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Dive Review of Seaquest Dive Center/Sumisid Lodge in
Philippines/Moalboal

Seaquest Dive Center/Sumisid Lodge, May, 2011,

by Eldon Okazaki, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 44 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 6067.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, caribbean, Palau, Yap, Cayman Brac, Mexico, SE Asia, PNG, Great Barrier reef, Verde island, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions depth limits were your own once the divemaster (Rudy) observed you; the dive time was usually less than 1 hr.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments short boat rides, so bucket for my camera was not really needed; I was only diver who took phots that week

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments the bad: biting bugs in room and parlor; but, once mentioned, they sprayed my room and used mosquitos repellant candle; Sumisid lodge had expensive dinners (the worker there said it costs 650 peso for dinner); the toilet was very cramped there; I would not do it but the backpackers hotel (1 block away) had 3 nights and 5 dives for 4,999 Ph peso (which is ~ 1/2 of my diving and lodging costs; Magic island resort had sold out and I saw their 3 bangas full a few times.
the good: Rudy and his assistant, (Cino or Sino) were competent and found turtles, ghost pipe fishes, pegasus, sea moth, sm. critters, etc.; they did do 1 dive in AM and 1 at 2PM or were flexible and did 2 AM dives; a few dining places were very cheap or reasonable; while, Eve's Kiosk had good and low cost dinners (e.g., 95 peso for Pancit Canton plate)and her rooms were 500 peso. nite for fan room and 1200 peso. night for air-con. room.
wish I had known: turtle bay was reputed to have space for 30 divers but usually had 5 divers and the food there was reputed to be very excellent.
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