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frozenwarp
08-09-2008, 22:07
GDay, Im heading to the Phillipines at the end of sept and will have a week free (ill be in manila but willing to go else where) then im off too Panay for 2 months and then i have another week around manila.

I'm looking for any suggested dive sites (ive had a look around and so far Coron and Peurto Galera are at the top of the list) but im looking for other peoples suggestions on sights and also any suggestion for dive shops or body over there to help me out with diving.

cheers in advance,
Bradley

h2odragon1
08-10-2008, 09:43
Start in Puerto Galera. It's a 2 hour bus ride south of Manila to the Batangas Pier then a 1 hour boat ride. Take the boat to Sabang Beach, if you go into Puerto Galera, you'll have to take a jeepney to any dive area. Sabang, and nearby Little LaLaguna beach have many dive shops and places to stay. Puerto Galera, Philippines. Beach Resorts, Hotels and Scuba Diving Travel Guide and Directory. (http://www.puertogalera.net/) Dive Puerto Galera, Dive Philippines, Dive Action Divers (http://www.actiondivers.com/) In 2005 my wife and I dove with Action divers and had them arrange accomodations. Great time!! :smiley20::smiley20: The most varied diving you coul find; rec.; tech.; wreck; deep you could have a 300 fsw dive to the Queen of the orient.; drift; nature, 600+ species of nudibranchs in the Verde Is. Passage.
You could also go to Anilao, also a two hour bus ride south of Manila Municipality of Mabini, Batangas Philippines (http://www.mabini.gov.ph/mab_tourism_01.htm) The diving is supposed to be a little better, but for Intermediate to experienced divers because of a current.
For Panay, there is not much choice yet. Boracay has diving, but can be expensive for accomodations. You can go to Culaisi in Antique Provense for Panay Explorers Panay Explorers (http://www.panayexplorers.com/) . A new area with few resorts but great diving, I have heard.
If you want another area try Bohol, Panglao Is. My wife and I were there this past Feb., and are planning on going back! Welcome to Bohol, Philippines (http://www.bohol.ph/) Welcome to Flower Garden Resort (http://www.flowergarden-resort.com/Mainframe_english.htm) . We dove with Baywatch divers,(sorry no web site for them). baywatchdivers@yahoo.com I dove with Vernon. If you go to Bohol be sure to see the Chocolate Hills, the Tarsiers, and dive Balicasag.
You're in for a GREAT time!!

WARNING:DIVING IN THE PHILIPPINES IS THE MOST ADDICTIVE FORM OF DIVING!

frozenwarp
08-10-2008, 10:58
Thanks heaps, your information has been very helpful especially the tip about staying in sabang instead of right in Panay.
I cant wait to get over there rigt now im just flat out organising gear and how to take enough gear light enough

Thanks again,
Bradley

h2odragon1
08-11-2008, 11:16
Thanks heaps, your information has been very helpful especially the tip about staying in sabang instead of right in Panay.
I cant wait to get over there rigt now im just flat out organising gear and how to take enough gear light enough

Thanks again,
Bradley

Panay is in the Visayas, central region. Sabang, (Pureto Galera) in in the Luzon, northern region. if you were going to Panay, then Puerto Galera is closer to Manila, then a flight to Panay or Bohol as I stated. Bohol and Panay are both in the Visayas but separate Is., and you'll need to take a ferry or a pond skipper flight to the next place. Ocean Jet (http://www.oceanjet.net/)
Look at the web links, the daily rental for equipt. is not that high. My wife and I brought our own masks, and snorkels in 2005 and paid only $5/ dive. Action Divers now offers $4/day.
As far as dive buddies, I belong to online Philippines dive groups. DiveAddicts : DiveAddicts (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DiveAddicts/) pinoydive : Pinoy Dive (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pinoydive/) scubaphilippines : Share Experiences on Diving in the Philippines (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scubaphilippines/)
You might mant to ask for dive buddies if you feel you'll want to dive with locals. They do know dive sites other than the tourist sites. (they may try to get you to eat Balut) [Balut is a duck egg that was well on it's way to being a duck before it was removed from the nest :smiley11:]. San Muigel is the local beer if you are so inclined.
I know you'll have a great time.

frozenwarp
08-12-2008, 04:17
Yea whoops i meant Peurto Galera not Panay when i said the above quote, I am doing some reef monitoring with a conservation group in Panay so that is definate but i am hoping to do a side trip tp Peurto Galera coz i hear its awsome, Thanks for the info on rental gear but coz im gonna be there for a few months im taking all my own gear.

