Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort
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... is diving and snorkelling with one of the best protected coral reefs in the world and a renowned place for turtles. Unfortunately the protected reef on the opposite side of the island was closed as it was damaged in the typhoon last year, but there was still good snorkelling on the other reefs around the island though so no need to worry. We was staying in a place called Mario's guesthouse and apart from the fact it was swarming with Mosquitos (like most ...
... organization) do this all over the world in conjunction with local dive schools. It gives local kids a chance to become professionals in a field that would often times be too expensive otherwise. The kids were super exited and it was fun to be around all that activity, even if we were just on the sidelines. When our time on Apo came to an end, we caught a ride back to Dumagete with Harold's Mansion (for "free") and now we are staying there for a few days hanging ...
... awesome little resort. It was a bit of a bumpy trail in on the tricycle but we managed to make it there safely with our bags still strapped to the back of the bike. This place is adorable. There are 7 individual beach huts in the entire resort, all with an ocean view. The main building consists of a dive shop and reception on the bottom level with a dinner area and comfy ‘chill out area’ on the top level. The resort is a fair ...
... wonderfully friendly locals who worked there. Each evening all the guests would sit around a big table together and eat, chat and find out about each other. The staff also joined us each night, sometimes divemasters, sometimes Tims parents, sometimes Tim and Zoe themselves. It really was the most relaxing and pleasant few days. I originally hadn't planned to dive here as I too wanted some rest, however....Due to the volcanic sand in the area, parts of the shore ...
... think Fawlty Towers and you may get an impression of the laid back attitude of the place. Before we arrived there had been a festival in celebration of the islands patron saint, which had left most of the staff rather hungover and tired...the chef especially, who apparently was still asleep! This meant that the extensive menu was cut down to some simple dishes, nonetheless it was very good food and continued to be throughout our stay...although the veggies amongst us had to wait a ...
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