Discover the Incredible Biodiversity of Central Visayas, Philippines
Why we love it
At the heart of the Coral Triangle, the 7000 islands of the Philippines support a variety of eco-systems and a wide diversity of marine life. We choose the Central Visayas as they encompass a great diversity of dive sites serious divers are looking for: big schools of jacks, barracudas and turtles in Balicasag, macros and critters playgrounds in Dauin, giant trevallys and humphead parrotfish in Apo Island and of course, the famous thresher sharks of Malapascua!
The dive operator does regular clean ups, and charter frequently to research institutes such as the Australian University of Queensland 'Global Change Institute'
Who is it for?
For divers of all levels who like big and small. Note that you should have the advanced level for the Thresher Sharks dive in Malapascua, and for any night dive.
Other activities: snorkeling and some island visits
All meals & snacks, local soft drinks, social servings of local rum, beer and wine with dinner
Diving (up to 5 dives per day including night diving)
Tanks & weights, air fills
What's not included?
Gratuities for the crew, by cash only
Marine park Fee: $140 (about ... EUR) to $200 (about ... EUR)
Gear rental - to be booked in advance
Flight tickets and overnight-stays at hotels
The Visayas group consists of seven large and several hundred smaller islands clustered around the Visayas, the diversity of marine life and sites is spectacular
On the same site you could encounter hawksbill and green turtles, but also pipefish and many varieties of nudibranchs and finish with a big school of trevallies
Crocodile fish, mandarin fish, juvenile pinate batfish, nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, porcelain crabs, ghost pipe fish, but also giant trevally, humphead parrotfish and marbled groupers, large schools of sardines
Depending on the itinerary and season, you might see large pelagic such as whale sharks, thresher shark, black tip and white tip reefs sharks
Season: for diving: all year long. On land: rainy season from June to November with some showers and dry season from December to May
Currents: little to mild currents
Visibility: up to 40 meters
Water temperature: 26 to 27 degrees Celsius from December to March and 28 to 29 degrees Celsius during the rest of the year
Depth: mostly shallow dives except for the Thresher Shark dive in Malapascua
Sites range from steep coral covered walls to gentle sloping reefs and muck diving hotspots
Dive sites: depending on the length of the trip and conditions, the itinerary may vary
All trips (7 nights and 10 nights) will dive in Moalboal, Pescador Island, Balicasag, Oslob and Sumilon
Depending on conditions at the time of your trip, you may also dive in Panglao, Apo Island and Siquijor
Longer trips only (10 nights) will go to Gato Island, Monad Shoal and Malapascua, and Dauin
By default, most trips are of 7 nights length (Bohol Itinerary) However it is possible most times to charter it for groups to do the 10 nights trip and go to Malapascua - ask us
Operation created in 1996
PADI courses available on board: Advanced Open Water, Nitrox and Specialties - ask us
Languages spoken on board: English, Tagalog, Visayas
8 people maximum per dive guide
Equipment Recommended: the usual diving equipment. A 3mm wetsuit is usually enough from April to November. Equipment can be rented if booked in advance - ask us.
Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend DAN that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote
Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: nearest chamber is in Cebu.
Visas, flights, and more!
How to get there
There are direct flights from Manila (MNL) to Dumaguete (DGT) with Cebu Pacific, Philippines Airlines, and Air Asia
Disembarkation is scheduled at 8am. Make sure you have enough time if you decide to fly that same day
Important: We advise that all guests carry ALL dive related equipment (including regulator) in their check-in rather than their carry-on luggage. The Philippines Office for Transportation Security includes 'scuba equipment' on a list of blunt instruments that are NOT to be carried in hand luggage on flights originating in the Philippines
Philippines is subject to malaria, dengue and chikungunya. Take necessary precautions to avoid it
Bring reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent, a rash-guard, a sweater or a light weight jacket