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Address: National Highway, Coron, Busuanga Island 5316, Philippines
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+63 918 285 2060

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We were searching for one of the most wonderful diving in Palawan in terms of meeting sharks. That's why we chose this Co. Indeed, we had what we wanted. Apo reef is a fantastic... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2016
Natalia C
Paris, France
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Coron, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Divemaster: The divmasters seemed not to be trained for the job. They did not care much about the job they had. They just did dive the way forth and back. If any problems occurred, for example loss of air, they did not care. This caused an very dangerous emergency exit, without security stop. Other tourist where disturbing the sea life.... More 

2 Thank sayasayareyes
Trevor S, General Manager at Dive Cal, responded to this review

It is absolutly LIE. We didn't had apo safari on June and July just because of weather conditions.That is a true breaking our reputation because they are our COMPETATOR. It simply because sometimes that's a Filipino attitude saying CRAB MENTALITY".If you up,they bring you down. More 

Paris, France
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

We were searching for one of the most wonderful diving in Palawan in terms of meeting sharks. That's why we chose this Co. Indeed, we had what we wanted. Apo reef is a fantastic place from this point of view. Then, living conditions on board are medium, especially when you are a woman 🤐👄. Food on board is acceptable: simple... More 

1 Thank Natalia C
Heidelberg, Germany
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2016

My husband and I went on a 3day/2 night trip to Apo Reef with the former DiveCal operation, now under Allan Umali's new ownership.. It was a wonderful experience. Besides us were only 3 other divers, and between us were 3 dive professionals to take care of us and make sure everything goes smooth. Allan, his son AJ and Stefano... More 

Thank GermanTraveller2016
Bristol, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2016

Had a great first time scuba session, with Stephano & Megan from Dive Cal. Never having dived before I took the "Discover Scuba" Package. This consisted of a training session with my instructor Stephano, and two accompanied dives around two of the Japanese wrecks littering the area. There was only two other customers on the boat so we had all... More 

Thank Michael J
Canberra, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Dive Cal has recently changed management, and is now known as the Umali Dive Centre (UDCC). I spent 4 days diving the wrecks of Coron with Allan, AJ and the rest of the UDCC team. Allan has been in the dive business for around 20 years, and that experience shows in his attitude to both service and safety. Groups are... More 

Thank elmitchodiablo
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016

We went on a three-days dive safari to Apo Reef. The reef itself was amazing, definitely worth it! Diving the "Ego Wall" was an experience hard to beat. Also the crew and how they took care of us, was great. However, DIve Cal (or UDCC, how it is called now) definitely needs to invest in equipment and the boat. Also... More 

Thank Sebas H
Toulouse, France
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 March 2016

We went to a 3 days trip to Apo Reef. First of all, I was really disapointed when arriving at the dive center since I paid the whole expedition via Paypal before going to Philippines, and I sent an e-mail to the dive center in order to get their agreement that everything is ok for them since I would not... More 

Thank Marjo6631
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

Camping (and it is camping) on the Apo reef was an experience, and an adventure I'm glad I did...When we got back to Coron port though, it was with a touch of relief: The well-seasoned boat did struggle on the way back in 1ft waves, we did have to be rescued by the park rangers on the second day when... More 

Thank Rob H
Level Contributor
61 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

Bottom lines: 1. The management are NOT costumer oriented, they are greedy, and even outright liers. 2. Having dived throughout the Philippines, Apo reef does not live up to the hype, and is NOT worth the money. 3. Divecal is (at best) a mediocre dive operation, as the low prices imply. Unless you feel safe underwater I wouldn't recommend this... More 

3 Thank alon a
Swanage, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 5 February 2016

A fantastic professionally ran family business that helped us achieve our Padi open water certificate, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend this company to anyone, novice or professional,great people & great fun,Thank you for introducing us to the underwater world of diving, excited for the future.

Thank kate193rust

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