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Highlights of this dedicated dive safari include pelagic encounters and exploratory diving at sites that have been kept a secret for generations. The unique six and ten night dive safaris operate from Mar to May.

The Philippines archipelago offers so much to the diving enthusiast, yet only 30% has been discovered and people regularly visit world-class dive sites including wrecks, critters and pelagic action throughout the region. Imagine if you had the chance to explore and discover new sites during your holiday? Together with our local partners, we're offering you that chance!

Your dive safari includes a whale shark encounter, the chance to see manta rays and thresher sharks and a unique opportunity to dive some secret dive spots on some remote tropical islands with rays, sharks a wreck and plenty of critters - we can't tell you too much else, it's a secret!

With a maximum of eight divers on board, these dive safaris are a great option for everyone, but book early to avoid disappointment!

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Manila and overnight

    You'll be met on arrival and transferred to your chosen accommodation for an overnight stay. Rest up before your adventure!
  3. Days 3-5 : Whale shark and manta ray encounters

    Begin your six or ten night dive adventure.

    Early start this morning as you take a domestic flight to Legaspi where you'll meet the other members of the group. From here transfer to Donsol for an amazing whale shark encounter (snorkelling) and later in the afternoon, head out to Ticao Island Resort for three nights on a full board basis. Your stay at Ticao includes two days diving (6 dives) at the Manta Bowl and local sites. Plenty of encounters to be had!

  4. Days 6-8 : Philippine Secrets and Malapascua

    Discover pristine dive sites as you head on your dive safari from Ticao to Malapascua. Your transfer includes three dives at different sites along the way (weather dependant) which could include a reef shark nursery at Tarnate, beautiful reefs and marine life at the Maripipi and Kirikiti Islands and the Dona Marilyn wreck amongst others.

    On arrival in Malapascua (early evening) transfer to Tepanee Resort, your next home for three nights. Your stay in Malapascua includes two days diving (6 dives) on a variety of local sites. Critters, sharks and plenty of marine life!

  5. Day 9: Depart Cebu

    Today you will transferred back to Cebu airport to board your flight back to the UK.

    Due to flight schedules, it may be essential to add an extra night in Cebu prior to departing back to the UK. Your travel consultant will advise accordingly.

  6. Day 10: Arrive UK

You should note: The dive safaris are 6 or 10 nights long and operate from Donsol to Malapascua (Itinerary 1) or in reverse (Itinerary 2). Departure dates indicated are for the boat schedule.

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 10 days from £2,095 pp
  • Single supplement: From £175
  • Group size: 8
  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Return flights from the UK
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Some meals
    • 1 whale shark interaction
    • 5 days diving (15 dives)
    • Tanks and weights
    • Transfers
Featured locations:

Donsol

Dubbed by many as the ‘Whale Shark Capital of the World’, Donsol offers a rare opportunity to interact with up to 20 whale sharks at any one time. Between the months of October and May, divers head here to swim with these harmless and gentle filter feeders.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving, Whale shark

Ticao Island

A haven of tranquillity, Ticao Island is blessed with crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches. The local reefs are full of colourful creatures, corals and sharks, but the area’s signature site is the Manta Bowl, a cleaning and feeding station of the oceanic manta.

  • Ideal for viewing: reef manta ray, whale shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, pelagic thresher shark, tiger shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Group diving, Manta ray

Malapascua

Surrounded by white sandy beaches, the little island of Malapascua has gained a reputation as one of the best places in the world for thresher shark sightings, encountered each morning at Monad Shoal. Numerous other sharks are also seen, as well as mantas.

  • Ideal for viewing: pelagic thresher shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, banded sea krait, mandarin fish, common cuttlefish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving, Group diving, Shark diving
Featured accommodation:

Tepanee Beach Resort

With its own private beach and prime location on Malapascua, this small, friendly property provides all you need for a tropical island getaway in the Philippines, together with world-class diving at nearby Monad Shoal.

Ticao Island Resort

The friendly Ticao Island Resort offers nine beachfront cabanas on an island with crystal blue waters, white sand beaches, fantastic dive sites and the shade of hundreds of coconut trees.