Philippines: Critter Diving in Paradise

Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Jun 28 - Jul 8, 2021
Group size: 7 - 15
Philippines: Critter Diving in Paradise
Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Blue Planet Scuba
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51 reviews

Jun 28 - Jul 8, 2021
Group size: 7 - 15

About this trip

Join Blue Planet for 10 days of incredible diving in the heart of the Coral Triangle, the world’s center of marine biodiversity. Snap photos of amazing critters on muck dives; visit the stunning reefs of Apo Island; and when the day is done, visit the on-site spa for a relaxing massage. Oh, and did we mention the food?? 

Dumaguete

Just a short flight from Manila on a long, peaceful stretch of beach lies the secluded Atlantis Dumageuete resort. Surrounded by an amazing tropical garden with some of the rarest plants to be found in the Philippines, the resort it is close to some of the most renowned dive sites in Asia — Apo Island, Siquijor and of course the local Dauin Marine Sanctuaries.

The Diving

Minimum dive certification/experience:  Appropriate for new and experienced divers. Good buoyancy is a must! Advanced Open Water Diver and Enriched Air/Nitrox recommended (both can be completed on the trip).


The archipelago is home to more than 3000 species of fish and 448 species of coral – where else can you combine unbelievable muck diving with pristine coral reefs and shoals of schooling fish? Critter diving includes blue ring octopus, ghost pipefish, mandarinfish, pygmy seahorses, flamboyant cuttlefish and more.


Most dive sites are only a ten minute boat ride from the resort, and each boat will have a small group with a divemaster. You’ll set up your gear for the first dive and then never think twice about it; staff will take care of setting it up for each dive. And there will be a hot shower and snacks waiting for you in the dive shop when you get off the boat. The dive facilities are spacious and accommodating, just like the camera room!  


The resort offers five dives each day, with the option of scheduling night dives or dusk dives to watch the mandarinfish mating ritual. We’ll make at least one 3-tank day trip to Apo Island. Enjoy some of the best diving the area has to offer with a fantastic BBQ lunch cooked on the beach or the boat.


Other Activities


Have a non-diver coming along? Want to take an afternoon off? There’s plenty to do. Snorkel, kayak, golf, hike to a local waterfall, take a sunset cruise, visit the local market, make an appointment (or three) at the on-site spa, or just relax on the beach or by the pool. 


Atlantis Dumaguete


We'll be staying at the Atlantis Dive Resort in Dumaguete. Atlantis’ forty guest rooms and suites are elegantly designed to give you maximum comfort, privacy and relaxation throughout your stay.  Their spa features four private therapy rooms plus a sauna and rain shower area.  Behind the spa is the freshwater pool, perfect for relaxing after a day of diving. 


Toko’s restaurant is right on the beach and offers daily changing menus at both lunch and dinner using fresh local products and flavors made to an international standard. Choose from an extensive list of cocktails and shakes, or sip the best coffee in town while enjoying the wonderful view. 

Travel

You should plan to fly into Manila (MNL) by Monday, June 28. (That means a Saturday or Sunday departure from the East Coast.) If you arrive the evening before, we can reserve a room for you in a nearby hotel for $70/night double occupancy. We will all travel to Dumaguete together on June 28.


We'll return to Manila on Thursday, July 8 by early- to mid-afternoon. You can plan to fly home or to your next destination that evening or Friday. Please email or call the shop before booking your flight!  

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a $200 cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 10 nights accommodation
    Double occupancy in Deluxe room
  • So many dives!
    Unlimited scheduled boat diving (up to 5 dives a day including night diving)
  • Apo Island trip
    One day of 3-tank diving at Apo Island
  • Enriched Air/Nitrox
    for Nitrox-certified divers
  • All meals
    All meals at Toko’s Restaurant (breakfast drinks, Italian and specialty coffees are included)
  • Domestic flights
    Roundtrip flights from Manila to Dumaguete
  • Taxes, etc.
    Resort & government taxes
  • International flights
    International flights to Manila
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Tips
    Tips for the resort and dive shop's excellent crew
  • Other beverages
    Beverages other than tea, coffee, and water
  • Marine park fees
    Estimated to be $50 for the trip

Available Packages

Deluxe Room, Double Occupancy
Sold Out

Have either a king bed (convertible to 2 twin beds) or a queen bed, ensuite with shower, safe, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, TV with cable, minibar and refrigerator. 


Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

$2985
Deposit: $500
Deluxe Room, Single Occupancy
Sold Out
$3460
Deposit: $500
Ocean Front, Double Occupancy
only 3 left

The Ocean Front Rooms have a direct ocean view with a private balcony or terrace complete with a hammock. Each contains a king bed (convertible to 2 single beds) plus air conditioning, ceiling fan, ensuite facilities with private shower, solar heated hot water, essential toiletries, mini bar, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, cable TV with free movie and sports channels, in-room safe deposit box and wireless internet. 


Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

$3185
Deposit: $500
Ocean Front, Single Occupancy
Sold Out

The Ocean Front Rooms have a direct ocean view with a private balcony or terrace complete with a hammock. Each contains a king bed (convertible to 2 single beds) plus air conditioning, ceiling fan, ensuite facilities with private shower, solar heated hot water, essential toiletries, mini bar, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, cable TV with free movie and sports channels, in-room safe deposit box and wireless internet. 


Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

$3850
Deposit: $500
Garden Suite, Double Occupancy
8 left

The Garden Suites contain either a king bed (convertible to 2 twin beds) or 2 queen beds, a large furnished balcony or patio, a large private bath and shower, air conditioning, ceiling fan, solar heated hot water, essential toiletries, mini bar, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, cable TV with free movie and sports channels, in-room safe deposit box and wireless internet. 


Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing! 

$3185
Deposit: $500
Garden Suite, Single Occupancy
only 2 left
$3850
Deposit: $500


Itinerary

Monday
Transfer from Manila to Dumaguete

We will fly as a group from Manila to Dumaguete, where we will be transferred to the resort. Check in at the resort and dive shop, enjoy a welcome drink and shoulder massage and settle in to your room. 


You can either meet us at the Manila airport or, if you arrive a day or two early, relax at the Manila host hotel (rooms are $140/night).

Your Organizer


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Blue Planet Scuba
51 reviews
Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.

Reviews

Amazing diving albeit chilly at times as expected. Guides knew exactly where to go and were extremely adept at spotting wildlife. Service was wonderful and organization was impeccable. Definitely a successful bucket-list dive trip. We’d highly recommend it to any keen and experienced divers.
By Martin W for Explore the Galapagos on 27 Mar, 2021
Thank you so much for the review, Martin! We are so glad you enjoyed the trip and decided to check this one off your bucket-list with us. We hope to see you underwater again sometime soon!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Mar, 2021
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An absolutely amazing archipelago like no other in the world, both top side and under water. Words and pictures will never do justice to this incredible bucket list destination. Heather and Jonas were fantastic leaders; caring, knowldegeable, always up beat, always thinking ahead, always putting the guests priorities ahead of their own...could not ask for more. Aggressor personnel were top notch. Overall an incredible experience from A to Z.
By David E for Explore the Galapagos on 23 Mar, 2021
We are so happy you enjoyed the trip, David! On top of all of the incredible marine life we were able to see, it was fantastic to learn more about the islands' volcanic origins from you. We feel incredibly lucky that you joined us! :-) We can't wait to dive with you again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Mar, 2021
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This is my third Blue Planet trip, and I look forward to many more. Traveling during Covid involves changing restrictions and requirements- Blue Planet kept us updated and helped us manage our anxiety. The resort and dive operator were incredible. This is a regular feature of Blue Planet trips.
By Andy M for St Lucia! February 2021 on 01 Mar, 2021
Thank you, Andy! We're thrilled you enjoyed the trip despite the challenges getting there. We can't wait until our next trip together!!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 01 Mar, 2021
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COVID-safe responsible travel is now possible and quite enjoyable! Blue Planet guided us through the enhanced testing, paperwork, and travel restrictions that protect both travelers and hosts, allowing us to support island communities and dive spectacular reefs. I have been reluctant to travel since March 2020 but as we all enter the “new normal” of covid and economic recovery, I am pleased to experience and highly recommend *responsible travel done safely* with Blue Planet.
By Heidi K for St Lucia! February 2021 on 22 Feb, 2021
We are so happy you could join us, Heidi! We are thrilled that everyone felt safe and enjoyed the trip. We're looking forward to many more dive adventures with you in the future!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 23 Feb, 2021
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Well organized, including from a CV19 safety perspective. Fun! I wasn't getting certified, but we had loads of wonderful dives. Turtles, Sharks, Scorpion Fish, all the tropicals, a wreck. It was wonderful to be diving again and have such splendid camaraderie after so many months of being dry at home. Plus, the Cenotes were breathtaking.
By Ren G for Certification Weekend in Mexico on 29 Jan, 2021
Hi Ren! We are so glad you had a wonderful time. It is always a pleasure to have you join us on trips. We are also incredibly happy that you felt safe and were very comfortable with our Covid-19 safety protocols. We hope to see you underwater again soon!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 30 Jan, 2021
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