I just finished a Seafari with Submariner and it was the best dive experience I’ve ever had. We spent four days traveling from El Nido to Coron diving some of the coolest wrecks I’ve ever seen and some seriously beautiful and mostly untouched reefs. While I could spend this review discussing the amazing wonders that lurk just below the ocean’s surface instead I’m going to describe to you the amazing people that make up the Submariner team. Quick note, this is the best way to see the wrecks as we were the first boat at each wreck every morning and had them all to ourselves.
First off, I was about to leave El Nido when I walked into their shop and started chatting with Sean, the Australian manager. He told me about pricing, the nature of different dives, and barely mentioned the Seafari. I even inquired about the competition and Sean happily and honestly answered all of my questions. There are almost no other companies out there doing this type of diving expedition. There are liveaboards that cost twice as much and then there are day dives from Coron, but no company does a 4 day expedition in which they dive reefs and wrecks and allows its participants to sleep in a bed in a local island hotel each night; there are definitely no companies that do it for this price.
Anyway, I opted to miss my flight out of the Philippines all to go on this seafari. So needless to say, my expectations were very high.
And they were met. The team aboard the boat was AMAZING. They were fun, professional, and truly worked together as a team. It was one of the best examples of cooperation between Filipino and foreigner divemasters and instructors. Everyone was equal and everyone worked hard. These guys really were the best. THE BOAT CREW was great and the FOOD WAS AMAZING. I am going to spend the remainder of this review thanking each member of the boat.
Captain Roger safely navigated us from El Nido to Coron and to all of the beautiful spots in between. He is a kind man with a big smile. The boat crew with Lawrence as the mechanic, Sammy, and Albert, was on point. They got us everywhere we needed to go safely and with big smiles. I really enjoyed Kareoke with them.
Donald was my divemaster and he truly enhanced my diving skill and practice. During this trip I dropped from wearing 3kg of weight to 0kg because Donald taught me how to control my breath and buoyancy more effectively. To note, these were not my first dives, I have sixty seven dives on my log and Donald helped me to enhance my skill that much. He was awesome.
The kitchen crew was awesome and the food was so delicious. We got the head chef form Habibi and he did a perfectly blend of Filipino cuisine suited for Westerner sensibilities. It was the first time I’ve had peeled shrimp since coming to the Philippines. Every meal was spectacular.
AJ was the trip captain and this guy is the man. He is 21 years old and has the leadership and professionalism of a very experienced trip organizer and guide. He is funny, professional, and extremely helpful.
The rest of the diving team were extremely helpful, outgoing, and caring as well. Even though they weren’t my dive leaders they were always there to help. Thank you Flo, Abel, JoJo, David, Donald, and everyone else who made this trip possible.
Definitely go with Submariner. They were awesome in every way. I’d give them 7 stars if i could.
Also, if you want to see the wrecks the right way, you have to be the first ones there.