Philippines, Thanksgiving 2019
November 23-30, 2019
Dumaguete, The Philippines
Dumaguete is dubbed as “The City of Gentle People” with its laidback atmosphere, walkable land area, and beautiful oceanfront. Without traffic and a low crime rate, the city is really the place to feel truly relaxed whether you are a local or visitor. Dumaguete is located on the island of Negros, adjacent to Cebu Island, and is a quick 1-hour flight from Manila. Most resorts and dive sites lie a few miles south of the city along the coast in an area called Dauin, and many have great house reefs.
It offers the perfect mix of everything a dive traveler would want - great resorts, a nice size town, lots of critters and good wide-angle photography. Add in the friendly people of the Philippines and you have a winning destination.
The dive sites of Dauin have a number of great macro subjects, including Harlequin Ghost pipefish, mandarin fish, juvenile batfish, seahorses, mantis shrimp, blue ribbon eels, dragonets, hairy squat lobster, snake eels, wonderpus octopus, bobtail squid, frogfish, large numbers of nudibranchs, blue-ring octopus, harlequin shrimp and flamboyant cuttlefish. Nearby Apo Island has turtles, sea snakes, schools of jacks, groupers, clownfish, and lots of reef fish.
Atlantis Dumaguete Resort
Just a thirty minute drive from the local airport, on a long peaceful stretch of beach, lies the lush and luxurious Atlantis Dive Resort – Dumaguete. Surrounded by an amazing tropical garden with some of the rarest plants to be found in the Philippines, it is just a short trip to some of the most renowned dive sites in Asia – Apo Island, Siquijor, and of course the local Dauin Marine Sanctuaries. Atlantis’ forty guest rooms and suites are elegantly designed to give you maximum comfort, privacy and relaxation throughout your stay. The Atlantis Resort is a first class resort with beautiful spa facilities, sandy beaches, and world class diving only 3 to 6 minutes off of the resort. Awesome food, a first class photo room, and beautiful pool area make this a great place to stay.
Trip Cost – Double Occupancy
$2895 Diver 7 Nights Deluxe Room
$3055 Diver 7 Nights Ocean Front Room
$3100 Diver 7 Nights Suite
$425 Single Supplement
Deposit of $500 per person required. Balance due October 1, 2019
Discount of $125 with deposit prior to February 28, 2019
Diver Room Double Occupancy
Diver's Destination dive guide
7 Nights Accommodations
Unlimited Scheduled Boat Diving – up to 5 dives daily including night dives
1 Trip to Bohol with WHALE SHARKS
2 Trips to Apo Island or similar excursion
Coffee, Tea, Water
Air Tanks & Weights
Hotel Taxes & Airport/Hotel Transfers
Airfare to Dumaguete from Manila and the return to Manila from Dumaguete
Individuals book own airfare to and from Manila – price appox $650-1200 – recommended arrival in Manila on Friday, November 22, 2019
Marine Park Fees (approx. $138)
Nitrox ($174 if pre-paid)
Soft drinks and bar beverages
Baggage Handling Gratuities
Resort & Dive Staff Gratuities
Personal Dive Equipment
A valid passport with at least 6 months left before expiration is required for all travelers.
A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot. Space is limited. Prices are based on double adult rate occupancy and are subject to change. Changes to package and cancellation penalties do exist. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
Dates and Payment Schedule
Immediate Deposit & balance is due by October 1, 2019. Register here