Phillipines Land-based, 29 Oct - 7 Nov '16
DATE: 29 October - 7th November 2016
PRICING - DIVER: Rates below subject to change
R24 799, including return international flights & airport taxes, 7 nights standard accommodation,
breakfast, 8 dives & return airport transfers or
R25 999, including return internationsl flights & airport taxes, 7 nights deluxe accommodation,
breakfast, 8 dives & return airport transfers
PRICING - NON DIVER: R20 399, including return international flights & airport taxes, 7 nights standard accommodation,
breakfast & return airport transfers or
R21 599, including return internationsl flights & airport taxes, 7 nights deluxe accommodation,
breakfast & return airport transfers
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PHILLIPINES: More than 7000 tropical islands, clear warm water, vast coral reefs and mind-blowingly beautiful flora and fauna make the Philippines a true scuba diver’s paradise. You can find almost every underwater adventure and experience here. At some dive resorts, shore diving on the house reef is popular, but divers can also hop on a day boat or live-aboard to access the sheer reef walls and atolls offshore.
A rich WWII history makes wreck diving the focus of areas such as Coron, off Palawan and Subic Bay. The underwater ecosystem is an epicenter of marine biodiversity with Dugongs and skittish scythe-tail thresher sharks leading a cast of more than 1200 marine species. And topside, rest assured of a warm welcome as the friendly and relaxed Filipinos embrace visitors.
DAUIN: The island of Negros is the second largest in the Visayas, after Panay. Negros, split into Occidental and Oriental, is mountainous and of volcanic origin, very fertile and also famous as “sugar island”, because more than half of the agricultural land is used for sugar cane plantations. Beside the wild nature on Negros and a “caramel” brown beach in Dauin, every diver has the chance for a varied dive holiday. Dauin offers next to a multifaceted house reef, impressive corals (Apo Island) as well as world class muck diving. Each diver has the chance to find a personal favorite dive spot.
** Return international flights and airport taxes
** 7 nights land-based accommodation standard or deluxe rooms including breakfast, nights include 30 & 31st October and
1, 2, 3, 4 & 5th November
** 8 day dives including weight belt and cylinder
** Return airport / hotel / airport and other scheduled transfers
** All fees & taxes not mentioned under inclusions
** Single supplement fees
** Service fees and gratuities
** Travel, medical and personal insurances
** Meals and beverages not specifically mentioned
** Costs of a personal nature
JOHANNESBURG TO HONG KONG departing 12:30pm and arriving 07:10am
HONG KONG TO PHILLIPINES departing 08:35am and arriving 11:20am
PHILLIPINES TO HONG KONG departing 20:00pm and arriving 22:45pm
HONG KONG TO JOHANNESBURG departing 23:50pm and arriving 06:45am
PURA VIDA BEACH & DIVE RESORT FOR LAND-BASED OPTION
Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort has 27 rooms surrounded by a tropical garden. There are 5 different room categories: suite rooms, family deluxe rooms, deluxe rooms, and standard rooms. The standard rooms are located in the back of the resort with a beautiful garden view. All the other rooms are in the front part nicely arranged around the pool area near the beachfront. The restaurant is located on top of the Sea Explorers dive center directly at the beach. The beach bar, as well as the extended restaurant are just beside the dive center near the pool area.
SUITE ROOMS: The 2 suite rooms are located on the first floor of the two story buildings behind the deluxe rooms. The big balcony equipped with a small minibar – refrigerator and two sun beds offer a nice view over the tropical garden towards the pool. The suite rooms have a living room furnished with a beautiful set made of high quality bamboo. In the bedroom you will find a big matrimonial bed and a flat screen TV as well as a split air-con to cool down the suite to your preferred temperature. The spacious bathroom features a hot & cold water bathtub with whirlpool, shower, and a double basin sink.
DELUXE ROOMS: The 12 deluxe rooms consist of 5 double bungalows and 2 single bungalows located around the pool and 1 double bungalow by the beachfront. The rooms are equipped with split air-con, flat screen TV and minibar-refrigerator. 10 of the 12 rooms are furnished with 2 comfortable single beds which can be set up as a matrimonial bed, the other rooms have one double bed. The bathrooms feature a walk in cabinet and a hot & cold shower. There is a relaxing garden or beach view from each of the deluxe room’s terraces.
