Visayas, Philippines

DiscoveryDiver

Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime! Discovery Diving has put together a dive trip to the Visayas, Philippines that is sure to please everyone. The Visayas is one of the Philippines' 3 main island groups in the central Philippines and has a rich diversity below the water as well as above the water line. This page will provide details about the itenerary, pricing(whats included and whats not), payment due dants and travel to the Philippines.

Itenerary:

February 7, 2018 ~ Arrive in Manila (MNL airport)

February 7, 2018 ~ Transfer from aiarport to Bayleaf Intramurros hotel in Manila

February 8, 2018 ~ Eary flight to Tagbilaran (TAG) 1.42 hr - DAY 1

February 8, 2018 ~ 2 dives in Panglao or Balicasag Island or Pamlican Island

February 9, 2018 ~ 3 dives in Panglao or Balicasag Island or Pamlican Island - DAY 2

February 10, 2018 ~ Travel by ferry to Dumaguete - DAY 3

February 10, 2018 ~ 2 dives in Dauin

February 11, 2018 ~ 3 dives in Apo Island (boat dives) - DAY 4

February 12, 2018 ~ Travel to Moalboal by ferry - DAY 5

February 12, 2018 ~ 1 dive + Night Dive ($40 extra)

February 13, 2018 ~ 3 dives in Pescador Island and Moalboal - DAY 6

February 14, 2018 ~ Travel to Malapascua - DAY 7

February 14, 2018 ~ 2 dives in Malapascua

February 15, 2018 ~ Travel to Monad Shoal - DAY 8

February 15, 2018 ~ 3 dives in Mondad Shoal

February 16, 2018 ~ Beach Day - DAY 9

February 16, 2018 ~ Travel to Cebu City to return to Manila

February 16-17, 2018 ~ Fly out of Manila

Visayas, Philippines

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The Visayan Islands, also called Visayas or Bisayas, is a group of islands located in central Philippines. The Visayan group consists of seven large and several hundered smaller islands clustered around the Visayan, Samar, and Camotes seas. The seven main islands are Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Masbate, Negros, Panay, and Samar. These islands and their smaller neighbors make up the central group of the Philippine archipelago.

High mountains characterize most of the Visayan Islands with the exception of Samar and Masbate, which are exceedingly hilly. Panay has extensive easter plains where sugarcane and rice are farmed. Negros has large western plains on which sugarcane is grown. Corn (maize), coconuts, bananas, tobacco, abaca, and root crops also are widely grown and fishing is important in the Visayas.

The visayan island group constitutes an ethnolinguistic region defined by the dominance of the three major Cisayan languages: Cebuano (which is the mother tongue of about one-fifth of the Philippines' population), Hiligaynon, and Waray-Waray. Cebuano speakers  live maily on Cebu, Bohol, eastern Negros, and western Leyte.The Hiligaynon are concentrated on Panay, western Negros, and Masbate, while the Waray-Waray are found maily on Samar and eastern Leyte. While there are several languages, English is the official language spoken in all public offices and throughout the Philippine Islands.

Trip details

Arrive in Manily by February 7, 2018. We will be staying at te Bayleaf Intramurros Hotel in Manila. Located within the historic walled city of Intramuros, The Bayleaf is a 5-minute walk from SM Manila shopping mall. The BAyleaf Intramuros is a 45-minute drive from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It is a 15- minute taxi ride from Robinsons Place MAll. Manila's business district and shopping centers are within 5 miles of the hotel.

Thursday, February 8, 2018- Our travels begin early with a 6 am flight out of Manila to Tagbilaran (TAG). Upon touchdown we will be taken to Oasis Resort to put our stuff away quickly and then to get diving with the Seaquest Dive Center! We have 2 boat dives in the afternoon exploring the Panglao Island. These are reef dives with a maximum depth of 80 feet. Most of the marine life is found at 60 ft or shallower. Dive times are generally 45 minutes.

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Friday, February 9, 2018- We head from our hotel room at Oasis Resort and rejoin Seaquest Dive Center for a great day of boat diving. Today we do 3 dives at either Balicasag or Pamilacan Island. Pamilacan Island is a coral island, and fossilized seashells are preserved on the island's rocky hill. The marine realm provides cool sites to see as you spend the day out diving. A BBQ lunch will be provided. These marine reserves provide fantastic wall diving. Depths go beyond 80 feet, however, most of the marine life is at 80 feet and above. Dives are guided and generally about 45 minutes.

