The Visayas

The place for diverse and fun fuelled diving activities.

This central region of the Philippines is famous for its diverse diving adventures on stunning and thriving dive sites along with beautiful beaches and a relaxed lifestyle.

Insider's View

The Visayas is a central area in the archipelago of the Philippines covering islands including Bohol, Cebu, Negros and Panay. Adventurous travellers will revel in exploring these sprawling exotic islands whilst experiencing captivating and diverse diving. It is the perfect place for a twin centre holiday as you can cover 2 or 3 areas quite easily.

Cebu hosts the regions international airport and is the doorway to this thrilling destination. If you are looking to combine a diving holiday with a bit of uphill adventure, the Visayas will offer you the perfect combination with many waterfalls to visit along with beautiful rice fields and the world renown Chocolate Hills of Bohol.

There is plenty of diving to be enjoyed, mesmerizing Moalboal offers the huge sardine shoal just off the shore of Pasagnama Beach. As well as the renowned Pescador Island a mere 10-minute boat ride away offering an array of excellent dives with steep walls, shelving reefs, frogfish encounters, drift dives and turtle sightings.

Apo Island and Dauin Dumaguete offer divers the best of both worlds with a perfect mix of reef and muck diving. Apo Island provide verdant surroundings of hard and soft coral with slopes and walls carpeted in in sponges and bommies. While Dauin is abundant with macro life.

Or divers can enjoy up close and personal encounters with the thresher’s sharks in Malapascua. If you prefer liveaboard diving this region can be accessed year-round.

Insider's View

OUR HOLIDAY PRODUCTS

Beginner, All

Nov -May

11 Nights

Macro & Reefs

From £2395

Atlantis Resorts Diving Retreat

Philippines, The Visayas

The Atlantis Resorts are the perfect base for an amazing diving retreat in the Philippines as you can combine two diving spots into one holiday!

  • Ideal for individuals & groups
  • 2 destinations 1 holiday
  • Diverse marine life
  • Exclusive Ultimate Diving Resorts
  • Dive Puerto Galera
  • Dive Dumaguete

Beginner, All

Nov -May

14 Nights

Macro & Reefs

From £3150

Malapascua & Sangat Island (14 Nights)

Philippines, The Visayas

Why not combine the exhilarating thresher shark diving at the wonderful Exotic Dive Resort in Malapascua with a week at the beautiful Sangat Island Resort exploring the 11 wrecks.

  • Dive with Thresher sharks
  • Ideal for small groups & clubs
  • Beachfront divers resorts
  • 11 WWII wrecks closeby
  • Pelagic Diving
  • Great variety from macro diving

4 Stars

Nov-May

17 Hours + Overnight

Beginner, all

From £1895

Atlantis Dumaguete

Philippines, The Visayas

The luxurious Atlantis Dumaguete is located on a long peaceful stretch of beach with out of this world diving close by including Apo Island, Siquijor and Dauin marine.

  • Beachfront resort on Dauin
  • Day trips to Apo Island and Oslob
  • Rooms with balcony or patio & hammocks
  • Up to 5 dives a day available
  • Spa facilities with sauna and rain shower
  • Dedicated underwater camera facilities

All Levels

Pelagic & Reefs

Oct-May

Philippines

UD Rating – 4 Star

Atlantis Azores

Philippines, The Visayas

The Atlantis Azores is a luxury 33 metre boat allowing you to experience the finest diving in the Philippines by offering 4 route options including Bohol, Malapascua, Cebu and Tubbataha Reef.

  • Maximum 16 guests
  • 4 to 5 dives per day
  • 4 route options
  • Dive from tenders
  • Nitrox available
  • 7, 10 and 12 night itineraries

3 Stars

17 Hours

Beginner, All

From £1295

Nov-May

Exotic Dive & Beach Resort

Philippines, The Visayas

Exotic Dive & Beach Resort is the perfect hotel with a variety of rooms, a magnificent beachfront location, out of this world thresher shark diving experiences and a unique man-made house reef.

  • Beachfront located divers resort
  • 29 rooms with choice of types
  • Choice of BB, HB or FB basis
  • Daily thresher shark diving
  • Dive centre on-site
  • Diving at Gato Island

All levels

Reefs & Wrecks

Nov-May

Philippines

UD Rating – 4 Star

S/Y Philippine Siren

Philippines, The Visayas

The Philippine Siren is takes 10 night trips to the more remote diving locations not easily accessible from resorts. With a choice of seasonal itineraries and a good full board basis you will not be disappointed one bit.

