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The Philippines is a fascinating lush tropical landscape with a backdrop of breathtaking mountains to an aqua blue sea. The diving is stunning, the weather fantastic and it untouched atmosphere makes it a really unique destination.



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The Philippines is an island nation located in Southeast Asia with Manila as its capital city. The Philippine archipelago comprises 7,107 islands in the western Pacific Ocean. These islands are home to spectacular scenery, pristine beaches, incredible sights and lively cities. Dramatic drop offs, wrecks, caves and a richly varied marine life also guarantee fabulous diving. Combined with the renowned Philippine hospitality and warmth, an unforgettable dive holiday awaits.


You will find a true blend of cultures; the people are generally of Malay descent, but Philippine history has introduced Chinese, Spanish and American elements as well. The Philippines is a predominantly Christian country where eight out of ten Filipinos are practising Catholics. Filipino hospitality is legendary and the Philippines is the fiesta nation of Asia. Fiestas celebrate harvests, births and victories, as well as religious events. The Filipinos like to party and celebrations are found in every ethnic group and may be large regional events or small local happenings.


CLIMATE

The climate of The Philippines can broadly be described as hot and tropical. Most people visit The Philippines during the dry season. However, many regular visitors attest that the best time to visit is during the wet season and that the proliferation and variety of marine life is best June, July and August.


Dry season: December to May

Wet season: June to November


During the dry season, easterly winds prevail and air temperature is in high 20's to mid 30ºC. February to May are generally the hottest. Wet season winds are from the west, with air temperature in mid to high 20s. You can often strike lucky and have weeks of brilliant blue skies and unlimited sunshine. On the other hand, the rains, when they come, are impressive and prolonged. There are few rivers, so run off and its effect on water visibility is not generally a problem.


The Philippines is a large country and has many climatic variations from east to west and south to north.


Best underwater visibility: April to July

Water temperature average: 24 - 30ºC


TIME

8 hours ahead of GMT.


LANGUAGE

Filipino is Officially the national language of The Philippines. This language is based on Tagalog which is the most widely used of the 70 plus dialects used within the country. English is also prevalent throughout the country, especially in tourist destinations. English is also widely used as the medium for education, communication and business. Eight major dialects spoken by majority of the Filipinos: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinense.


CURRENCY

The unit of currency is the Philippine Peso (PHP). 1 Peso = 100 Centavos. The US dollar is the most widely recognised foreign currency. Euros & GBP are also readily exchanged.


The majority of larger towns have ATMs, however, facilities for money withdrawal or changing are far less widespread away from the main centres of population. There are bank machines at the airport. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted in most towns, but you may be required to pay an extra 10-15% surcharge for their use. Outside of the main towns, not all places accept credit cards. Please refer to your individual destination notes for each resort, but as a guideline, please see below:

•Malapascua, Ocean Vida and Hippocampus: Credit cards cannot be accepted, please ensure you carry sufficient cash. USD and GBP are accepted and Ocean Vida has a licensed exchange.

•Dumaguete: Banks and ATMs are available in Dumaguete town. Pura Vida and Atmopshere accept credit cards.

•Palawan, Dimakya Island Club Paradise: Accepts credit cards

•SY Philippine Siren: GBP, Euro & USD Currency. Credit card payment only possible when docking at the following ports: Cebu, Philippines. 3% charge applies.


TIPPING

Tipping is expected for many services. The standard is 10% of the total bill or optional where there is a 10% service charge.



Date

January 2021


Puerto Galera

With the second largest coral reef in the world, 75% of the world’s coral species and a huge variety of dive sites, Mindoro is a dream diving destination. The region’s tropical climate offers year round diving with everything from easy shore dives and deep drifts, to penetrable wrecks.


The main dive area in Mindoro is Puerto Galera. It has something for everyone: offering beginners a protected bay and shallow reef -  whilst more advanced divers are also well catered for at the remote Verde Island, where large pelagic species ride the strong currents in the Verde Island Passage. There are countless dive sites around Puerto Galera and Verde Island, making it ideal for a week’s diving.


Puerto Galera is well known for its excellent dive spots.  The area was designated a Man and Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO and has some of the most diverse coral reef diving in Asia. Puerto Galera is located at the very heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’. The area also features numerous pocket beaches and stunning tropical scenery.


Overview

Atlantis Dive Resort Puerto Galera is built into the hill of Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera with a beach front location. The resort is centrally located just minutes from Puerto Galera’s prime dive sites. Atlantis is described by many as one of the most outstanding dive resorts in the Philippines - it is known as the 'Grand Dame' of Puerto Galera resorts.


Puerto Galera is well known for its numerous diving sites. The area was designated, in 1973, a 'Man and Biosphere Reserve' of UNESCO and has some of the most diverse coral reef diving in Asia, as it is located at the very heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’. The area also features numerous pocket beaches and stunning tropical scenery.


ACCOMMODATION

The rooms are very well appointed featuring ensuite facilities, air conditioning, adjustable ceiling fans and solar heated hot water. Wifi is available in all rooms and each room has a fully stocked mini bar, cable TV with free movie and sports channels as well as a safety deposit box. Coffee and tea making facilities are available in suites. A range of room types is available including Deluxe Rooms, Family Suites, Premier Seaview Suites, Seaview Terrace & Coconut Terrace Rooms and Executive & Honeymoon Suites.


FACILITIES

Toko’s Bar & Restaurant has become synonymous with fine dining. Using fresh local produce cooked to an international standard, the restaurant has moved away from a la carte menus to daily changing lunch and dinner menus, theme nights, plus a Mongolian Wok. Guests can choose from an extensive list of cocktails and shakes or enjoy some of the best coffee in town. Toko’s is quoted by the world renowned “Lonely Planet” travel guide book as “world class cuisine”.


