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Dive Review of Sogod Bay Scuba Resort in
Philippines/Sogod Bay

Sogod Bay Scuba Resort: "Not Very Well Known, but Great Place to Dive", Aug, 2019,

by Valera Sakhnenko, ON, CA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 11204 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ron's House Banka Boat Turtle Tropical Fish Nudi
Anemonfish Sweetlips Corals

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Watch my video about this trip: https://youtu.be/XZ2JvM6JXkI

Dates of Visit: August 21, 2019 – September 1, 2019

Background Information:

I learned about this resort from the Dive Happy podcast:
https://divehappy.com/diving-sogod-bay-podcast/

Please refer to a detailed report about this resort at the Dive Happy’s website:
https://divehappy.com/diving-sogod-bay-2017/

The following is a very short summary from the above report:

“Sogod Bay in Southern Leyte is still one of the Philippines’ best kept dive secrets. There’s a smorgasbord of pristine reefs, abundant fish life, lots of critters and the promise of whale sharks – and very few other people there.”

Another article about Sogod Bay I found at UW Photography Guide – ‘Sogod Bay: Dive Paradise off the Beaten Track’ : https://www.uwphotographyguide.com/sogod-bay-philippines

In my report I will not try repeating information, but just express my and my wife’s opinion and provide some tips.

Reservation: I made a reservation directly with the resort, which is my preferred way of booking. They accept payments by major credit cards, and if you process payment in local currency there is no extra charges.

Communication with the resort via email was easy, their replies were quick and detailed. They were flexible with making changes to our reservation without any fuss.

Getting There: From Manila, the best way to get to the resort is by flying to Tacloban, Leyte (“TAC”), and then take a 3-hr ride by a van that could be arranged by the resort (4500 PHP, irrespectively the number of passengers). Using a public bus would probably be much cheaper, but it will take about 5 hrs, and will not be so comfortable (I guess).

Airlines that service Manila to Tacloban, Leyte: Philip ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Sogod Bay Scuba Resort   Sogod Bay Scuba Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, North Sulawesi, Raja Ampat, Hawaii, Andaman Sea, Philippines
Closest Airport Tacloban Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 28-29°C / 82-84°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-30 M / 66-98 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 30m, 60 min
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments See report. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By William Golleyin BC, CA at Nov 03, 2019 13:48 EST  
Great report and excellent job on the video.
By report author: Valera Sakhnenko in ON, CA at Nov 03, 2019 14:08 EST  
Thank you. I appreciate your feedback.
By William Golleyin BC, CA at Nov 03, 2019 18:18 EST  
Great report and excellent job on the video.
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