Philippines: Critter Diving in Paradise

Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines

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May 21 - 31, 2022
Group size: 7 - 19
Philippines: Critter Diving in Paradise
Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Blue Planet Scuba
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$NaN
May 21 - 31, 2022
Group size: 7 - 19

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 Saturday, May 21. (That means a Thursday or Friday 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 May 21.


We'll return to Manila on Tuesday, May 31 by early- to mid-afternoon. You can plan to fly home or to your next destination that evening or Wednesday. 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
only 2 left

The Deluxe Rooms have either a king bed (convertible to 2 twin beds) or a queen bed 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!

$2,985
Deposit: $500
Deluxe Room, Single Occupancy
Sold Out

The Deluxe Rooms have either a king bed (convertible to 2 twin beds) or a queen bed 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. 

$3,460
Deposit: $500
Ocean Front, Double Occupancy
only 1 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!

$3,185
Deposit: $500
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Itinerary

Saturday
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).

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Great trip to Belize - wonderful group of people, comfortable hotel and fantastic diving. Superb viz and the best night dive in Holchan Marine Reserve - dancing eagle rays, hide and seek Octopus, giant snapper, fever of stingrays,... Thanks Andrea for leading such a great trip
By Richard H for Weekend Getaway to Belize on 24 Jan, 2022
Thanks, Richard! We're thrilled to hear you had a great time on the Belize trip! We look forward to more adventures with you and the family.
By Blue Planet Scuba on 25 Jan, 2022
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I had a great time with some wonderful people. Waiting to hear our next date to do it again.
By Tyrone K for Weekend Getaway to Belize on 23 Jan, 2022
We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the trip, Tyrone! We can't wait to have you dive with us again.
By Blue Planet Scuba on 25 Jan, 2022
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Thank you Blue Planet for another amazing trip! This was my 5th trip with Blue Planet and I am already signed up for more! Heather and Jonas did a great job with pre-travel communication, especially with unique requirements due to COVID-19. The dive operator was great. The Aggressor Okeanos II staff was very professional with a focus on safety. Diving in Cocos was amazing! So many sharks! We saw Hammerheads, Galapagos, Black Tip, White Tip Reef, and Tiger sharks in addition to rays, dolphins, tunas, octopus, mantas, lobsters, eels, and all of the fish!!! 100% recommend Blue Planet and looking forward to my next dive adventure!!
By Meryl G for New Year's at Cocos Island on 17 Jan, 2022
Thanks Meryl and we're thrilled you could join us on this bucket list trip! We're so glad to hear that you plan to keep traveling with us. We'll look forward to many more adventures with you both under the water and on land!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 18 Jan, 2022
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Blue Planet continues to organize great trips. The diving was amazing- I’m still amazed by what we saw underwater. The liveaboard crew was fantastic and worked extremely hard. The only thing that could have been improved was the condition of the boat- it’s in need of a refresh. This was out of Blue Planet’s control due to Covid difficulties and the general difficulties of getting to Cocos. Blue Planet trips always have great diving and great people!
By Andy M for New Year's at Cocos Island on 17 Jan, 2022
Thanks Andy! We're so glad you could join us on this epic trip! Hopefully the diving made up for the fact that the dive boat wasn't what you were expecting!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 18 Jan, 2022
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Another great trip with Blue Planet, my fourth, and I look forward to going on more!!! The BP owners, Heather and Jonas, make everyone feel welcome and work hard to make sure they have a great experience. It really doesn't matter where, e.g., in their shop, while taking a class, working on a certification at the quarry, or on a sun soaked trip to the Caribbean. The lodging in St. Croix was quite good and the dive shop used for our boat and shore dives did an excellent job. Heather and Jonas apparently have great relationships with all of the business partners they use on their trips. In addition, the daily itineraries are well planned and provide ample opportunities to dive and socialize. You can do everything and more each day, or take a pass on a dive or a group dinner if you want to go explore something else or just rest and relax. There are always friendly people on the trips, it is great to meet new buddies and to dive with familiar ones when you meet up with them again!
By Stephen M for St Croix: Escape to the US Virgin Islands on 17 Nov, 2021
Thank you so much, Stephen! It was fantastic diving with you, as always. We look forward to many more adventures with you in the future!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 17 Nov, 2021
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