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Diving in the Philippines
Posted October 18th, 2012 - 12:19 pm by from Jerusalem, Israel (Permalink)
Hi there,
if someone ever dived there and wants to recommend me for a good area, and a good dive center, it will be great!!
thanks, Rafa.

Posted October 18th, 2012 - 12:38 pm by from Mactan, Philippines (Permalink)
Hi Rafa,
You're always welcome to dive or take courses with me. I am a Scuba instructor and I live in Philippines. Exactly in Cebu where are famous dive sites.

Scuba Haven/ Petri Kolmonen
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu City 6015, Cebu, Philippines
Tel. +63 -917-515-6447
Email. petri.kolmonen@gmail.com
Skype. gonzo03
Web. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scuba-Haven/173916119385180
Blog. http://hotchiliasia.blogspot.com

Posted October 21st, 2012 - 9:05 am by from Graz, Austria (Permalink)
I've been to to North Pandan Island, http://www.pandan.com. Around the island diving is OK, but why you should go there is mostly to head for the amazing Apo Reef, which is just about 2,5 hours boatride from Pandan! Dive center is small, but offers good equipment and lovely divemasters and instructors. Not overrun at all, a quiet place.

Posted October 22nd, 2012 - 8:24 pm by from Kyiv, Ukraine (Permalink)

would love to recommend diving in Panglao island which is near to Bohol and Cebu. Especially place called Alona Beach, it got a lot of dive shops opened by international owners, so you can get service in whatever language you want )))


Posted October 23rd, 2012 - 12:26 am by from Mactan, Philippines (Permalink)

Nice dive sites you can find on Mactan (Cebu) where is international airport and resorts. Bohol is a nice place to visit from Mactan and only 1,5h boat ride. In overall if you come to Cebu you can find nice dive spots everywhere like Malapascua, Moal Boal, Apo island etc.


Scuba Haven/ Petri Kolmonen
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu City 6015, Cebu, Philippines
Tel. +63 -917-515-6447
Email. petri.kolmonen@gmail.com
Skype. gonzo03
Web. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scuba-Haven/173916119385180
Blog. http://hotchiliasia.blogspot.com

Posted October 24th, 2012 - 7:39 pm from Chicago, United States
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Posted October 25th, 2012 - 12:10 am by from Mactan, Philippines (Permalink)
My friend instructors worked on Tubbataha liveboard and season lasts from June-August. Outside that time there is too chubby water and ships don't go there anymore.

I was diving with my rescue diver student in Malapascua. Usually we dive here close to Mactan because here are very good dive sites.

More info about diving here.



Posted October 25th, 2012 - 12:49 am by from Toronto, Canada (Permalink)
Nearest site from metro Manila is Anilao, batangas. From Anilao you can also take a ferry to Mindoro.

Posted October 25th, 2012 - 1:30 am by from Mactan, Philippines (Permalink)
I have my friend who has dived few times in Anilao and he says that diving here in Cebu is much better. Also based on photos what i have seen its not as good as here.

Posted October 25th, 2012 - 2:13 am by from Toronto, Canada (Permalink)
It's just the nearest site from Manila but Cebu....omg...I love. God I miss home.

Posted October 25th, 2012 - 4:12 am by from Mactan, Philippines (Permalink)
Isabel are you cebuana? I have lived here already 1,5 years and i love diving here. :)

Posted October 25th, 2012 - 11:59 am by from Toronto, Canada (Permalink)
Nope but I've been flying over here since 2oo7 for diving about 2-3 times annually. I looooloooove cebu diving!!! In terms of marine diversity it has so much to offer not to mention he fantastic vis! Been diving around the Phils but Cebu remains dear to my heart.

Posted October 25th, 2012 - 12:06 pm by from Mactan, Philippines (Permalink)
Yes. You're right that marine diversity is incredible here. I have traveled and dived in many places in Asia but Cebu is best! That's why i decided to settle down here. You're always welcome to dive with me.

Posted October 26th, 2012 - 3:43 pm by from Toronto, Canada (Permalink)
You chose well, Petri. :)

Posted October 26th, 2012 - 11:22 pm by from Mactan, Philippines (Permalink)
Thank you Isabel. Yes, it's MORE FUN in PHILIPPINES! :)

Posted October 31st, 2012 - 4:42 am by from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Permalink)
i just went back from phillipines. My last dive trip is Puerto Galera and also good.
u can see my galery at my website

Posted November 1st, 2012 - 12:26 pm by from Singapore, Singapore (Permalink)
hi rafa,
depends on what you want to see and what interests you
if its the macro like the thresher sharks, i recommend moal boal in cebu
shipwrecks in coron palawan
lots of corals in tubataha palawan
whalesharks in donsol
in general, there are a lot of diving sites in the philippines and you cant see everything in just one place.