Relax alongside the crystal clear freshwater pool during your surface intervals. Pool side service includes snacks and drinks. Shady trees abound around the pool offering the perfect combination of sun and shade.


The Resort's well known beach front “50 Bar”, is where many guests start their evening relaxation before heading off for dinner. Enjoy a great selection of music, one of the finest single malt collections in the Philippines as well as many other class offerings. Meet new friends and enjoy the company of Atlantis staff while overlooking the Verde Island passage and beautiful sunset.


Guests can also enjoy the Resort's wide range of therapeutic and relaxing Spa services.


Puerto Galera Resort has a spacious 17 square metre, climate controlled Camera Room for comfortable pre-dive housing preparation. The room has 30 individual cubbyholes to store equipment with a work surface and there is also two internet-ready desktop PC’s for guests to view their photos and upload to share on Facebook.


LOCATION

The Resort is accessible from Manila or any part of Luzon by van to Batangas (approximately 2.5 hours from Manila) and then  by boat to Puerto Galera (approximately 1 hour).


Dumaguete is a small city situated on the south eastern tip of Negros, one of The Philippines' larger islands and part of the Visayas group. The island of Negros and Dumaguete town are still relatively undeveloped, but becoming increasingly popular with tourists due in part to ease of access and to the diverse range of activities available in addition to the diving.


Negros island is beautifully lush and tropical and well known for its verdant sugar cane plantations in the north and coconut plantations in the south. Beaches are partly volcanic sand, giving the island a distinctive grey sand colour.


Dumaguete town is a very friendly place, with the atmosphere you can expect from a place with seven universities and colleges. Malatapay market happens on Wednesdays and would be a good way to spend a break from diving.


Close to the city are trekking in tropical forests, waterfalls, hot springs, hill climbing, golf, and dolphin and whale watching in Bais Bay. Still, the main reason why people come here is for the incredible diving, especially to visit the famous Apo Island.


Dauin dives, all day long…


Dauin is a spot famed for its macro life. Seahorses, ghost pipe fishes, frog fishes, different kind of lion and scorpion fishes and nudibranchs are common. The area referred to as Eel Garden is also rather unique and an excellent place for photographers and night dives.


Apo Island

The main attraction in the area is Apo Island (not to be confused with Apo Reef, Palawan) one of the best known Philippines diving destinations. Surrounded by white sand in contrast to its black sand neighbours, Apo is a tiny marine sanctuary. The island itself covers just 72 hectares and is teeming with fish, beautiful corals and is especially known for green turtles. There are ten dive sites around the island and each has something different to offer from exhilarating drift dives at some locations to gentle shallow dives over hard and soft corals at others. At Apo Island there is a huge variety of fish species, crustaceans and nudibranch. The schools of jacks can sometimes number over 2,000 fish. For both micro and macro lovers this is truly blue heaven. Apo Island is about 45 minutes boat ride away.


House Reefs

Both Pura Vida Resort and Atmosphere Resort benefit from fantastic house reefs. Ideal for extra shore day dives after your boat dives, the perfect environment for great night dives and ideal for easy photography and training.


Sea Explorer’s house reef at Pura Vida has been revitalised over the last few years into a protected artificial reef for these water’s smaller species. Sea horses, Hair Frogfish, a wonderpus and ghostpipe fish have all been spotted. The sandy bottom slopes down from one to twenty metres and there is also a 12m long steel boat wreck.


Atmosphere Divers house reef along the Dauin coast offers two entry points; north and south. A shallow sea grass bed descends to the main reef at about 7 metres, continuing to 20 – 30 metres at each respective end with hard and soft corals and a sandy bottom hiding all sorts of well camouflaged macro life. This area will keep any diver entertained for multiple dives and is an especially great night dive.


In 2011, Atmosphere Divers sunk 3 shipping containers. This artificial reef project is already home to a variety of corals, juvenile and macro species and promises to get better and better.


Overview

Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the Atlantis Dive Resort Dumaguete is situated on a long stretch of beach and caters specifically for divers looking to access some of the best diving in the Philippines. From the resort, it’s just a short trip to renowned Apo Island and the local Dauin Marine Sanctuaries.


Accommodation

Atlantis's 40 guest rooms and suites are designed to offer maximum comfort, privacy and relaxation throughout your stay. Regaldive guests are given Deluxe rooms as standard which include a double bed which can be converted to twin beds, private bath and shower, safe, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, TV with cable, minibar and refrigerator. Some deluxe rooms have an adjoining room with two twin beds and the same amenities. These adjoining rooms are typically used by families.


Other room types include Ocean Front rooms that offer a direct ocean view, Garden Suites with double bed and larger balcony, Sea View Suites and Deluxe Garden Suites. All suites offer tea / coffee making facilities, flat screen LCD TVs and DVD players. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and resort facilities.




Included

FB, Tanks, weights, belt, guide and transfer between boat / hotel.


Excluded

additional equipment, nitrox.

Costs and Extras


The Cebu Go diving package is 7 nights - FB

£1485

The Cebu 10 day Go diving package - FB

£1865

The Cebu 2 week Go diving package - FB

£2055

Deposit

TBC

Single supplement

TBC

Insurance

£65

Equipment hire for C-Life Club Members

£65

Non Club Member Rate Supplement

£100

Spending money in TBC Resorts and Dive Centre accept credit cards and money exchang service is available in the Hotels and from ATM machines...


All you need to do now is contact the C-Life office for the booking forms.


NOTE:- Full balance required 2 months before departure. It is the sole responsibility of the passenger to pay in full by this date. If cancelling it is your responsibility to find an alternative passenger to take your place, or loose your money. Additional costs may apply with name change on documentations.