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Why I Chose Sidive
On a very warm Wednesday morning, I was preparing my stuff for a day of diving with Sidive Diving Training Centre. The previous night there was a very bad thunderstorm so I was dubious that we would be diving that morning but to my surprise, the thunderstorm didn’t change anything, which was great. I arrived at the shop at around 8:20 am and Alfred, the instructor I had on my scuba diving review course, had already set my kit out for me. He then proceeded to introduce me the other divers who were going to be on the same boat trip, a couple of very nice men from Sweden and a woman from Japan.
So why did I chose Sidive from the many many, dive shops on the island? Well to tell you the truth before I completed my scuba review course with Sidive I simply googled scuba diving in Cebu and Sidive popped up. After completing my scuba review course I was very happy with the level of professionalism from my Instructor Alfred and how much he knew, he has been diving for 17 years to be fair, so this was the only dive company I was going to book with. I was going on a boat trip which included three dives, and for a very good price, I was happy to pay to go.
You can see Sidive’s prices from the link here.
So we hopped on the boat and set sail to the first dive site called Hilutungan Sanctuary.To dive here there is a fee of 300 pesos when you arrive at the site. Upon arrival at the dive site, I was buddied up with the Japanse women who was a great diver and took control of us two whilst under the water. On this dive, we went to a depth of 20 meters which was amazing and with the visibility being around 15 metres we were able to see everything around us. On this dive there was a lot of beautiful fish of all shapes and sizes which was nice to see but nothing that blew me away, still a great dive none the less with being under the water for 52 minutes. This was my longest ever dive.
There was an interval of an hour between dive one and dive two so I took that time to have some snacks I brought on the trip and admire the view of the beautiful water. Dive two was at the same sanctuary however just at a different reef. This dive was only slightly different to the first and this was because we only went to a depth of 18 meters with visibility being about the same as the first. All the marine life was similar to what it looked like to me except the occasional Baracuda which was still pretty awesome to see. This dive had a bottom time of 50 minutes coming in at my second longest dive ever behind the first dive on this trip
Another interval between dive two and dive three let me eat lunch that I had brought with me for the trip. Dive three was at a different sanctuary. This was only a small sanctuary fee of 100 pesos. After we had arrived there was still time to wait before we could get back in the water and dive, so the closest thing to scuba diving is snorkelling. So that is what I did. There were loads of fish around the boat so it would be silly to not get in the water and snorkel.
Finally, it was time to dive again. This was the shallowest dive of the day with a depth of 13 metres. Even though it seems shallow compared t the others it is still very deep water. This was very different compared to the last two dives as I saw about 20 Jack Fish together and also around 5 Baracuda’s together which is amazing. I also saw the biggest starfish I have ever seen which was blue in colour and around a foot in size. To top it off I saw the rare Lionfish as well. For me, this was the best of the three dives.
Would I Dive With Sidive Again?
Absolutely! They are a very professional company who has very experienced dive masters that love their job. I felt very safe under the water having soo much experience in the same dive and with seeing amazing dive sites, I absolutely would dive with Sidive again.