Philippines Scuba Group Dive Trip
March 1, 2025 – March 11, 2025
It seems like we have talked about a Philippines trip for a long time. Now we put together an amazing trip to not only one of the best places to scuba dive in the Philippines, but two of them.
Where are we going?
The Philippines is a fascinating country and one of the top spots to SCUBA dive in the world. It is a country of thousands of islands with many well-known dive locations. It was proving impossible to pick one spot to spend 10 nights, so we decided to visit two very different locations for five nights each to broaden our experience and see more of the country.
We’ll start our trip with five nights in Puerto Galera staying at the Atlantis Puerto Galera Resort. We’ll explore the famous dive sites in this area (most less than five minutes from the resort), as well as a day trip to the world-renowned Verde Island. We will fly into Manila and be picked up as a group, for a two-hour van transfer to the coast and a 30 minute ferry ride to Puerto Galera.
After the five nights in Puerto Galera, we will reverse the transfer back to Manila for a domestic flight south to Dumaguete. We will be picked up at the airport for a 45 minute van transfer to Atlantis Dumaguete Resort. We will stay five nights at the Atlantis Dumaguete Resort enjoying four days of diving including a day-trip to Apo Island. Both resorts have approximately 40 rooms so guests enjoy a warm,
family atmosphere in both locations.
When are we going?
The trip takes place March 1-11, 2025. It’s the dry season in the Philippines and therefore, a great time to visit this beautiful country. We can expect a calm ocean and unparalleled visibility. Fingers crossed!
We will be diving for four days in each location. We will be divided into groups of six or fewer with an experienced Divemaster assigned to each group. Each Divemaster is prepared to do five dives per day and will take any number of people (one or more) from their group on each dive. The boats and Divemasters are ready to go for whomever wants to join them. This means you could potentially complete 40 dives on
this trip! Atlantis offers concierge service, which means the Dive Shop staff handles your gear and set up, if you chose to let them. They work overtime to ensure you can simply relax and enjoy the dives.
The diving in Puerto Galera is beautiful with colorful coral and plenty of sea life including reef fish, turtles, eels, and more nudibranchs than you could ever hope to see. The diving around Verde Island is world-renowned for a reason. There are few places to experience the beautiful underwater scenery and schools
of fish that we will see there.
The diving in Dumaguete is true “muck” diving. It is an absolute macro paradise. We can almost guarantee you will see things you have never seen before. Some examples include Wunderpus and Mimic Octopus; gold, black and blue stripe ribbon eel; Mandarin fish spawning on a night dive; Flamboyant Cuttlefish; several varieties of Mantis; Giant Black Frogfish; Yellow Leaf Scorpionfish; Electric Clam and many more. And don’t forget the day trip to Apo Island with astounding, colorful coral
configurations and more sealife to experience.
The style and layout of the two locations are very different. Both resorts are all inclusive with an a la crate breakfast menu and three/four gourmet choices for each of three courses at lunch and dinner (including vegetarian and vegan options). Soda (except one at each meal) and alcohol drinks are not included. The bars are full service with plenty of interesting international and local options from beer to wine and liquor. A tab is run for the five night stay and settled at the end with
cash or card.
The Atlantis Puerto Galera is a beautiful property with a Greek Islands (white-washed stucco) theme. It is located right on the Main Street of Puerto Galera (a resort/fishing village) across a brick walkway from the water with a limited beach. The walkway is set up as a “boardwalk” concept and runs the entire length of the village waterfront. The resort is arranged around an internal courtyard with the rooms rising three stories above the pool, spa, restaurant/bar, and dive shop at ground level. One of the two resort bars sets at the entrance and looks out over the water and is a great place to hang out throughout the day as we enjoy up to five boat dives each day.
They offer a standard room set up as a double (for a couple) or twin (still double occupancy but for two singles).
The Atlantis Dumaguete is built as a tropical paradise with each room offering a full glass wall looking out over the plush tropical greenery. The room options are similar to Atlantis Puerto Galera with a double or twin bed arrangement.
The hotel is much more of a beach resort, with rooms arranged along a plush, green walkway (in two story buildings) leading down to the restaurant/bar right on the beach. The approach to diving and overall resort service is similar in both locations so in some ways, when we arrive at Dumaguete, it will feel like we are home again.
DATES AND FLIGHTS
The trip takes place from March 1st to 11th, 2025. All transportation and transfers are included EXCEPT the international flight from Atlanta (or your home airport) to Manila – round trip. We will need to fly out on February 28th (or 27th depending on layovers and route selected). To be included in the group transfer to Puerto Galera, we will need to arrive in Manila by 9 AM on March 1st. We will be picked up as a group
and transferred by van and ferry right to the resort. You will most likely NOT WANT TO BE TRANSFERRED OUTSIDE OF THE GROUP TRANSFER. A single transfer is not included and we have been told it will be expensive.
The return from Dumaguete will be a domestic flight back to Manila during the day of March 11th. As most flights back to the states leave in the evening, the typical plan is for the Atlantis staff to transfer us from the domestic terminal to the international terminal for a layover waiting on our homeward flights on the
evening of the 11th.
Hotels on either end can be suggested (and possibly arranged by the Atlantis reservation staff) but are definitely not required.
There are several different options available for international flights. We will be advertising our flights a little closer to the trip dates once the airlines have opened their flights for this period.
Price per diver in double occupancy is $4199
Price per diver in single occupancy is $4899
Price per non-diver in double occupancy is $3099
10 nights accommodation total
5 nights in Atlantis Puerto Galera
5 nights in Atlantis Dumaguete
All meals at Toko’s restaurant (breakfast drinks Italian and specialty coffees at breakfast are included)
• Coffee, tea and filtered water
Unlimited Internet access
• Hotel taxes
Dive Package: 8 days diving (4 days per location) with up to 5 dives daily – up to incredible 40 dives total
1 day at each of the world famous divesites of Apo and Verde Island
Tanks and weights
Group transfer from Manila to Puerto Galera, Puerto Galera to Manila, domestic flights to and from Dumaguete
What’s not Included?
Nitrox – $219 for the whole trip – payable on site
Marine Park fee – in Dumaguete ONLY (approximately $24 per dive day) – payable on site
Oslob Whale Shark snorkeling tour (at Dumaguete) – $138 – please book with us before the trip
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS, MARINE PARK FEES OR NITROX
To get a better idea of the hotel and the diving, check out the following YouTube videos.
Interested in Joining Us?
Reach out below for more information! One of our certified instructors will be happy to answer your questions.