Thanks,
Bradley

Asiadiver
08-12-2008, 13:51
You will love Sabang. All the dive shops are great, I have been diving with Captin Greggs for 10 years, never had a bad dive with them. They also rent rooms and have some of the best food in the area. Everyone there knows Chuck, he's an Aussie so you should get along just fine.

Enjoy.

hooligan
08-12-2008, 20:04
A co-worker of mine has a cousin that runs this resort out there. Portulano Diving Dive Resort in Batangas (http://www.portulano.com/) I'm hopefully going to make a trip out there in the near future.

frozenwarp
08-22-2008, 09:21
Hoolagin still hope to catch up with you in Antique as i will be there at some stage i'll send ya an email when i know when i'm gonna be around

frozenwarp
08-22-2008, 09:24
OK UPDATE;

Although i was keen on Peurto Galera and Coron i think now i'm gonna make it Peurto Galera and Subic,
from advice from above and a couple of email corrispondance i'm prob gonna stay and dive with CaptnGreggs in PG and maybe Johan's in Subic.
Can anyone offer me there experiance and either of these locations and paricularly if u have stay at either resorts

thanks in advance all,
Bradley

gbrdiver
08-24-2008, 22:29
I've used Frontier Divers at PG a couple of times and can recommend their operation. Like all the operators at PG, they can arrange various levels of transport and accomodation options. I like that their operation is a bit more personal rather than just going along with the crowd. Same when I use Boardwalk up at Subic - if I'm doing a tech dive George has all my gases blended ready to go when I arrive. I've always done the wrecks I want to dive as well...not sure Johan's is quite as flexible as Boardwalk.

Capt'n Greggs do have the best beer coolers on PG though!!

frozenwarp
08-25-2008, 09:39
Cheers ill look into boardwalk a little more, i ultimately would prefer a place where i can dive and stay with the same place. from what i've seen i like the sound of Captn'Greggs but i am still very interested in hearing anyones experiences with either place or any other's at the loactions meantioned

Cheers all,
Bradley

maggs_the
08-25-2008, 09:43
very interested in your trip reporting as we are toying with the idea of the Philippines in spring 2009. we have a friend in Singapore who's also mentioned some of these same spots and i love reassurances when traveling that far away :)

frozenwarp
08-25-2008, 10:04
I'll be sure to start an ongoing dive blog during my travels, I just found out tonight i will be there longer then i thought YAY! i will be doing research around Panay and paybe a couple other islands, i definately hope to hit both Subic and Peorto Galera and if time and cash allows maybe Coron.

Come on people surely we have some moren board member who have been to either of these places or can suggest somewhere else in the Philippines i should be heading to instead or aswell

Travelnsj
08-26-2008, 19:34
I'm headed to PG in March....wish I could help....but i'll be very interested in your blogs as I am interested in spending more time in the Philippines in the future.

neugierig
08-29-2008, 16:57
I'll be sure to start an ongoing dive blog during my travels, I just found out tonight i will be there longer then i thought YAY! i will be doing research around Panay and paybe a couple other islands, i definately hope to hit both Subic and Peorto Galera and if time and cash allows maybe Coron.

Come on people surely we have some moren board member who have been to either of these places or can suggest somewhere else in the Philippines i should be heading to instead or aswell

I posted this info on an earlier thread:
sipalay:
EASY DIVING PHILIPPINES TAUCHEN TAUCHSAFARI PHILIPPINEN SIPALAY ZAMBOANGUITA (http://www.easydiving.ph/)
ARTISTIC DIVING Beach Resort and PADI Dive Center, Sipalay City, Philippines (http://www.artisticdiving.com/)
both are swiss owned. youll see mostly european divers here

Davao:
Carabao Dive Center
Door 1F Hermanos Bldg Sta. Ana Wharf
Monteverde St. 8000 Philippines
Carabao Dive Center - Home (http://cdc.e-davao.com/)

In davao, look for dick.


You might also want to try dumaguete, bohol, and cebu. just do a search on those places and u'l see a lot of sites come up.

frozenwarp
08-30-2008, 08:14
Thanks all for your replies but unfortunatley Due to the company i was meant to do an internship completely changing what they are offering me as far as what they will cover of my costs I will no longer be going to the Philippines....well ateast not this year, I will try and head there next year

thanks again all,
Bradley