- Diverse scuba diving
- Group discounts
- Fully guided safari
- Non divers welcome
- Great for Macro
This nomadic itinerary permits you to discover another region protected from mass tourism, where direct contact with the local people and the natural environment helps the diving safari retain all its originality. A bangka (a Philippino outrigger boat) is used as your mode of transport and the base for your diving, 4 stages, a selection of small hotels and excursions, these are the ingredients for the Camiguin diving safari. The Team Abyss guides and Philippino mariners will reveal some of the secrets of Duka Bay, Camiguin and Anda.
The diving in this region is extremely varied: macro fauna is constantly found on beautiful coral plateaus or in the black sand lagoons. Abrupt drop offs or gentle slopes, multiple underwater scenery of volcanic origins. This safari will satisfy avid divers who wish to experience different diving opportunities and discover preserved sites. Punctuated by visits on land, this safari is equally suitable for non diving companions and groups. The uniqueness of the Camiguin safari stems from the mixture of dive types: sloping drop offs, muck dives, drift dives along a 13 km wall, caves and crevasses dug into the reef. All the dives will allow you to discover many species amongst the 800 varieties of hard and soft coral and the 2500 varieties of coastal fish of which certain are very rare: glass catfish, dragon fish, leaf fish, mandarin fish and even pygmy seahorses. The fauna is abundant and we regularly encounter larger fish life such as tuna, barracuda, reef sharks and rays.
The choice of our hotels on this diving safari is based on our perception of a dive trip: charm and conviviality are more important than luxury. Most of the accommodation choices offer all the necessary comforts, however preference is given to the scenery, quality of service and optimal location relating to the dive sites visited on your excursions. The hotels selected for the Camiguin safari offer good comfort, although sometimes rustic, yet always in an authentic style.
The diving at Duka Bay, Anda and Camiguin is suited to experienced divers holding a PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent, with 30 logged dives. The currents and depth of certain dives are factors that may occasionally make these dives more technical than usual. It is however possible for PADI Open Water divers to complete their PADI Advanced Open Water diver certificate during this safari (please consult us prior to safari). Contrary to the North of the country, the Camiguin area does not have a pronounced monsoon period. Therefore, showers are principally at night and of short duration. Water and air temperatures are similar all year round.
- Experience: Advanced
- Min. Logged Dives: 30
- No. Dives Included: 20
- Dive Boat: Bangka
- Tanks: 12ltr
- Nitrox: No
- Season: All year
- Air Temp: 28 - 32 C
- Water Temp: 27 - 28 C
- Visability: 20m +
- Max Group Size: 16
Dive computer, safety sausage
5mm wetsuit, torch
- Lunch on arrival and departure, airport tax from Cebu (approx. USD$10) dive fees for marine sanctuaries (approx. USD$50), excess luggage costs, drink, tips and other personal expenses.
- Logbook & Certification card, Diving Insurance and Diving Medical
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The Camiguin diving safari is spilt into 5 stages , below. Whether you are solo or as a couple, in family or in group, this safari is suitable for both experienced divers or non divers in search of a true change of scene.Stage 1 : Cebu City (1 night)
Greetings at the airport and transfer to the Montebello Villa Hotel, dinner by the pool and free evening.
Stage 2 : Duka Bay (3 nights)
Transfer to the airport followed by a flight to Cagayan de Oro. Navigation by bangka to Duka Bay. Retreat at Duka Bay Resort. 3 days diving with numerous excursions such as rafting and visits to local markets. From Camiguin to Duka Bay, 2 hours by boat.
Stage 3 : Camiguin (4 nights)
Crossing from Duka Bay to Camiguin. Stay at Paras Beach Resort. From day 1 you will begin to explore the numerous sites around the island with a routine of 2 to 3 dives per day. On land, the choice is vast: excursion to the volcano or the numerous waterfalls, cannyonning, bush walking in tropical forests or the discovery of the local markets. One evening there will be a barbeque on the beach. From Duka Bay to Camiguin, 1.30 hour trip by boat.
Stage 4 : Anda (3 nights)
Crossing to Anda with a stop on Mandigi Island. Stay at the Flower Beach Resort with dives at Anda, again with numerous possibilities for visits on Bohol Island. From Camiguin to Anda, 3 hour trip.
Stage 5 : Cebu (1 night) , fly home
Last boat transfer from Anda to Cebu (4 hour trip) and overnight at Montebello Hotel. Diner at the restaurant. On the last day, one way airport transfer and connection with international flights on the same day. If you would like to extend you stay please discuss the options with one of our diving holiday experts.
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