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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.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Cebu

  2. Days 2-5 : Dive Moalboal - walls, caves, reefs and bait balls

    On arrival, transfer by road to Moalboal for a four night stay, staying at either Kasai Village Beach Resort or Turtle Bay Dive Resort. Enjoy two boat dives here each day (total of six).

    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.

  3. Days 6-10 : 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.

    We suggest either Pura Vida Dive Resort in Dumaguete or Ocean Vida Dive Resort in Malapascua.

  4. Days 11-15 : 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.

  5. Day 16: Depart Cebu

    Transfer to Cebu airport and depart on an overnight flight back to the UK.

  6. Day 17: 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.

Key info

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 days from £2,145 pp
  • When to go: Jan-Dec: Daily throughout the year
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 14 nights accommodation
    • Daily breakfast
    • 22 dives
    • Tanks and weights
    • Transfers
Featured locations:

The Visayas

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
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving, Luxury diving, Reef diving, Snorkelling, Underwater photography

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

Dumaguete & Dauin

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
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving, Luxury diving, Muck diving

Moalboal

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

Bohol

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. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Turtle Bay Dive Resort

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.

Alona Vida Beach Resort

Located directly on a small, tropical white sandy palm-fringed beach on Panglao Island, Alona Vida Resort is home to a welcoming community and offers some nearby world-class dive sites such as Balicasag.

Kasai Village Beach Resort

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.

Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort

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.

Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort

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.

Pura Vida Cabilao

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.