Magellan Diving Safari | Dive Philippines

Magellan Diving Safari | Dive Philippines

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Magellan Dive Safari

(Far East - Philippines )

from: £2845 inc. flights*
  • Dive with Threshers
  • Fully guided safari
  • Journey of discovery
  • Non divers welcome
  • Group discounts
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Just like Ferdinand de Magellan, this diving safari will take you to Limasawa, a small island in the region South of Leyte, steeped in history since the Spanish conquest of the 16th century. During your safari you will already have discovered sites such as Malapascua Island, which has a superb white sandy beach and has gained notoriety due to the discreet thresher sharks that patrol the blue waters. Other sites include Calangaman where we find a long beach of fine sand, Baybay, a charming small village both authentic and welcoming or Gato and Quatro Islas, with their underwater treasures. But don't forget the majestic whale sharks, that the Philippinos call "bulinao", which for several months of the year visit the bay of Sogod.

The Magellan safari is designed for experienced divers who wish to combine 'deep blue' dives, in search of large fish life and dives oriented more towards fixed fauna and colours. For those who have already taken a Visayas safari, this itinerary will perfectly complement their experience of the Philippines.The hotels selected for the Magellan safari offer good comfort, although sometimes rustic, yet always in an authentic style. 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 our excursions.

The uniqueness of the Magellan safari is the search for the timid thresher shark at Malapascua and whale sharks at Padre Burgos. Other dives will permit you to discover exuberant reefs with exceptional fauna and colour: 800 varieties of hard and soft coral, more than 2500 species of classified coastal fish: frog fish, glass catfish, dragon fish, leaf fish, hundreds of species of nudibranches and schools of jack fish often in only 5 meters of water, schools of barracuda, batfish and butterfly fish, white tip sharks, 10 species of clown fish and with the consent of Neptune, you might even see some hammerhead sharks or manta rays in the region of Malapascua.

The Philippinos are renowned for their welcome and their kindness. You will be pleasantly surprised by the ease of contact and the smile that is reserved for you. Throughout the history of the Philippino people no one cultural identity has appeared. This is largely due to the numerous languages spoken in the country, which is today estimated at 80, and also the great number of dialects spoken. Also, each region you visit has its own identity and atmosphere. The official languages are Tagalog and English.

The diving at Malapascua and Leyte is offered to experienced divers holding a PADI Advanced Open Water or Level 2 certification, with 30 certified dives. The currents, depth and occasional reduced visibility 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).

To talk through all the details of this safari , please call one of or diving holiday experts or have a look at our day by day diving itinerary.

Diving Information

  • 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


  • Mandatory
    Dive computer, safety sausage
  • Recommended
    5mm wetsuit, torch

Not Included

  • 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.

Required Documents

  • Logbook & Certification card, Diving Insurance and Diving Medical


February 2010

John Bantin from Diver magazine recently visited the Philippines to check out the Magellan Dive Safari, download the pdf and read about how he got on.

February 2010

What an amazing trip! Having never been to the Philippines before we chose the Magellan dive safari as this would enable us to take in several different areas and associated marine life. We were not disappointed as the range of marine life we saw included thresher sharks, whale sharks, pygmy sea horses, mandarin fish, ghost pipe fish and schools of barracuda to name but a few of the highlights. The Philippines is an incredible friendly and welcoming country and we will certainly be visiting again. Mike


The Magellan 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)
Greeting at the airport and transfer to the Montebello Villa Hotel. Dinner by the pool and free evening.

Stage 2 : Malapascua (4 nights)
Departure for Malapascua by boat (4.5 hour trip). You will discover the East coast of Cebu Island, the small villages and countryside. Stay at the Mangrove Oriental Hotel, a family hotel in a quiet bay. During this second stage the morning dives will be devoted to the search for the thresher shark and those in the afternoon will be done on the surrounding reef with coral, fish life, nudibranches and sea horses.

Stage3 : Baybay (1 night)
Crossing from Malapascua to Baybay by boat (4 hour trip with a stop at Calangaman). A stopover in an authentic village, home to a curious and welcoming population, with a visit to a colourful local market.

Stage 4 : Padre Burgos (5 nights)
Crossing from Baybay to Padre Burgos by boat (4 hour trip with a stop on Quatro Islas). The second part of our safari will be devoted to the serach for whale sharks in Sogod Bay, plus the discovery of the fabulous sites of Limasawa Island. This entire stage provides us with both moments of calm, and of surprise.

Stage 5 : Cebu City (1 night) , fly home
Crossing from Padre Burgos to Mactan Island (Cebu) by boat (4 hour trip). On our last night at the Montebello Villa Hotel, we will invite you to an exquisite dinner and the next morning you will have a free day with the option to visit the markets and historical centre of Cebu. Final transfer to the international airport depending on your connecting flights.

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