  • Max 16 guests / up to 4 dives per day
  • 10 night trips to the Southern Visayas
  • Full board basis inc soft drinks
  • Free Nitrox for qualified divers
  • Great for land and liveaboard trips
  • Diving at Apo Island

3 Stars

Nov-May

17 hours

Beginner, all

From £1350

Blue Star Dive Resort

Philippines, The Visayas

The Blue Star Dive Resort is the ideal base where you can dive, explore, relax and have the most remarkable experience in the Philippines with year round warm crystal clear waters and natural reefs.

  • Located on Bohol Island
  • Beautiful & unspoilt setting
  • Romantic getaway
  • Fantastic dive place
  • Away from crowded beaches
  • PADI dive centre onsite

3 Stars

Nov-May

17 hours

Beginners, all

From £1350

Magic Island Dive Resort

Philippines, The Visayas

Magic Island Dive Resort is an intimate retreat ideally located on a small coastal area with breath-taking views and a fantastic house reef enriched with an abundance of marine life to enjoy.

  • Located in a small coastal area
  • Fantastic house reef diving
  • Small divers resort with 10 cottages
  • Choice of board types
  • Featured in DIVER Jan 2012
  • Fluoro diving

3 Stars

Nov-May

17 Hours

Beginner, all

From £1550

Magic Oceans Dive Resort

Philippines, The Visayas

Opening in July 2015, the Magic Oceans Dive Resort is located on the east coast of the fantastic green and quiet island of Bohol in the Visayas region boosting one of the most amazing house reefs.

  • Opens in July 2015
  • 16 spacious bungalows
  • Mangrove & muck diving spots
  • Located on Bohol Island
  • Fabulous house reef
  • Away from busy tourist areas

3 Stars

Oct - Mar

17 Hours

Stopover Hotel

From £95 Per Night

Waterfront Airport Hotel And Casino

Philippines, The Visayas

This is a conveniently located Hotel and Casino, only 1 minute from the airport with comfortable rooms and access to superb facilities.

  • Used as a Stopover Hotel
  • Just 1 mile from the airport
  • Variety of rooms
  • Limousine services available
  • Near Cebu shopping district
  • Free airport shuttle service

Marcelina

Friday, 13 January 2012

Philippines Solo Divers Week at the Magic Island Resort

Philippines Solo Divers at the Magic Island Resort.

Philippines Solo Divers Week at the Magic Island Resort

Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary


Tour Type: Wildlife Tours

A non-stock , non-profit, non-governmental organization created for tarsier conservation.

Malapascua Light House


Tour Type: Trekking Tours

A beach walk to the lighthouse and enjoy the stunning beach views.

Kawasan Falls


Tour Type: Nature Tours

Trio of picturesque waterfalls into natural swimming pools & lagoons, accessible via jungle trails.

Chocolate Hills of Bohol


Tour Type: Adventure Tours

The Chocolate Hills of Bohol are spread over an area covering the towns of Sagbayan, Batuan, Carmen, Bilar, Sierra Bullones and Valencia. The famed Chocolate Hills of Bohol are more than 1,268 cone-shaped hills - a strange geological formation. The hills are spread over an area of 50 square kilometers or more and vary in size from 30 to 120 meters in height.

Destination Fact File

The place for diverse and fun fuelled diving activities.

The Visayas area is one of three sets of islands in the Philippines along with Luzon and Mindanao. The diving areas within the Visayas that are mostly visited by divers include the island of Cebu home to Moalboal and the sardine ball and Malapascua to the north of the island where you will have up close and personal encounters with thresher sharks.

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Destination Details

Internal Flights & Luggage When flying between islands with Philippine Airlines you are allowed 10KG hold luggage and 1 piece of hand luggage. Excess luggage will be charged at the airport at PHP200 (VAT inclusive) per kilo - this is around £3 per kilo
Transfer Information Our packages include transfers on arrival and departure day. On arrival you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the resort.
Tranfer to Malapascua From Cebu Airport to Malapascua: 4 hours followed by 30 minutes boat journey
Tranfer to Moalboal From Cebu Airport Moalboal: 3.5 hours
Tranfer to Anda From Tagbilaran Airport (Bohol) to Anda: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Transfer to Resort From Dumaguete Airport to local resorts: 30 minutes
Dive Season The ‘rainy’ season officially starts in June and ends in January and the ‘typhoon’ season starts in July and ends in October there are three distinct seasons in the Visayas. The spring runs between February and May, the summer between June and September and the winter with the rainy season between October and January.

The visibility in the Visayas varies between 15 and 30 metres depending on weather conditions. Diving is possible all year round with December to June offering the best diving conditions as water temperatures reach 30 degrees Celsius.

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