The Philippines: Tubbataha & Dumaguete

Intermediate
Atlantis Dumaguete Resort & Atlantis Azores Liveaboard
April 29 - May 15, 2022 

The Philippines remain one of the best dive destinations in the world and Ocean First has combined two of the most sought-after areas of the country for a truly spectacular adventure.

Trip Leader: Amy Christopher

The Philippines remain one of the best dive destinations in the world and Ocean First has combined two of the most sought-after areas of the country for a truly spectacular adventure. Our trip will entice seasoned divers who seek out impressive big animals as well as elusive macro creatures that defy the imagination.

Tubbataha is located in the Sulu Sea where the corals are in pristine condition, attracting enormous schools of fish, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, mantas, and possibly even a tiger shark or two. Rarely visited, Tubbataha is a diver’s dream with few if any other boats in the area.

Dumaguete is home to some of the world’s strangest macro creatures: blue ring octopus, mimic octopus, about 10 species of frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, colorful shrimps and crabs, and so much more! The unending photography subjects on this combined itinerary make it a photographer and videographer’s dream come true.

By offering one week of land-based diving followed by a week on a luxurious liveaboard, your diving needs will be satisfied! Join us today for this unique opportunity!

Trip Inclusions:

  • 7 nights deluxe room accommodations Atllantis
  • Unlimited scheduled boat dives (up to 5 dives/day plus night dives)
  • All meals at Toko’s restaurant
  • One day trip to Apo Island
  • Roundtrip transfers from Manila to Dumaguete
  • 7 nights aboard Atlantis Azores
  • 4-5 dives/day
  • All meals on board
  • Soft drinks, beer & wine with dinner
  • 2 nights Manila (April 29 & May 14)
  • Roundtrip transfers Manila to Puerto
  • Princesa
  • Nitrox throughout the trip
  • Ocean First trip leader

Not included:

  • Flights from Denver - Manila
  • Dumaguete marine park fees (PHP210/day dive, PHP315/night)
  • Tubbataha Marine park fees ($150/person)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Meals not specified above
  • Crew gratuities
  • Baggage fees
  • Any unforeseen cost at the time of booking
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended) 

Trip Cost:

  • $8,775 based on double occupancy, deluxe cabin
  • $9,495 based on double occupancy, owner cabin (2 spaces)

Payment Schedule:

  • Nonrefundable deposit required to reserve: $1,500
  • $2,000 due July 15, 2021
  • $2,000 due October 15, 2021
  • Final payment due February 15, 2022
  • Passport must be valid for 6 months after departure date

Cancellation Policy:

  • Changes made to the reservation may result in additional fees.
  • Cancellation 180 days or more: refund given based on reselling the space.
  • 179 - 120 days: original deposit is forfeited as well as any vendor fees.
  • 119 days or less or a no-show: no refunds given.

We strongly recommend securing trip cancellation insurance to protect your investment in the unlikely event you need to cancel your trip. Our preferred provider is DAN Trip Insurance.

Standard Recommended Accessories:

  • GoBe S500 LED light
  • Safety sausage w/ whistle (SMB)
  • Squeeze Lock knife
  • Reefsaver

Trip Specific Recommendations: 

  • Hood and/or hooded vest
  • Primary dive light
  • Fish ID certification
  • Shark ecology certification
  • Night & Limited Visibility certification
  • Perfect Buoyancy certification
  • Nitrox certification

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