The dive shop is well-organized and safety is priority. The prices and guidelines were explained well by Luke.
Our dive master, JT, is very professional – asks us to comply with the rules (no buts!), but still very friendly and accommodating. He’s also an excellent spotter.
Can be improved:
One of the selling point of TSD is that the price of the dives will be well compensated of the QUALITY of their operations.
We were 4 in a group and diving with TSD for 4 consecutive days, 3 days/mornings with the threshers. On the second day (last Saturday June 19, 2016), we didn’t see any thresher sharks. The reason is that there were tech divers below 40 meters that scared the threshers away. We were at 30 meters and 4 meters behind the tech divers. We can only see their bubbles from our position.. Sadly, the tech divers are also from TSD. One diver from our group informed Luke about this, and he mentioned that there are rules and tech divers shouldn’t supposed to be on that spot. As Filipino divers, it’s really frustrating to see foreigners (especially those with high position in a dive org) not following rules. JT was very very strict to us when it comes to complying with the rules, and when we see anyone not following rules, it’s just really disappointing.
My point here is that, I think ALL of the divers at that time (there were two groups on that spot - about 7 paying divers) deserve an apology or an explanation. It’s not just about the money, but everyone exerted a lot of effort just to be in Malapascua, woke up very early (means that we need to also sleep early), and do a lot of preparation. I understand that seeing the threshers is just a matter of chance. But if that chance is further diminished by divers not following rules, it’s just very very disappointing. If we also talk about the QUALITY of the service, it’s also diminished as some divers from the dive shop are not complying.
I’m still giving 4 stars to TSD as most of our dives went well. I just hope that this same case will not happen again to any diver.
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