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Dive Review of Seaquest Dive Center/Hannah's Place in
Philippines/Moalboal, Cebu]

Seaquest Dive Center/Hannah's Place, Apr, 2007,

by Gayle & Bob Bringas, OR, USA (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 3413.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving North Sulawesi, Raja Ampat, Bali, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Red Sea, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Palau, Truck, Tahiti, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Guided dives only
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Due to travel agent error, we were booked at Hannah's Place instead of Sumisid Lodge. Sumisid is attached to the dive center. Hannah's Place is a five-minute walk to the dive shop. The dive package was two dives a day and three meals, so we walked back and forth five times a day. The full-board plan is buffets at the Sumisid Lodge. Food was plentiful, Asian/Filipino dishes a majority of the time. Hannah's Place is on the beach and has five rooms arranged around a private courtyard with air conditioning, minibar, plenty of storage. We stayed seven days in Moalboal prior to the dive safari. For us, that was 2 or 3 days too many.

Diving was done either from bangka or skiff, depending on how many dive groups there were. The skiffs are easier to dive from: faster to the dive sites, back roll entry, dive ladder exit after handing up all your gear. The bangka is slower, the deck was too high for a back roll entry and too rocky for a giant stride, so we did side-roll entries. The exit ladder was fine, but the crew member had to climb down the ladder if you were going to hand up more than your fins. To board the bangka, a plank was angled from the beach to the bow. The boat crew was always willing to give you a steadying hand.

The dives were all wall dives. Slight current, 50-60 foot visibility, 83-84 degree water, no Nitrox, 60-70 minute dives, always dive as a group with dive guide. Encountered lots of jelly fish on one dive at Tongo Point. Dive sites were put on the white board and divers signed up for the site they wanted. If a diver wanted a particular site, others had to sign up as well in order for the dive to go. Usually, four to six divers were needed.
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