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Dive Review of Sea Explorers/Ocean Vida in
Philippines/Malapascua, Cebu

Sea Explorers/Ocean Vida: "An enjoyable week", Jun, 2015,

by Frederick R. Turoff, PA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 28 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 8306 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving USVI, BVI, lesser Antilles, Bonaire, all three Caymans , Coco Island, Revillagigedos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines, Micronesia, Red Sea
Closest Airport Cebu City Getting There Fly from Manila - leave at least 2 hours between flights as there are three terminals in Manila with the local flights at a different terminal than international flights. Once in Cebu City, there is a 3-hour car ride north to the tip of Cebu, then a half-hour boat ride to Malapascua. The road is under much repair this summer, 2015 so it can take longer until the road is finished.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Check your nitrox before dives; most dives went around 1 hour. Only the thresher shark dive was shorter, since we waited at 95' for the sharks.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None 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 Rinse tanks in dive prep area, but only a small bucket on boat, however boat crew h ... 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 5 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
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Beginners 4 stars
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Comments Malapascua is a small 1x3 mile island off the north tip of Cebu. Getting there in June, 2015 involved a short flight from Manila to Cebu City, then a 3 hour ride north on a road on which many areas are being worked, then a 30 minute boat ride to Bounty Beach, the south end of the island where there are numerous resorts and dive operations. [If you have a connection in Manila allow at least 2 hours as there are three terminals, with the domestic terminals a short ride away from the international terminal.] I stayed at Ocean Vida, run smoothly by German Sven Zenker, while Sea Explorers oversees the dive operation. John & Kat Nash ably direct that program, with numerous dive guides available. My buddy and I shared a garden room on the beach level and just around the side of the main building that housed the operations center, the dive area and the second floor restaurant. [There was no photo room, so photographers had to take cameras back to their rooms, but it is planned for the near future.] Internet is free, but occasionally we had connection problems. All of what I saw was beachfront, so walking around was easy and often without shoes. The main village and a fishing village are close by for tho ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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