STANDARD ROOMS: In the back of the resort you can find the 10 standard bamboo cottages. All the standard rooms are arranged in a U-shape offering a nice view from their balcony over the beautiful garden in the center. The rooms have either double or single beds and feature air-conditioning, TV, a safety deposit vault and an optional mosquito net. All the bathrooms are concrete and feature a hot & cold shower.
FAMILY ROOMS: Giving families the opportunity having an accommodation to enjoy their vacation together the resort offers 3 different family deluxe rooms which all feature a nice terrace, hot & cold shower, air-condition, minibar-refrigerator and TV. Two rooms are located on the ground floor of the suite room buildings directly behind the deluxe rooms. The Dolphin room is one big room furnished with 2 single beds and one matrimonial bed with a partial open partition and one bathroom with shower. The Blue Ring / Moorish Idol room are 2 rooms with a connecting door. Each room has its own bathroom. Moorish Idol has one big bed while Blue Ring is furnished with 2 single beds. The Hammerhead room is located in the back of the resort in a single bungalow. The big room offers a bar desk and two single beds. On request it can be equipped with an additional single bed for a third person.
Pura Vida Dive Centre
The dive center is located inside Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort directly on the beach. It is equipped with O2 equipment, first aid kit, fish book library. Souvenirs and retail diving accessories are also available inside.
Pura Vida Beach Bar
At the Pura Vida Beach Bar you can enjoy a wide range of tropical drinks and order some snacks. Directly beside the pool and at the beach the staff will follow up your order and serve it while you enjoy your time on the sun bed.
Pura Vida Restaurant
In the overlooking restaurant at the beach the resort is serving its breakfast buffet. Pura Vida has also set up tables and chairs as well as a big group table at the beach where you can enjoy your lunch or a romantic dinner under starry sky. The menu offers wide range of meals from local menus through different Asian and European kitchen.
Get your body pampered up after a day of diving in the resorts Vida Spa. Choose one of the 8 different massage treatments as well as a manicure and pedicure. Chill out and enjoy the relaxing ambience during your treatment. The Spa also offers a sauna and a steam bath. You can have your treatments booked on your preferred time. There are also daytime specials, just inquire at the reception.
Matapa Wednesday Market
Every Wednesday just a few kilometers south of Dauin you can visit a very interesting market of Malatapay. Beside a big cattle market you can find local vegetables, fruits, tobacco as well as clothes, tools and other articles of daily use and of course fish in different varieties. The right place as well to try once Philippine specialties like kinilaw or lechon baboy.
A nice half day trip to the worth seeing Casaroro Waterfall. About half an hour by car via Dumaguete to Valencia then, depending of the conditions, another half an hour by car or Habal Habal (motorbike with driver) to the entrance of the nature reserve (small entrance fee). You have to prepare yourself for a small exercise, there are about 300 steps downwards into the valley. After a beautiful walk along the river in tropical, rainforest like area you reach the waterfall with a nice basin which invites to have a refreshing swim.
Balinsasayao and Danao Lake, 850m above sea level, a protected area, a Philippine forest like 500 years ago. The surrounding mountains are between 1240 m and 1480 m high. Around 180 species of trees, around 113 species of birds , 27 different kinds of mammals and around 49 different kind of amphibians and reptiles making this a unique place to explore.
An enchanting place in the mountains of Siaton. Explore the lake during one of the round trips, take a short walk to the waterfall or simply appreciating natural and relaxing scenery, you can also rent a kayak to go across. If you’re up for the thrill there is also exhilarating zipline that goes across the lake. A don’t forget to visit the refreshing swimming pools with fresh water coming from a natural source. A place worth visiting.
