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My wife and I recently spent a superb week diving with the great folks at Turtle Bay Dive Center on Cebu Island, in the Philippines. I realize that its a long plane ride to get there but you simply must dive the Philippines for the mega-abundance of marine life. And if you choose Cebu Island the ONLY place to stay is Turtle Bay. We were in an Oceanview room 15 steps from the dive center. The food in the restaurant was abundant, varied, and tasty. The service was outstanding and the diving some of the best we've enjoyed anywhere. Turtle Bay is a PADI shop where you can work on various certifications if you wish - this would be the perfect place to earn Drift Diver. The House Reef, a 300-meter swim from shore, is great for night dives - we found 20 sleeping Green Sea Turtles on one night dive. The Sardine Balls, the possibility for Whale Shark, the presence of spectacular fishes of many species and some of the best coral formations you'll ever find make Turtle Bay a one-stop dive center when you go to the Philippines? Would we stay there again? In a nanosecond.
We want to thank Caradonna Adventures for saving the day. Anstar Adventures had scheduled a trip to Dominica 9/23/17, but Hurricane Maria had other ideas. Liz Nieves at Caradonna managed to move our group from Dominica to the Occidental Cozumel in 4 days. We have been dealing with Caradonna for over 20 years and this event reminded us again that this a quality company. You saved our vacation and we loved the Occidental!!! KUDOS!!!!
Denise S,Read More
We had a trip to Dominica booked to start October 14th Unfortunately the island along with others were devastated by the recent hurricanes. Many thanks to Amy and Cammie from Caradonna, and Paul from Buddy Dive getting our group booked in Bonaire. I know it took a lot of scrambling on your part. You guys sure know how to take care of your customers
Andy V,Read More
I just wanted to take some time to let you know how the trip went for our group and to thank you for all of your time and efforts! Of course travel in both directions was exhausting but that was expected. The resort was simply breath-taking! To be in the middle of the Celebes Sea, surrounded by the gorgeous water, in exotic “chalets”, along with the lush and colorful flowers and tropical plants was more than we had even imagined!!!
The entire staff was so friendly and helpful. We were the only Americans there and they made sure our table was reserved for us each day and spoiled us with special treats during the meals. The meals were good and certainly geared toward the Asian population, but I think we all found things that we really enjoyed. Believe me, no one went hungry :*)
The Dive Operation was top notch!!! We had a crew of two Dive Masters, boat captain and one additional to help with tanks, equipment, etc. All were so professional and very helpful. Once we took our gear down, they really took care of it from then on. It was on the boats in the morning, after diving they would rinse everything (except our boots and wetsuits, which we took care of ourselves) and put them back in the individual crates and hung the BCs. The diving was truly amazing and everything that I had on my “bucket list” to see…….I saw! At least once! Sipadan Island was without a doubt the most spectacular diving! Ten divers with two dive masters is ideal and something we don’t often experience. They both did an excellent job finding the marine life and keeping us safe. We all couldn’t be more pleased with how attentive, friendly and very professional they all were!!!
It was truly a “Trip of a Lifetime” and we are so glad we took the journey. Thank you for all you did for us!!!