Enjoy stress free diving adventures as you island hop between exceptional locations in the Visayas, exploring everything from macro life to pelagics.
This unique exploratory safari of the islands of the Visayas region is operated by one of our preferred dive operators, who run several dive centres in the area.
Dive some of the best sites in the Philippines, with anything and everything from macro life to larger pelagics, coral reefs to immense walls covered in soft and hard corals. Transfers between the resorts and islands are by outrigger boats allowing the opportunity of additional dive sites normally passed en-route.
You can mix and match a number of resorts in five destinations: Alona Beach on Panglao Island, Malapascua, Cabilao, Dauin (for Dumaguete), Moalboal. Below is one possible itinerary.
Day1: Depart the UK for Cebu
Days2-5: Dive Moalboal - walls, caves, reefs and bait balls
Meaning ‘bubbling stream’, Moalboal is a small town on Cebu Island, 89 kilometres south west of Cebu City. The range of diving is excellent, with vertical walls, a cathedral like cave, healthy coral reefs and plenty of macro life. Huge bait balls sometimes gather in the waters off Moalboal and whale sharks are seen on occasion.
Days6-10: Transfer to Dumaguete or Malapascua – the choice is yours
Today you will transfer to your next location for five nights and continue diving. Your dive package here includes two boat dives a day (total of eight).
Dumaguete is famous for its incredible macro life and is a short distance from Apo Island. Malapascua is known as one of the best places in the world to encounter thresher sharks.
Days11-15: Transfer to beautiful Bohol and Panglao Island
Continue your adventure today with a transfer to Panglao Island, just off from Bohol for a further five nights at either Alona Vida Beach Resort or Amorita. Your dive package here includes two boat dives a day (total of eight).
Bohol is known for its excellent beaches and natural beauty, including the famous Chocolate Hills. The island is surrounded by fringing reefs supporting a wealth of marine life. Nearby islands, such as Balicasag, are known for encounters with larger pelagic species.
Day16: Depart Cebu
Transfer to Cebu airport and depart on an overnight flight back to the UK.
Day17: Arrive UK
You should note: Choose your locations, length of stay and number of dives creating your very own island hopping adventure. Discuss your options with the Dive team.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 17 daysfrom £2,145 pp
When to go: Jan-Dec: Daily throughout the year
Included in the price/package:
Flights from the UK
14 nights accommodation
Tanks and weights
This central region of islands is deservedly famous for beautiful beaches, relaxed lifestyle and stunning dive sites. Cebu City is the international gateway and provides links to the most exciting dive spots including Malapascua, Moalboal, Dumaguete and Bohol.
Ideal for viewing: green turtle, pelagic thresher shark, giant frogfish, black-tip reef shark, banded sea krait
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
Known as the ‘City of Gentle People’, you’ll be welcomed in Dumaguete with open arms and first class hospitality. Further down the coast, Dauin has some of the best critters in the Philippines, and both areas also offer plenty of opportunity for snorkellers and non-divers.
Ideal for viewing: giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, spotted eagle ray, green turtle, flamboyant cuttlefish
Meaning ‘bubbling stream’, Moalboal is a small town on the island of Cebu, with around 25 recognised dive sites and more being discovered. The range of diving is excellent, with vertical walls, a cathedral like cave, healthy coral reefs and plenty of macro life.
Ideal for viewing: green turtle, mandarin fish, giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, whale shark
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Reef diving, Underwater photography
Across the channel from Cebu is the beautiful island of Bohol, a tropical haven of natural beauty, with pristine beaches and colourful coral dive sites for both divers and snorkelers to enjoy. Land attractions include the resident tarsiers and the world-famous Chocolate Hills.
Ideal for viewing: green turtle, western clownfish, banded sea krait, giant frogfish, barracuda
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Luxury diving, Reef diving
Suggested accommodation options are shown below.
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Overlooking Moalboal Bay with spectacular views of the mountains of Cebu and the neighbouring island of Negros, this small resort comprises 27 rooms, all set amongst tropical landscaped gardens.
Located directly on a small, tropical white sandy palm-fringed beach on Panglao Island, Alona Vida Resort has just eight rooms and is home to a small, welcoming community and some world-class dive sites.
Located near the fishing village of Moalboal, this small resort is suited to divers and also nature lovers. It has on-site dive centre and there are a variety of excursions on offer to visit the surrounding jungle.
Located on Malapascua Island, this small modern property on Bounty Beach is an ideal place to base yourself for a few days whilst you head out to Monad Shoal in search of thresher sharks.
This spacious beachfront resort is located in Dauin, just south of Dumaguete, on Negros Island. It was built for divers and offers 28 rooms and bungalows, with an on-site dive centre offering daily boat dives to Apo Island.
Located on the tiny island of Cabilao, this small beachfront resort offers a relaxing getaway and some excellent local diving in the marine protected areas of the Philippines' Visayas region.