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Malapascua or anther island in Cebu for 5 days diving

Discussion in 'Philippine Paradise Divers' started by btonthemove, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    There are enough dive sites around Malapascua to keep anyone happy for 5 days of good diving. Whether the operator has enough demand to go to eg. Dona Marilyn is another story.
     
  2. chlorpheniramine

    chlorpheniramine Angel Fish

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    Enough dive sites, definitely. But good diving? Not what my group experienced.

    Went there, not impressed.
     
  3. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    For sure, we all have different opinions.
     
  4. matt_reed

    matt_reed Tech Instructor

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  5. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    He/she probably expected the wreck is covered with healthy growth of hard and soft corals at 30m+!!
     
  6. rob1967

    rob1967 Divemaster

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    Lol, good one!


    I don't understand how the Dona Marilyn can fail to impress. It's big, it's deep, it's remote, it's covered in corals and fish. Plus, 250 people died on it. That has made a haunting impression on me.
     
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  7. clgsamson

    clgsamson Koya Kap

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    He's not impressed cuz maybe he's not particularly fond of wrecks. I think he gets bored easily.
     
  8. currier

    currier Solo Diver

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    I couldn't agree more! Having spent more than two weeks there just recently, I can say in all honesty I'd have stayed another two if possible.

    If given the chance, I'd spend an entire week out there on that big beckoning wreck. Oh, wait a minute! That's my next planned trip!

    There's so much more to Malapascua than just the threshers ... mandarin fish, harlequin shrimp, manta rays, nudi's, whitetips, frog fish, blue ringed oct, grouper, pygmy seahorse, ... ... Heck, our boat was accompanied by a pod of dolphins just returning from a thresher dive one morning!
     
  9. btonthemove

    btonthemove Angel Fish

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    There are mandarin fish?? My favourite fish! Yep, this is definately going to be a great week! I'm having a bit of trouble with accomodation for the full 6 days. May have to move between 2 places. Any recommendations? i thought some places would do a combined transfer from Cebu + accomodation + diving. Seaquest's website keeps crashing on my, but my work machine is fit for a museuem.

    Do you need airconditioning there or is a fan sufficient (I survived Lembeh with a fan, Solomon Islands- so grateful for an airconditioned room.



     
  10. currier

    currier Solo Diver

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    I stayed right next to Evolution at Aabana (Mike & Diose's). Very hospitable, a nice basic place, rooms to cover varying budgets. Cheapest was 400PHP, 500PHP (I stayed in both), upwards to 4000? Another lower cost one was Mr. Kwiz(sp?). I also toured Hiltey's and Purple Snapper, both were quite pleasant, but slightly further from the beach (tiny island, 4 min. walk).

    Air con. is pricey on Malapascua due to the high cost of electricity. Every resort must pass the cost onto to guest, some I guess charge flat rate, others charge per usage. I am accustomed to tropical environments, so I didn't even bother with a fan most nights. And I'm cheap! But to each their own.

    If you haven't found your dive op yet, I highly recommend Evolution. The owners, staff, and facility are top-notch. They also have comfortable bungalows on the beach.
     

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