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#1 kandace

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 01:45 PM

We were at Kasai Village Resort, in the Philippines, in March/April, 2016. We arrived March 29, 2016, flying into Cebu from Houston, Tx via Singapore. The resort has a van waiting for you at the Cebu International airport.  Unfortunately, the trip time to Kasai was quite lengthy, for us, 4.5 hrs. I don't know if the time you arrive makes a difference or not. We arrived at noon, and were in bumper to bumper traffic almost the entire trip. It only got just a little better as we got closer to Moalboal.

 

The dive resort was nice, comfortable, and clean. They have a complete camera room with chargers to facilitate all your equipment. Ask for a fan, it does get warm. There is an area for rinsing and hanging scuba gear where it can actually dry out. The guides rinse and hang up all your gear. They also take all your gear to the boat. And, that's nice since its a long walk out the pier to the boat because of tidal changes. The resort staff were very friendly and helpful . . . always inquiring about your diving day. But the best part was our dive guides, Tata, Felix, and Alan. Tata and Felix were experts in finding critters . . .  And, Alan really helped me get out to the whale sharks. Whew! What a swim.

 

Wifi is only available at the "wifi tree" or after 5pm, at the bar. The food was good, not excellent, but good. You can order off the menu even when they are setup for buffet style. Unfortunately, several times when we had buffet style, the food was cold, especially the soup.

 

The diving was okay. It is mostly wall diving. But the wall has a nice slope, not like Bloody Bay Wall, in Little Cayman. For wide angle shooting, it was a challenge since the vis was not good, I would say about 30 feet. For macro photography, much better but still I noticed quite a bit of particles in the water. The mandarin night dive is above par, not as good as Lembeh, but still quite good. Its easy peasy to dive . . . you literally step off the pier stairs and swimming maybe 30 seconds or so away. Now that's easy. I really enjoyed diving the Kasai Village House Reef so much so that I dove it several times. There's a place going south down the wall, where its like a soft coral garden, with all the colors of the rainbow. Tons of pipefish, nudibranchs and frogfish. You do have to have a guide with you, and the current can pick up.

 

Would I go back . . . probably not. Next stop . . . Lembeh Resort. One of the best muck diving in the world and all around great resort.

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Edited by kandace, 04 May 2016 - 11:18 AM.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 06:35 PM

Sounds like you had a typical Philippines resort experience - great diving, great service above and below the water, average food, and horrible traffic!  When we went to Malapascua last year it was much the same, though "only" a 3 hour drive from the Cebu airport (and a 90 minute wait for the boat which didn't turn up).  You don't mention any pelagic encounters - no sharks?  Anyway, good to know about this place, thanks for the report.  



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Posted 04 May 2016 - 11:07 AM

Well, the diving was ok, not great. There were a few dives that I enjoyed much more than the others. However, like I said, the vis was not so good. The dive guides still thought the March/April timeframe is the best time of year to go. We will not go back but may try other dive resorts in the Philippines next year. Any suggestions? I did not see any sharks, however, a few in our group did see sharks at much deeper depths but too far away to photograph. My objects were to photograph the blue ringed octopus and to dive with the whale sharks. Our whale shark experience was interesting to say the least . . . its a shore dive in Oslob. They have definitely made this dive a commercial undertaking. There were tons of people . . . divers and snorkels, swimmers, etc. From Kasai Village Resort, its approximately 2.5 hrs. to Oslob and the whale sharks. You can not use flash while photographing the whale sharks, which is fine with me. Its a shore dive with quite a swim out to where they are feeding the whale sharks. But once there, it was a pretty amazing experience. You cannot touch them (Yay!) or you will be fined a lot of $$$$. And, you have to keep out of the way of that massive tail. But, all in all, it was wonderful even though the vis was not so great. An experience of a lifetime in my book. You can see more of my underwater photos from this trip on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Mango10


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Posted 04 May 2016 - 03:50 PM

If you want to find a BRO and lots of other widely varying macro targets, Anilao is the place in the Philippines, with Puerto Galera and Dumaguete running close seconds.  Lots of info on resorts in the archives here.  For pelagic subjects including sharks, barracuda, the occasional tuna, mantas and eagle rays, and turtles its got to be Tubbataha but that is via liveaboard only. Malapascua is fantastic for the thresher sharks and has some decent macro opportunities including mandarin fish also. I have not done Oslob precisely because of the crazy scene that has developed there.  A far better experience with whale sharks is at Donsol, but it is snorkeling only, swimming off the bancas.