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Itinerary help needed. Leyte/Bohol or Sibaltan

Discussion in 'Philippine Paradise Divers' started by Uapiti, Feb 23, 2021.

  1. Uapiti

    Uapiti Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Spokane, WA, USA
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    Hi. I'm planning a 2 week trip to the Philippines for December 2021 (Hoping that it will be possible to travel by then). I had to postpone a trip to Sogod Bay and Cabilao in Summer of 2020, so I was initially planning to just to the same trip in December.

    However, I'm a bit concerned about the conditions that time of year, as its considered the rainy season in Southern Leyte. I'm therefore considering Palawan, as I think the conditions may be a bit more favorable. I'm really curious about Dive Sibaltan since they visit sites in Linapacan and Taytay. I spent a week island hopping and snorkeling around Linapacan in 2016, and was really impressed with the beauty and health of the coral, but there didn't seem to be many fish. Also all the reefs we snorkeled on, while beautiful and colorful, tended to be mostly hard coral. I don't know if the lack of fish and soft corals was due to the the fact that we were snorkeling. Perhaps we would have seen more variety if we were diving.

    I'm wondering if anyone can tell me how Sogod Bay/Cabilao compares to Sibaltan/Linapacan/Taytay. Also, if we went the Palawan route, is there anywhere else you would recommend for diving? I've heard that El Nido and Port Barton are pretty mediocre, I'm also not a fan of El Nido town. It's too crowded and built up for my taste. I'm also not interested in Wreck diving, but read it might be possible to do trips to Apo Reef from Coron, which is something I would like to do. I've see that there is a Dive Center on Modessa Island off the coast of Roxas, but I really can't find much information on the diving there. Anyone have experience diving there?

    One last question. Does anyone know how the diving in Anda compares to Cabilao? Looking at pictures it seems like Anda has nicer beaches than Cabilao. If the diving is comperable, I might switch Anda for Cabilao assuming we stick to our South Leyte and Bohol plan.

    Sorry if my post is a little scattered, but I appreciate any advice.
     
  2. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    Sogod Bay should be your FIRST choice since you are NOT interested in wrecks.
    El Nido town was interesting when I last visited over 20yrs ago and the roads were not even paved then.
    Fish is at its premium in the country everywhere. How do the fishermen survive over next 10 yrs is anyone guess.

    Stick with your original plan.
     
  3. BLACKCRUSADER

    BLACKCRUSADER Manta Ray

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    My friends and I had planned similar fly to Mactan airport and go to Leyte, then do the final week in Panglao in Bohol.

    Leyte and Bohol both offer good diving and if you like taking photos or video offer a lot. I think we will be lucky if things open up as even in the Philippines they are just opening inter island again.
     
  4. Uapiti

    Uapiti Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Spokane, WA, USA
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    Thanks for the advice Centrals! Sogod Bay has been somewhere I've really wanted to dive for a while, so I will stick to the original plan. I got a little spooked about the weather, but I've travelled in the Philippines and elsewhere in SE Asia during the wet season, and the rain has never been what sticks out in my memories.

    BlackCrusader, I'm going to keep my hopes up that we'll be able to travel in 10 months, because I just need something to look forward too. But if doesn't work out, I will just postpone again until the summer 2021 and have better visibility and weather as a consolation :)

    Do either of y'all have a strong preference for any of the Leyte dive resorts? Looks like Peter's, Sogod Bay Scuba Resort, and Southern Leyte Divers are all similarly priced for rooms and diving. I like the looks of the grounds and beach at Southern Leyte Divers, but I'd prioritize better management over aesthetics if one of the other resorts is a better operation.
     
  5. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    Best time to travel in the country is Apr to mid May. A bit late for the NE Monsoon or early for typhoon.

    Amihan Habagat Monsoon

    Always use Peter's.
     
  6. Uapiti

    Uapiti Garibaldi

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    That's what I've heard, but my husband is a teacher, so our window to travel overseas is unfortunately limited to Jun-Aug and the Christmas/New Year break.
     
  7. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    I would not recommend travelling in the country over Christmas/New Year! The whole country is on the move particularly for the local and those returning from aboard. Everything is more difficult to arrange and expensive as well. Book well ahead especially flight after 15th Dec.
    Jun/Aug is fine as long as there is no low depression. I am talking about typhoon however the peak season is a bit later on. But anything is possible.

    Philippines typhoon brings Christmas Day misery
     
  8. Sbiriguda

    Sbiriguda Manta Ray

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    sorry wrong post
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