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Dive Review of Seaquest Dive Center/Oasis Resort in
Philippines/Alona Beach, Bohol

Seaquest Dive Center/Oasis Resort, Oct, 2012,

by Lisa Evans, CO, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6817 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving GBR, Fiji, Raja Ampat, Philippines, Bonaire, Cozumel, Roatan, BVI, Belize, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 84 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions One hour maximum. Stay with divemaster.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The diving here was really variable.. the protected areas - Pamilacan and Balicasag - were really good. Large schools of fish, healthy corals... really spectacular dives. Lots of sea snakes, several turtles, nudis, etc. Other areas - close to Alona Beach were so-so - definitely some cool stuff, but the coral was not in the best shape and there were very few large fish in the unprotected areas. That said, we still saw a variety of species - lots of scorpionfish, frogfish, and a variety of individuals of different species. I highly recommend Balicasag Island. We only got to go there one day - the second time it was too windy - but it's worth at least a couple days' diving there. Cabilao was a disappointment - supposedly great soft corals but that was overshadowed by the lack of fish.

The dive guides were thoughtful and competent, although they did not know a lot of the species names (in English, at least...) They were enthusiastic about diving and generally polite and helpful.

The resort was nice - very pretty, close to the beach, nice rooms. Food was okay - some dishes were good but some were so-so. The buffet breakfast was really good. I would have preferred to have paid for filtered water rather than having to buy it - at least they would refill your own bottle for a lower fee. We don't need more plastic water bottles.

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