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Alona Beach Dive Operator Recommendation

Discussion in 'Philippine Paradise Divers' started by Calvin Tang, Oct 5, 2019.

  1. Calvin Tang

    Calvin Tang Photographer

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Pacific Northwest USA
    970
    51
    Hi,

    Can anyone recommend some good dive operators in Alona Beach/Panglao area that cater to photographers/advanced divers/smaller groups?

    I see plenty of good reviews of operators that look great for people wanting to do OW/AOW training, and for handling large groups (i.e., very large boats that can handle large loads of cylinders and divers at a time). That's wonderful for the right person but pretty much the opposite of what I'm looking for.

    TIA!
     
  2. dirtfarmer

    dirtfarmer Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Northern California
    1,141
    811
    It's been a long time, but I dove with Sunshine Divers, it was a smaller shop, swiss German owned so well run and had smaller groups and boats.
     
  3. GirlonFire

    GirlonFire Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: California
    415
    137
    I’ve used both Haka and Alona Divers. Both are excellent.
    For your needs, you may ask about Manny at Alona Divers. Great DM and aware of photo needs. Joey is the owner and can answer toe questions I’m sure.
     
  4. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
    9,171
    3,329
    Make sure you have chosen one with its own filling station!!! A lot of operators are depending on ONE supplier.
    Smell the gas first before every dive if I were you!
    I wonder if the situation has changed?
     
  5. MomZo

    MomZo Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Vietnam
    167
    117
    I highly recommend PrAna Divers, Dutch owned OP, with a big boat, very well organized, and small groups underwater.
    During my 8 days diving with them, I was almost always alone with one of the owner, while other groups were having a course.
    Very fair price and high ratings in apps like TripAdvisor.
    Welcome - Dive With PrAna Bohol

    Here is the video I made from my trip there. I really loved it:
     
  6. Calvin Tang

    Calvin Tang Photographer

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Pacific Northwest USA
    970
    51
    Thanks for all the great suggestions buddies. I looked into these and a few more and ended up settling on Blue Revival. I liked that they are tec-friendly and operate with 8 divers max (most take 10, one of them regularly takes 15- too crowded for me).

    I appreciate it and will let y’all know how it goes.
     
  7. diveUAE

    diveUAE Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Abu Dhabi
    219
    141
    Happy diving, and good luck!

    We dived with Philippine Fun Divers, I believe they have a maximum of 4-6 divers. Our group of 3 had our own (very good) dive guide.

    Also: be sure to book in advance for Balicasag - like 2-3 months in advance.
     
  8. Luko

    Luko Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Paris, France
    2,165
    1,729
    I went with Philippines Fun Divers last year and arranged beforehand for private guide. They are very reactive with emailing. I had most of the time a speedboat for myself, when I wasn't diving Balicasag.
    Otherwise SeaExplorers have very good senior filipino guides, ask for Alvin he's probably the best guide for the area. The problem is that Sea Explorers cannot guarantee guides sometimes. Went with them twice.
    I would recommend both operations.
     
  9. MomZo

    MomZo Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Vietnam
    167
    117
    8 divers, it is already quite a lot!
    I don't recall we were that much customers on the boat with PrAna which are also Tec-friendly.
    Their brand logo is even representing a twin-set
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    I agree with this statement.
    With the hype relative to Alona/Panglao diving and the new airport, it is mandatory to book well in advance if you want to go to Balicasag.
    In high/peak season, like Christmas, New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year... It is impossible to go there if you didn't book your ticket weeks/months before.
     

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