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Dive Review of Thresher SharkDivers/Tepanee Resort in
Philippines/Malapascua

Thresher SharkDivers/Tepanee Resort, Mar, 2014,

by Jim Willoughby, OR, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 7567 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Although we were very well aware of the fact that Malapascua had suffered from significant damage after typhoon Yolanda, we were led to believe that there was little to no damage to the reef system and that the dive operation was back to normal as was the resort. We were not told that the restaurant that was furnishing our meals for the 9 days was completely destroyed by the typhoon. We ate under a tarp out in the weather for every meal. To be fair the food was fine but the conditions were not acceptable. The reef system was either completely destroyed by the typhoon or was never in good condition. I feel compassion for the people of Malapascua however we had a group of 21 people that spent several thousand dollars on a very disappointing dive trip. If you want to go and maybe see some Thresher sharks off in the murky water then take the chance. There is really no other reason to go to Malapascua to dive. TSD did a good job of handling a group this large given the circumstances. The staff were very helpful. No real complaints about the resort other than the fact that one of the specific requirements of our booking was that we had internet access as many of us were on a "working" vacation and the internet was non existent for the entire stay. After talking to the owner of the resort I only got excuses as to why we could not have internet. If this was told to us upfront it may have been a different matter but I was assured right up the day of arrival that we would have internet at the resort.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving PNG, Honduras, Caymans, Bonaire, Saba, St Kitts, Nevis, Bimini, California, Oregon, Anilao, Lembeh, Bunaken, Cay Sal Banks, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 78-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10-60 Ft/ 3-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes or 500psi back on the boat
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments there were no accomodations for UWPS. The boat had no where safe for cameras. The resort had no where to set up cameras and not enough plug ins for chargers. The boat did have a small bucket for a rinse tank. My camera was damaged from sitting out in the sun on one of the dives.
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