I have been Scuba Diving since 1983 and I am a PADI Pro so I have seen a lot of dive shops over the years with both Good and Bad experience and everything in between. First off the staff at the dive center is very accommodating and looked after us very well. The setup everything from us being picked up in Cebu City at the airport as well as our return. Also our accommodations as well as our diving. Everything went perfect. It is nice to be able to deal with one place to set up everything we needed.
Specifically for Savedra Dive Center and Scuba Diving. I did 15 dives with them and all went very well. It was nice we kept the same guide all week (Oscar). But we interacted with all the staff and other dive pros. First I have to say Oscar we a fantastic guide. I am pretty good at spotting life underwater, but wow he spotted more micro life than I have ever seen anybody do. Also just a great person to hang out with for a few days. The shop was setup perfect from places to keep out gear while not diving to areas to clean all of you gear and even showers for us to get the salt water off between dive. If you need anything just ask and it appears. Another positive that I love is the Air Tank fills were fills. So many places short your air which can shorten your dive. In 15 dives not one tank short on air. The boat and boat staff were fantastic. Boat was a great dive platform and even in rough water due to some weather made for a good ride out and back. The boat staff always took our gear to the boat so no carrying all of your gear back and forth between dives. They do 3 dive locations a day for daytime trips and even off night diving. Between the diving the boat comes back to the shop so you can relax there or at your room between dives. Also they have loads of dive sites to choose from. Most of which are wall dives. They even try to accommodate request dive spots when possible. They did for me!
Type of diving vary. Most are wall dives. The wall dives are incredible I was fortunate to see Spanish Dancers which is not something you see everyday to large octopus and everything in between as well as fabulous coral. The house reef is incredible as well with sardines running and I am not talking one or two. I am saying hundreds of thousands. Even a Airplane wreck dive. So much to choose from I hated to leave.
Although I did not personally do any training with Savedra I did observe their staff. Very professional and caring. Not looking just to pass people through to make money, but to make sure they were trained correctly. I have seen so many places just pass people through just to get the next. They were not like this at all. I am sure to someone just wanting a certification and to do it in a hurry they might not like this. But I can tell you it is important as it is not just for the safety of their student but also for the people they dive with. I have to given them a A+ in the training I observed while there. So if you want to get certified by a Dive Shop that will do it right and cares about you and the environment Savedra Dive Center is the place for you.
I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed my time and diving. So thanks to everyone at the dive shop and hey if you can get Oscar to lead your dives I promise you will not be disappointed.
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