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Dive Review of Sipalay Easy Diving and Beach Resort in

Sipalay Easy Diving and Beach Resort, Dec, 2013,

by Elliott Zalta, CA, US ( 1 report). Report 7469.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I was warned this is not a fancy boat. This trip is considered a value trip. It would be "if", the breakfast,lunch and snacks were considerably better, and the toilet had a seat. No place to rinse wetsuits for the entire 6 day trip. The boat holds 10 divers, and the dining table holds only 9. What?
Dinners were included in the resorts we stopped at each night and they were ok. There were almost always extra charges.
Were were told there would be night dives and we only were offered one during the 6 nights.
We were told ahead of time to expect extra charges for fees paid to dive in certain areas. At trips end, I was hit with about $90US in fees, which I did not appreciate since there was much garbage on every dive,(18).
There were several Europeans that smoked cigarettes often. When I asked the trip leader to work something out with the smokers, first he asked why, then he suggested I do it myself! That alone made me not want to leave a tip, but that would have punished the other crew that worked very hard and were very friendly.
Websites Sipalay Easy Diving and Beach Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Florida, California, Cozumel, Caymans, Fiji, Palau
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Reasonable depth and times were suggested at briefings before each dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The camera "tank" was the same 2 gal plastic bucket used for dipping mask before dive. Up to 5 small camera's in housings were jammed into it upon return from dives, often with very little water in it. My new camera housing was severely scratched up after 6 days of use
Forget bringing any serious equipment!
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