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4 days in the Philippines-where do I dive?

Discussion in 'Philippine Paradise Divers' started by Julie Kaplan, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. Julie Kaplan

    Julie Kaplan Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
    I will have about 4 days to dive in the Philippines....where should I go to make my time there most worthwhile?
  2. clgsamson

    clgsamson Koya Kap

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manila, Philippines
    If your flight lands in Manila, diving in Puerto Galera would be your best option. If via Cebu City (Mactan), Malapascua would be the best dive destination.
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  3. matt_reed

    matt_reed Tech Instructor

    # of Dives:
    Location: The Land of Confusion [Philippines]
    And thread complete!

    Hi Julie, it could be made much more complicated than what Caloy said, but he has made it easy for you. Which is generally best. Both those spots will need a bit of travel, but so does everywhere. From Cebu you could dive in Mactan to save some time but then you'd miss out on Malapascua's famous Thresher sharks!
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  4. diver 85

    diver 85 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: SW Louisiana
    We dove the 1st 5 days @ Dumaguete(Pura Vida Resort) then the group(~25 of us)was boated, transferred, to Cebu(Moalboal--Turtle Bay Resort), a 4- hr ride for 5 days of diving...While @ TBR we did the Oslob whaleshark dive, a 1.5 hour car ride----but WELL worth it....

    EDIT:...both places were great, but cuz of the ws dive, I'd personally give TBR the nod.....
  5. patpating

    patpating Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Manila, Philippines
    Considering that you're only here for 4 days, the 24hr no-fly after diving, and the location of the international airports here in the country....
    Sabang of Puerto Galera, and Malapascua of Cebu are really the best options for diving.
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  6. aumexican

    aumexican Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Hong Kong
    As above PG:crafty:
    5 days Malapasqua:shark:
  7. marku

    marku Barracuda

    # of Dives:
    Location: Bisayas
    Faster and easier to go to Dumaguete from Manila than Puerto Gallera. An hour-long flight is involved though...
  8. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
    Assuming the flight arrive and depart on time.
  9. marku

    marku Barracuda

    # of Dives:
    Location: Bisayas
    Haha! Very true!
  10. Makhno

    Makhno Divemaster

    As said above, Puerto Galera (from Manila) or Malapascua (from Cebu) are your easiest, best options for good diving. Also as said above, with only a few days available, don't waste a day in transit: choose one place and stay there for all your diving.

    PG is easier to get to. Malapascua has more diverse types of dives available. I like them both a lot.

    If I had to choose between PG and Malapascua, I would go with Malapascua for the diversity. PG has great reefs, great macro critters, etc but you prob'ly won't see sharks or other big animals, except for a turtle or two. Malapascua's reefs aren'r as good IMO but the macro critters are just as good, plus thresher sharks and white-tip reef sharks; maybe a big ray or two. Couple of good wrecks, too.

    Might lose a diving day getting to/from Malapascua, though -- you should look into transportation, and that might tip the scales in favor of PG rather than Malapascua. That was a decisive factor for me last time, so I went back to Subic Bay for the wrecks and then PG for the reefs …
    My dive buddy is going to Padre Burgos in Sogod Bay in June and I really wish I could join him … but for a first Phillipines trip, Malapascua and PG are prob'ly your best bets.

    Enjoy! and post some photos here.

    Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk
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