Have a great time exploring the island


Posted November 9th, 2012 - 12:15 pm by from Cebu, Philippines (Permalink)
Hey Rafa,
I've done diving at MacTan with Kontiki,
in Bohol( Panglao) and am going to Moalboal
in 10 days....I'll let you know how that goes...

I've had very good luck and great info about Philippine
dive sites, resorts and centers by poking around

Hope this helps


Posted November 19th, 2012 - 11:20 am by from Malay, Philippines (Permalink)
Hello Rafa :D,
Did you already come in the Philippines?
If you are interested in wreck diving,a good place not so far from Manila is Subic Bay.
You can find more info in my website
I hope that you enjoy my country!!!
All the Best :D

Happy Bubbles to everyone :D
Cute DOhna :D

Posted November 24th, 2012 - 6:49 am by from Cebu, Philippines (Permalink)
I did 8 dives this week in Moalboal...truly fantastic and I found what I think is the best dive operator there, Outer Reef Adventures...look them up on Facebook, contact them!!

I had a VIP experience, awesome dive master, excellent equipment and some very good dive sites!! You cannot go wrong with Outer Reef Adventure !!


Posted December 10th, 2012 - 6:01 pm by from Nasugbu, Philippines (Permalink)
Please check out my website www.freescubacourse.com


Posted December 11th, 2012 - 3:48 am by from Cebu, Philippines (Permalink)
This is a misnomer...free = p8000 per person...is that FREE?

Posted December 11th, 2012 - 4:12 am by from Mactan, Philippines (Permalink)
I cannot avoid to comment as a dive instructor.
Good/ Excellent Dive Instructor is worth of every penny. Don't save your money in this issue and use only a dive instructor who has a good reputation and excellent student records. You don't want to compromise quality of teaching and your safety in this hobby!

Posted December 11th, 2012 - 5:21 am by from Cebu, Philippines (Permalink)
Very Well Said!! Same goes if you aren't taking classes or instruction, your dive guide or DM is essential to your safety and enjoyment of the dive experience...

Posted December 11th, 2012 - 11:31 am by from Mactan, Philippines (Permalink)
Thumbs up! :)

Posted December 11th, 2012 - 11:54 am by from Mactan, Philippines (Permalink)

This guy managed to raise my curiosity.
First thought is that this "Free course" is made for a people who don't know anything about diving.

What means "Scuba Diving course"? OWD? PADI? SSI?
Your course length is 2 days with theory, confined and open water dives?

Maybe I am slow because I tell to my students that course length is 3-4 days but there is no limited days because every individuals has their own speed to learn things.

Also maybe my course is expensive because my OWD price is 17,000 php but certainly everything included. I haven't heard that any dive shops gives a course price only for teaching!!! Can you send me a link to such a dive shop???

You're saying that "no hidden costs". What is your pricing then?

Sorry to say but this is bullshit and shame to people who are taking seriously diving.

"No HIdden costs"

"The current rate for a scuba diving course alone charged by most instructors and dive shops both here and abroad is between $300 to $400 [or up to P18,000/person]. That amount does NOT include the incidentals and necessities to successfully complete the course. You need to provide for your own scuba diving equipment, tanks, boat rental, meals and pay the Open Water Diver Certification which can cost another 300 to 400 dollars or more."

Posted December 11th, 2012 - 12:31 pm by from Mactan, Philippines (Permalink)
Mark, I have worked at Kontiki. Manager and owner are my friends. Good choice.

Posted December 14th, 2012 - 7:13 am by from Cebu, Philippines (Permalink)
Thanks...I dove with them off Mactan and wasn't too pleased with them. A thing in the past, but makes me reluctant for a repeat preformance...

None the less, thanks for your information


Posted December 14th, 2012 - 8:04 am by from Mactan, Philippines (Permalink)
To be precise I worked at Kontiki with some students as an freelancer when I didn't have my own students.


Posted December 12th, 2012 - 6:34 am by from Nha Trang, Vietnam (Permalink)
Aloha Mark

YES that Is What You are Paying For QUALITY SERVICE SAFE FUN DIVES....

These CHEAP Guys are Every Where they Have NO PRIDE IN THE SERVICE THEY PROVIDE... CHEAP is Only way they get People to Go with Them...

FREE What IS FREE ????? He is Still Charging Only Stupid Cheap Price to UNDERCUTE REAL QUALITY DIVE INSTRUCTORS..


I Am #1 Rated Dive Instructor in VIETNAM by Tripadvisor Friends..

Aloha MARK SCOTT http://www.DivingVietNam.com

Posted December 14th, 2012 - 7:18 am by from Cebu, Philippines (Permalink)
I just did another 4 dives in Moalboal...fantastic and with a super albeit small dive company...send me a private message if you want the guys particulars...


Posted December 14th, 2012 - 7:24 am by from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Permalink)
how about diving in Palawan? any suggestions? i am going next year. Thanks