Beside the wild nature on Negros and a “caramel” brown beach in Dauin, every diver has the chance for a varied dive holiday. Dauin offers next to a multifaceted house reef, impressive corals (Apo Island) as well as world class muck diving. Each diver has the chance to find a personal favorite dive spot. Some guidelines on diving in Dauin:
** Temperature: Water 26-30°C / Air 25-33°C / Up to 4 dives a day possible / Small groups, up to 4 divers per dive guide /
Up to 5 divers only if one diver is a divemaster or instructor / Maximum depth up to 40m / Nitrox up to 32% (surcharge
applies) / Sanctuary fees applicable
** World class muck diving in dark brown sand / Day trips to Apo Island, Siquijor / Special day trips to Sumilon Island /
Late afternoon dives with mandarin fish & night dives / 2 tank and single tank dives along the coast line
DIVE SITES OF DAUIN
PURA VIDA HOUSEREEF: Located just in front of the resort is the Pura Vida housereef. What used to be an underwater “sahara” has now become small oasis for marine life. This artificial reef consists of several wrecks, interesting concrete blocks, and a steel pyramid were lionfish, sea-horses, stingrays, snappers, and batfish are at home. Sometimes rare species are also found here. This site is also suitable for night diving.
LUCA SANCTUARY: The closest sanctuary to the resort is the Luca sanctuary which is accessible by a short walk. Here we have a great combination between sand and beautiful coral blocks that make this site very interesting. You can see several stingrays, snappers, eels, morays, groupers, different kind of frogfish, as well as colorful shrimps, and anemonefish. It is an excellent dive site to start your underwater adventure with us.
SARAH'S PLACE: One of the oldest Sanctuaries in the area, Sarahs place is made out of old truck tires which over the years transformed into a beautiful reef. Schools of yellow snappers, frogfish, nudibranchs and Seahorses are commonly seen. The maximum depth is around 26m.
BONNET'S CORNER: Named after our very own Crew member, Bonnets corner is a dive site only for the macro enthusiasts. The site consists of sand alone, and no corals. However, in this site, some of the most unique creatures have been spotted, such as mimic octopus, wonderpus, blue-ring, and mototi octopus. Other creatures such as flambouyant cuttlefish, snake eels, and frogfish can also be seen there if your are lucky.
BANKA WRECK: Just around the corner is a special treat waiting for you: Seahorses, ghost pipe fish, sea moths and frogfish are not uncommon in this sandy area. Down the sand slope at 28m to 30m rests an old Philippine made outrigger boat also known as the banka wreck. Although there is not much coral life to see, you will be surprised with the unique marine diversity that is living there. The perfect site for macro lovers, photographers, advanced and nitrox divers.
CAR WRECK: Another great divesite for macro lovers, is the Carwreck. In this sandy area, you can find robust ghostpipefish, unique crabs, seamoths, moray eels, and other interesting creatures. Two Carwrecks are located between 24-28 meters, surrounded by concrete pipes and steel boxes. This makes it a perfect hideout for many creatures. The sandslopes may seem lifeless, but you may be surprised by the creatures that can be found there. Flash-lights and Nitrox are recommended.
DAUIN NORTH AND SOUTH: Only a 5 minute boat ride away is the Dauin Sanctuary. This huge coral reef is home to different kinds of anemone fish, small barra-cudas, turtles, groupers, and many other colorful fish. The shallow area is a beautiful hard coral garden which is also nice for snorkeling. Because there is not much current present in this area, it is an ideal site for Open waterdivers, refresher courses and Orientation dives. Max Depth is 18 meters.
GINAMA POINT: Ginama means man made. This huge artificial reef consists of numerous truck tires which have been there for more than a decade. Completely inhabited with corals and sponges, this site is an excellent hide out for frogfish, unique shrimps and colorful nudibranchs. A sea grass area is also nearby where you can spend some time in looking for other special things. It is also a great dive site for night diving. Maximum depth is 20 meters.
MASAPLOD: One of the oldest sanctuaries in the area is the Masaplod sanctuary. Only 10 minutes away with our boats, this sanctuary boasts of its rich marine biodiversity. Big coral formations in the shallow area as well as in the deep area make it home to schools of small jacks, trevallies, sweetlips, and snappers. You can also see stingrays, nudibranch, triggerfish, big turtles, and groupers. Sandy slope is going down to 21m.
APO ISLAND: One of the highlights in the area is the world famous Apo Island. Our day trips going there usually start at 8:30 a.m. with 2 or 3 dives all around Apo island. There are different dive sites ranging from beginner level to experienced levels . The well preserved condition of the marine life in Apo makes it always an unforgettable dive experience. From fascinating soft coral gardens to sea snakes, turtles schools of jacks and barracudas, Apo island has it all. Depth ranges from 5m down to 30m.
