in Alona Beach. The resort has a restaurant in the front and the free breakfast includes menu choices up to a certain peso amount.

When we were ready to leave they told us to bring our bags up to the front which required a fair amount of toting back and forth. Finally a security guard noticed and offered to help.

Since the diving was poor (see review below) there is no reason to come to Alona Beach unless you want to party.

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