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November 2019 Undercurrent Article on Aiyanar Resort

Discussion in 'General Travel and Vacation Discussions' started by tursiops, Nov 12, 2019.

  1. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    The author (anonymous, of course) gives 2 stars for diving and for food, 4 or 5 stars for everything else.

    He lauds the diving, mostly, but did not like his own SMB skills; it is unclear otherwise why just 2 stars, except he mentions several times there are no big creatures.... Kind of unfair, I think. You could just as well criticize (and give 2 stars) to Galapagos diving because there are no tiny nudibranchs or frogfish. It is like going to a basketball game and complaining that they were playing terrible football.

    He doesn't like the food..."No American-style burgers or pizza." Seriously? You go to a resort in the Philippines and complain there are no burgers or pizza? If you don't like Filipino food and the way the chicken is cut up, don't go to the Philippines. Sheesh.
    Shasta_man and dirtfarmer like this.
  2. dirtfarmer

    dirtfarmer Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Northern California
    You'd think undercurrent would have some sort of editorial review?
  3. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    WHAT??? I'm cancelling my trip now! :D :D :D
  4. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Chicago & O'Hare heading thru TSA 5x per year
    Umm, there are nudibranch (like-thingies) in the G, so travel at ease.

    The DMs tend to ignore them because, well, take a guess.

    As for the efficacy of Blundercurrent, I’ve said enough about that source of “information” previously. There is an entire world of people who adore Hershey’s chocolate bars, I don’t want to rock their world.
  5. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    I subscribe to Undercurrent so I pulled up the review to see how it'd sway me, a chubby intermediate English-only diver who's never been farther off diving then Bonaire or California, and might be a little 'jumpy' about what I might be getting into. I agree the diving sounds like it's better than 2-star, though I wonder what it's being compared to (e.g.: Caribbean or Indonesian options?). A few things I notice:

    1.) He praised the macro., but emphasized to get the most out of it you need to have your act together skills-wise. I think it's fair to warn people it wasn't a big animal sort of place. Also in fairness, some destinations offer good macro and big animal opportunities. But IIRC, Anilao is known for macro diving.

    2.) I don't know to what extent his first dive site was representative of the others, but he notes it wouldn't be Caribbean-style (the frame of reference many will have), 25 foot viz. (ouch!) and all he saw was sand, gravel and discarded bottles, tires and other trash (apparently not counting marine life like the frog fish found within 5 minutes). Which leaves me wondering about his other dives and how much coral reef one expects to see, and what typical viz. is. Option to do 4 dives/day easy, plus a night dive if wanted, and dive times routinely around 70 minutes sounds good!

    3.) Hassles getting on and off a bangka from the beach were discussed; good to know. 74 Steps from room near top to beach, irregular steps, easy to stumble - good to know. Wonder if gear was taken back & forth to room? And the issue of currents leading to divers spreading out at times, thus making use of SMBs to signal one's presence to the bangkas 'a thing,' is good to know.

    4.) There was more to the food criticism, such as 'meat often so fatty he spent half his time cutting away gristle to get a decent bite.' I imagine people in the U.S., where we struggle with being over-nourished, may have different views on cuts of meat than people in the Philippines? But good to know!

    Cost looked like a pretty sweet deal, though one would have to also consider airfare.

    On the whole, I see a fairly even-handed mix of good and bad, useful 'meat' in the report that could be useful to someone. But there is something I don't understand at all:

    Diving - 2 Star.
    Diving for Photographers - 5 Star.
    Diving for Beginners - 5 Star.

    Who is the diving so atrocious for as to bring the average down to 2 stars?

    P.S.: Also wonder just what 'passable' English is like.
    chillyinCanada likes this.

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