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Dive Cal

National Highway, Palawan Island 5316, Philippines
+63 (0)91 8285 2060
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Ranked #14 of 21 Attractions in Coron
Type: Water sports
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Melbourne
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The diving at Apo reef was great. 9 dives was more than enough as there is not enough variety of dive site are a longer trip. This review is not about the diving itself however but instead about DiveCal the operator we chose to go on the live-aboard trip with. The trip is meant to be a 3 night/3 day... More

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Trevor S, Owner at Dive Cal, responded to this review

It is difficult to reply to someone who says we tell ‘lie upon lie’ without saying what all the lies are! We informed all divers of the changes – that the Coastguard no longer allowed night trips - before they paid and I emailed all who had advanced bookings. This diver says he did not know until the 9.00 pm... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

We spent 3 days on the boat, it was just amazing! The staff are very professional! Even if there were a lot of waves at the begining the capitain managed so well that we could sleep during the night. The food was extremely good and we had each day different kind of food and fruits. We never eat so well... More

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Gwangju, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

My boyfriend and I chose DiveCal because the price was great and they were able to be flexible with what we wanted. (I am certified and he needed a PADI). While he was being trained they let me on the boat and also allowed me to participate in some of his training dives. The dive master was very professional and... More

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Seoul, South Korea
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Had a great experience with Divecal overall. I received my PADI for a for a really good deal, had helpful and knowledgeable dive masters every time, and had friendly deckhands on board with good experience of the area(they also make awesome food for lunch).

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Price-wise, this was the only real option for me and my buddy to do a liveaboard to Apo Reef. The accommodation is very basic but adequate. We went in July and it is hot and sticky but the diving makes up for this. (Watch out for bedbugs in the mattresses despite the sweaty plastic covering, but sheets were clean. Pillows... More

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Trevor S, Owner at Dive Cal, responded to this review

The insects were not bed bugs, but ants. Alsp annoying. but at least they do not suck blood! The cabin has been treated with special Ant powder and I will make sure it is carefully checked before each trip The booked guide could not go at the last minute. We did check the certification of the reserve. We also checked... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

I was excited to see that dive cal offered a four day apo reef trip while I was to be in coron. After a couple of emails with the proprietor, Trevor, I paypalled the deposit to him. I asked him over email three days prior to departure for more information about when he would could confirm the trip as we... More

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Trevor S, Owner at Dive Cal, responded to this review

I emailed Natasha until the day before she left for Coron. I do not after that as I am not sure that she would be online. But most importantly that our Terms require a diver to report to the Dive shop in person before the Safari, We have to check Cert, fit kit etc. This she did not do. We... More

Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Cheapest diving in Coron. The resident DM, Ron Edmonds is a top guy who guided our small group around all of the wrecks with the expertise and knowledge of a pro. Went on the Apo Reef safari also(4D/3N), and this was also a great trip. The food was amazing and plentiful and always waiting for us at the end of... More

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Trevor S, Owner at Dive Cal, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, I passed your comments on the the staff concerned. They all said oit was a pleasure to dive with you! Trevor More

Manila, Philippines
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

my husband and i signed for wreck diving and found out about divecal through their website. in coron we were met divecal's german divemaster/instructor arnom. was able to say a few german words with him : ). he is a real experienced diver: he went around the world diving, treasure hunting, salvaging..making more than 7,000 dives and still counting. my... More

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Manila, Philippines
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Dive Cal is one of only two dive centres in Coron that have any evidence of professionalism. The other was Rock Steady who I also had the opportunity to dive with. The outfit is small but highly recommended. Just quite simply, fantastic. We were very lucky to be able to go on an APO REEF trip with Dive Cal. What... More

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Trevor S, Owner at Dive Cal, responded to this review

Hi! Ronaldo still with us and currently working out what new kit we need to buy in preparation for the new season. He and the other staff say 'Hi!' and thanks. More

Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

The dives were great but the equipment and the divemaster were not. They took groups of upto 7 divers with one divemaster through wreck dives which is not safe. Especially when this divemaster did not look back once to check on the divers. This caused a lot of us to get lost among the wrecks and figure our own way... More

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Mike H, Owner at Dive Cal, responded to this review

I looke dinto this very carefully. Guide: The other booked guide reported sick and it was not possible to find another. We normally have a gudeline of max 4 per guide. This also depends on the group make-up. If we had 2 DMs diving and 2 OWs we would try to put up two guides. Regulators. All our regulators are... More

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