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!

Conservation

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

Dive briefing!

Marine life

  • 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

Dive conditions

  • 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

Dive Sites

  • 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

The Team

  • 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

Safety information

  • Equipment needed: 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 Dive Assure that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote
  • Hyperbaric Chamber: nearest chamber is in Cebu.

Prices and Dates

Program

All trips are from/to Dumaguete, Philippines

You usually dive 4 to 5 times per day, the last one being a sunset or night dive

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

Bohol Itinerary, 7 nights trip

  • Day 1 and 2: Moalboal - Pescador Island
  • Day 3: Oslob and Sumilon Island
  • Day 4: Balicasag Island
  • Day 5: Balicasag Island and/or Panglao or land tour
  • Day 6: Half a day diving in either Apo Island or Siquijor
  • Day 7: Disembarkation 8am

Cebu/Malapascua Itinerary, 10 nights trip

  • Day 1: Oslob and Sumilon Island
  • Day 2: Moalboal
  • Day 3: Pescador Island
  • Day 4 and 5: Gato Island, Monad Shoal and Malapascua
  • Day 6: Monad Shoal and Calanggaman Island
  • Day 7: Balicasag
  • Day 8: Panglao
  • Day 9: Apo Island or Siquijor
  • Day 10: Half a day diving in Dauin
  • Day 11: disembarkation 8am

What’s included?

  • Twin share accommodations
  • 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?

  • Transfers
  • Gratuities for the crew, by cash only
  • Marine park Fee: US $140 to US$200 per person
  • Gear rental - to be booked in advance
  • Nitrox
  • Any course
  • Excursions
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Flight tickets and overnight-stays at hotels

Visa, Flights & more!

Visa

  • Many countries do not require a visa for up to a 30 days stay.
  • Please check the current visa policy that applies for your country.

How to get there?

How to get there?

  • By plane: There are direct flights from Manila to Dumaguete with Cebu Pacific or Philippines Air
  • Arrival: you may opt to arrive into Dumaguete on the day of departure, however the boat will leave at 5pm and the airport is 45 minutes away. We recommend to arrive one day before
  • Departure: 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

More…

  • 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