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Dive Review of Seaquest Dive Center/Oasis in
Philippines/Bohol, Panglao

Seaquest Dive Center/Oasis, Feb, 2010,

by Bernie Lutz, NC, US ( 1 report). Report 5445.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Mostly Caribean and South Eastern US
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 78 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The dive masters made sure that you are always following up with a safe dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Summary -- Traveling in a group of four, we agreed that our dive vacation to the Oasis Resort / Seaquest Dive Center exceeded all of our expectations. The dive center is located on the west side of the island of Bohol (Panglao) right on Alona Beach. For the entire two weeks, we encountered friendly and very helpful people, a great variety of delicious fresh food both within our resorts restaurant as well as outside within easy walking distance. The prices were very affordable. A bank is within walking distance; wireless internet access is available in the lobby area and other locations along Alona Beach. Several small stores are within walking distance.

Travel agent -- The entire trip for four people was booked through Action Sport Philippinen GmbH & Co KG, www.action-sport.de. The cost per person for the entire trip was Euro 1,692.00 and included airfare from Munich to Manila on Etihad Airlines, continued to Tagbilaran (Bohol) on Philippines Airlines, hotel in Manila, airport transfers, breakfast and 20 dives. Action Sport provided prompt service and provided the necessary information and documentation with proper advanced notice.

Dive Center -- Upon arrival at the Seaquest Dive Center ( www.seaquestdivecenter.ph ) we were greeted by the friendly office staff with cocktails while the dive guides carried our luggage to the rooms. Our rooms were simple, clean and functional with a nice bathroom and hot shower, fully stocked refrigerator, in room safe and air conditioning. Each front entrance has a bucket filled with fresh water to rinse the sand off before entering and a large umbrella for the occasional rain shower. The rooms were part of a new resort expansion and only a few convenient steps from the dive shop. After a brief check-in at the dive shop, we were ready to dive within less than an hour after arrival. The beginners in our group were taken through an orientation dive. The dive shop was very accommodating with our dive itinerary. If we wanted to do a dive at 6am, we had staff supporting us. Diving was at our pace and all dive guides were extremely helpful in pointing out marine life. It became very obvious that there was good communication and teamwork within the entire staff. When we reserved a spot on a dive boat that left early and returned mid afternoon, the restaurant staff approached us in a cordial manner to find out if we liked box lunch prepared by the kitchen.

Food Even though there were many places within walking distance offering great fresh fruit, seafood and European / American cuisine, we ate through the entire menu at the Oasis restaurant and found most items on the menu very delicious. Adjacent restaurants offered daily buffet of fresh catch some of the most delicious seafood you will ever taste.

Diving Water temperature was around 26 C (78F) the entire time. Visibility ranged around 15 meters (45 ft) except around Cabilao Island, located about two hours by boat north of Alona Beach that had visibility of around 27 meters (80 ft). A rich variety of marine life that offers itself for macro photography was present including Nudibranches in brilliant colors and shapes, Ghost Pipefish, octopus, scorpion fish, lion fish, garden eels, ghost eels, huge variety of hard and soft coral. The larger marine life included turtles, white tip sharks, some sting rays, barracudas, jacks, large schools of sardines. Some groups encountered whale sharks around Cabilao Island.

Dive Boats The local reefs were visited with a small boat holding up to 8 people. The same boats were also used to shuttle divers from the beach in front of the dive shop to the larger boats. The larger dive boats had bamboo pontoons on both sides which supported the ropes for waiting divers while in the water, easy access to the dive ladder and good stability at sea. The main deck was covered with a canopy for shade. The front of the boat area was spacious making for easy access to the dive gear.

Dive Guides - The dive shop provided large plastic crates at the beginning of our stay that were labeled with our names for easy identification. The dive guides made sure that our crates were on the boat for each dive that we were signed up to do. All guides were friendly and helpful, assisted whenever needed and very flexible and accommodating with our groups desires for diving. There was no rush diving and for those taking underwater pictures, it was greatly appreciated. Their knowledge of the underwater world was outstanding and they pointed out plenty of things that would have gone unnoticed otherwise. After each dive, our tanks were switched out and the gear placed for easy access for the next dive. Fresh fruit and dry towels were offered after each dive.

Staff / Service The owner was often visible but stayed mostly in the background. The General Manager was always around supporting his staff and asked frequently if everything was to our satisfaction and how they could serve better; Clearly an actively managed operation with the customer in mind.

Things to do -- Dolphin watching; Bohol tour including the Chocolate Hills; Motorcycle rental; Massage on the beach; Water parks, shopping, great dining on the river boats etc.
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