Day2

Saturday, February 10, 2018- Today, we travel by publiuc ferry to Dumaguete. After the 2 hour ride, we check into our new hotel, the Hotel Essencia. This hotel is in the city area near the beach, but not too far from the dive center. When we arrive, we'll be able to check in and get ready for our afternoon shore dives in Dauin. This is full on muck diving with almost no corals and mostly sand. There are some cars used as artificial reef at about 80 feet. These hour long dives will make you second guess what you are seeing as what could be a leaf turns out to be a feather star.

Fishies     DiveBoat     Day3

Sunday, February 11, 2018- Boat diving to Apo Island gives us another perspective on one of the world's first marine reserves. It has been protected for over 25 years and the coral gardens are extremely rich and vibrant. It is home to hump head parrotfish, huge schools of jackfish, barracuda, frog fish, sea snakes, leaf scorpoinfish, and nudibranchs of every color of the rainbow.

Day5

Monday, February 12, 2018- The adventure conitnues as we take a van to Sibulan port (about a 20 min drive from Dumaguete). From there, we will take the public ferry to Lilo-An port. Total travel time is 2 hours, but we will be able to chek into either Savedra Beach Bungalows or Sole e Mare Beach Resort and get ready for our afternoon dive. A night dive is possible and the cost is approximately $40.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018- Twenty minutes by boat, we will dive on walls around Pescador Island. We will be at a maximum of 80 feet for 45 minutes and can see large schools of sardines as well as a possible whale shark.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018- A longer travel day where we travel by van to Maya Port in the norhtern part of Cebu Island. From there, we will have a boat waiting for us to bring us to Malapascua. We will stay at either the Hippocampus or Malapascua Legend. Two dives in the afternoon, the first is from the shore and the second dive is at the Lighthouse dive site where we can observe mandarin fish.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018- Our last dive day should be spectacular! We will start early in the morning for a 30 min boat ride to Monad Shoals while watching the sunrise. Monad Shoal is an underwtaer island that is used as a cleaning station for thresher sharks. Many sharkes travel there for cleaning by wrasse. We'll return to the hotel for breakfst and then prepare for our 2 dives in the afternoon at Gato Island. Gato Island is a sea snake sanctuary with amazing rock formations, caves, and tunnels. Aside from sea snakes, we may also see seahorses,frogfish and white tip sharks.

 

Divers     Day8     orange     Shark

 

Friday, February 16, 2018- Chinese New Year! No diving today, but we can enjoy the lovely beach before we take a plane from Cebu City to Manila.

Friday, February 16, 2018- Fly out of Manila

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Pricing

Total amount $1900.00 (All prices are based on double occupancy)

Payment Due Dates

Due August 6, 2017: $600

Due October 6, 2017: $600

Due December 6, 2017: $750

 

Payment Includes:

~ Transfers between islands

~Accommodation for 8 nights double occupancy

~1 Night at the Bayleaf Intramurros in Manila

~19 dives plus the potential of an extra night dive

~8 breakfasts

~2 lunches

~Air and weights

 

Payments Do Not Include:

~Equipment rental for a regulator, BC, mask, snorkel, booties and fins. This charge, USD 20, is paid at each dive center

~Air fare to/from Manila and Tagbilaran

~Air fare to/from Cebu and Manila

~Tips (estimated $30)

~Lunches and Dinners not specified ($300)

~Extra dives - Night dive in Moalboal (USD $50 each)

~Alcoholic beverages

 

Changes, cancellations, and refunds

A minimum of $100 per person will be charged for cancellation once deposit has been made.

A passport is required for travel to destinations outside of the U.S. If you make changes to the reservation it may result in additional fee. Deposits are refundable (less any penalties by the vendors until 90 days prior to the start of your trip). The full payment is due 90 days prior to arrival. Within 90 days of your trip, a refund will be given based on reselling you space less any penalties by the vendors. If you are a no-show, no refunds will be given. No refunds are available for unused portions of packages.

Philippines Travel Information

We will be visiting during one of the best times of the year in the Philippines. At the end of the tour, it will be the Chinese New Year and we can expect an influx of tourists into the area. No special visas are required. Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Measles, Mumps and Rubella are recommended, but not required vaccinations for travel to the Philippines.

each traveler should have travel and dive insurance. Liability release and waiver will be signed prior to the beginning of the trip.

Filipino is the national language, however English is the official language spoken in all public offices and throughout the Philippine Islands.

The Philippine Peso (PHP) is the official currency and has 100 centavos. The US-Dollar is the most accepted foreign currency, but you can exchange your money at the Manila airport. Travelers checks in US-dollars are accepted by most banks andresorts, but exchages about 5% lower than chash.

Credit cards from bigger companies like Master-Card, Visa, American Express and Diners Club can also be used to pay bills in some hotels, restaurants and resorts with an additional charge of 3-10%, depending.