MAINIT: It is one of the larger sanctuaries on a Sandy Slope with big coral blocks all around, lots of soft coral formations, and big schools of fish like barracudas, sweetlips, surgeonfish, and snappers. Usually a drift dive all the way through with a underwater hot spring source at the end of the dive at 5 meters. Maximum depth is around 18m.
SAN MIQUEL: A small and very old artificial reef composed of truck tires. The tires are overgrown with soft and hard corals which provide a good hiding place for many creatures. It is an excellent site for a relaxing dive and looking for critters such as frogfish, ghost pipe fish and even harlequin shrimps. Maximum depth is around 20m.
PANABOLON: Part Corals, part artificial reef, Panabolon offers a simple dive with interesting highlights such as leaffish, blennies hiding in wine bottles and other critters. At the end of a late afternoon dive, you will be able to see a couple of mandarin fish displaying their act of love in full color. The sandy slope is going down to 17m.
ROCKPILE: About 10 minutes south of the dive center is the latest addition to our dive sites, Rockpile. This artificial reef consists of small steel pyramids, cars, and steel crates and is home to many critters like Frogfish, ghost pipe fish, seahorses, and even harlequin shrimps have been spotted here. The site is also next to a dry riverbed where large boulders and rocks are gathered together and form perfect shelter for fish, crabs, eels and urchins.
BOB'S PLACE: A sandy slope formation with basically no corals but a lot of secrets. But if you look hard enough, you can find many unique critters like tiny frogfish, ghost pipe fish, seahorses, ambon scorpion fish and even octopuses.
MASAPLOD SUR: South of the masaplod sanctuary is a small area of corals on a sandy slope. It is an excellent site for photographers who want to find new critters. Highlights vary depending on the season from seahorses, to ghost pipe fish, small school of snappers and sometimes even turtles .
APO CHAPEL: The dive site is right in front of the main docking area of the island which is close tothe only chapel on Apo Island. The dive site has a small wall that starts at 5m going down to 25m. Along the wall you can find some nudibranchs, as well as leafish, frogfish and ribbon eels, especially near the small cave at 18m. A beautiful coral garden can be found at the 5m plateau on top of the wall.
APO KATIPANAN: This great dive-site can be done in both directions depending on the mild current. In the shallows you will see the best soft coral gardens of the island between 5 and 10 meters deep. For that reason it is the best snorkelling site of the island. After seeing the turtle area in front of the village you can see here the colourful soft corals. Bottom composition throughout the dive is more or less the same with nice hard corals between 10 and 18 meters deep.
APO ROCK POINT WEST: Rock Point West is located on the southern tip of the island. Similar to other sites the slope starts to go down at 7m, all the way to 30m. The interesting part is between 5m to 18m where you can see beautiful coral formations, along with juvenile sweetlips, sea snakes, turtles, and fire clam shells. Current can occur sometimes, but you can easily go with the current. Make sure to bring inflatable signal buoys.
APO COCONUT POINT: One of the best dive sites in Apo Island. Entry is at the northern side of the island fronting s small group of coconuts near the shore, hence its name. It is usually a drift dive going heading westwards. The coral slope is filled with colorful feather stars, hard and soft corals. A lot of fish such as parrotfish, red tooth triggerfish, snappers and trevallies can be seen at the beginning of the dive. A school of jacks is usually gathering near a sandy slope in the middle of the dive, depending on the strength of the current. This dive site is recommended for advanced and experienced divers only. Make sure to bring inflatable signal buoys.
APO LARGAHAN: Largahan is located on the northwest side of the Island. It is also the exit point for divers coming from Coconut Point. The cliff offers an easy dive with soft and hard corals such as tube anemones, black corals and others. There is also a sandy area near the end of the dive where you can see gas bubbles emerging. Lookout for turtles, seasnakes and also bumphead parrot fish.A real unique experience also suited for beginners.
APO BALUARTE: Named after the iconic “Boluarte Rock” of Apo Island, the dive site is composed of a slope with soft and hard corals where you can dive in either direction. There are also gas bubbles emerging from the sand nearby at 18m. Turtles, sea snakes, trevallies, and passing bump head parrot fish can be seen here. Suited for beginners and experienced divers as well.