I have stayed at Marcosas Cottages for two nights in January 2013 and dived with Blue Abyss after researching recommended dive shops in Moalboal. The choice was clear. There was no other dive shop to reserve with, according to TA.
My divemaster was Garry, who was very friendly and warm. I felt very safe diving with him. I dived over 20 times, however unlike most OW divers I need more time to equalize. Garry was very patient and always signaled asking if I was doing OK (every couple of minutes) which made me feel super comfortable.
The only thing that bothered me was the layout/location of the dive shop. It was situated on the beach, but on a higher level (sort of like a cliff). In order to get to the boats, you have to walk down a flight of rocky stairs, then walk about 50m into the seaweed-filled, stingray-filled, murky water to the boat, with your wetsuit, dive slippers on (because you might injure yourself from the sharp seashells, marine life, etc) and while holding your camera/other belongings. It was truly a pain for me, because you did that before and after EACH dive (once in morning, once in afternoon for two tank per day dives).
I personally don't like the idea of being wet and 'dirty' before diving. On the boatride to the dive sites, I am already wet without even having to dive yet!
They are in dire need of some sort of boardwalk or wooden walkway to the boats. Other than that, excellent dive shop!
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