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“Great Little Dive shop”
Review of South Sea Divers

South Sea Divers
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Sabang
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Since 1983 our relaxed and friendly dive shop has been conveniently located right on Sabang Beach in Puerto Galera, Philippines. Within a 10 minute boat ride you can enjoy a wide range of scuba diving experiences; from exploring wrecks and leisurely drift dives in shallow bays, to challenging depth and exciting current dives.We dive only in small Groups and are happy to cater for individual needs and wishes.
Reviewed April 7, 2017

Thanks for a great dive. Paul was an excellent instructor and took great care of my fiancé during her DSD. It was just the 3 of us for the dive.

Thank CoryC123
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Reviewed March 31, 2017

Boutique dive shop with nice, friendly people, good equipment and good boat. Unfortunately we didn’t dive with them a lot, have to leave in Anilao. But in case if we stay, I guess we will have good time with them. We like a lot the owner; he is European guy, very honest and open. Coming to the office, you feel that you are at home and the team will care about you like about welcome guest.
I wish success to this nice dive shop and its team!

Thank ikhlopunova
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South Sea Diver... S, Owner at South Sea Divers, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2017

HI........... Just want to thank you for you nice comments of our dive shop.....we hope you come back soon so we can blow some more bubbles again together. Sky

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Reviewed March 12, 2017

This's small Dive Shop long Sabang beach with high competence and professionalism guaranteed. Moreover if you want to feel as in a family this's the right place for all divers. They are familiar with the best sites of interest where with a little luck, you can meet the best attractions of these waters..corals, micro and big fish, etc etc. They're also multi leanguage. Highly raccomand

Grazie a tutto lo staff Dave, Paul, Cherry, Amil ed anche ai ragazzi.. Mi hanno veramente fatto divertire, sono veramente un team speciale.. fidate

Thank Mario C
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South Sea Diver... S, Owner at South Sea Divers, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2017

Thank you very much Mario for your very nice review.
We hope you enjoyed your vacation in our place.
Hope to see you again.

All the best,
Sky/TEAM

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Reviewed March 11, 2017

We just finished 9 days of diving with South Sea in Sabang Beach. We did 22 dives at various sites from 30m (100 ft) to 10m (30 ft). We saw turtles, frog fish, cuttlefish, mantis shrimp, eels, sea snakes and hundreds of varieties of fish. South Sea divemasters know the sites and go at a nice relaxed pace. The reefs off Sabang are very healthy with vibrant, diverse and colourful coral.

There are 4 divemasters at South Sea, two of whom are also instructors. Safety comes first with all of them but that is closely followed by service and satisfaction. We booked our accommodation through Cherry, the dive shop administrator/manager/ambassador and everything was perfect. More importantly we felt like family. We discussed everything you could think of with Sky, the owner and Paul, the co-manager. Sitting having a cup of tea or milo after a dive and talking with the staff or whoever happened to drop into the shop was a hi-light of our day.

We heard that diving in the Philippines was inexpensive but we didn't really anticipate the value we would get. Although the advertised price is 1200 php (24 USD) per dive we were offered a rate of 16,000 php (320 USD) for 18 dives. We ended up doing 22 dives at the same per dive rate, which worked out to 890 php (just under 18 USD) each. Nitrox and a larger tank were 200 php (4 USD) and 100 php (2 USD) extra. A two dive trip to Verde Island cost us only 1350 php (27 USD) extra for the banca rental even though we only had 4 divers on the boat. Setup, transport and rinsing of our heavy gear was included so we just had to worry about masks, computers, wetsuits and fins. We had a maximum of six divers to a divemaster, but often it was 3, 4 or just the two of us....no number was too small to not do a dive.

All in all great value, great fun and some new friendships.

Thank Dave L
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South Sea Diver... S, Owner at South Sea Divers, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2017

Hi David and Chris.

Thank you so much for you kind words.........you guys are a fun couple to have around during surface intervals. We so do hope you will return soon. It makes our job in the dive shop not seem like a job with people like you around.

Sky and SSDTEAM Team

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Reviewed March 7, 2017

The dive center is pretty small. If you dive with the group there are at least 6 divers per guide. Be sure to make good agreements : they changed our rates 3 times and I am sure we overpaid.

Thank Sabine V
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South Sea Diver... S, Front Desk officer at South Sea Divers, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2017

Hello Mam Sabine and Sir Fred,

Thank you for staying and diving with us.

I’m very sorry for changing the prices, at least twice – it was an oversight on my part. My apology.


Madam, below was the price you ended up paying for each day dive ----PHP 1,450 (U$ 29.00)

With an extra PHP 250 or $ 5.00 US/person surcharge for night dives.

You had requested a private boat, private guide, Nitrox, 70-minute dive time, and a private schedule.
Our discounted price, for a group dive, on air, max 50 minutes, for someone with his own gear is P1000 (US$20.00)

Unfortunately you guys visited us at a time when diving conditions and visibility were not at their best… we are very sorry if you feel you were overcharged in any way…

Thank you once again for diving with us!


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