We joined Dive Cal's Apo Reef Trip in mid-April and had a positive experience all around, starting with my initial contact with John several months ago when we were looking for a way to dive Apo Reef. At that time, Dive Cal had no live aboard trips planned, but John said he'd let me know if one was scheduled during the time we were planning to be in Coron, and he did just that. He was very responsive and helpful. The trip itself exceeded my expectations in every way. The boat, while basic, was quite comfortable - there were 10 people in our group, which was close to the maximum of 11, but it never felt overly crowded. 2 bunk rooms slept 6 people in each, and some of us slept outside under the stars. The reef was a kaleidoscope of colors and fish - we were told that we were guaranteed to see sharks and turtles, and we saw more sharks than I could count...also schools of barracuda, wrasse, grouper, jack. Incredible diving experience. Great visibility, fun drift dives with gentle current. Martha, our dive guide, made everyone feel comfortable from the start and, as others have mentioned, is part fish. She is an exceptional guide and seemed to know everyone's dive profile after the first dive, then gave us freedom to explore on our own, while staying close at the same time. All the crew were friendly and helpful, assisting with equipment, providing buckets of water for daily showers, etc. Food was great and plentiful. Many of us brought snacks, but they weren't really necessary, though they disappeared quickly.
I would definitely dive Apo Reef again and wouldn't hesitate to go with Dive Cal. It was one of the best diving experiences I've ever had. Note: we dove with another operator in Coron (wrecks) and without question Dive Cal provided superior service.
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