The Philippines is a diving paradise par excellence. To the delight of all scuba divers, the Philippines is one of the earth’s “megadiversity countries,” in that they have a very large share of the global biodiversity. Not only can you dive on coral reefs, but there are also many wrecks, caves, walls, and even whale sharks.

There is good infrastructure for divers, from introductory diving, to diving training, to challenging Tec diving, everything is on offer. Scuba divers who want to turn their hobby into a profession find in the Philippines a variety of diving schools that offer Divemaster courses, internships and instructor courses. Courses are offered by the largest international diving associations, such as PADI, SSI, NAUI, SDI and TDI.

The island world of the Philippines is also ideal for diving safaris. Dive safaris are expedtions where divers usually do not sleep on board, but check in late at night to a beach resort or beach facility near the dive sites. So you sail from island to island and look at the best diving areas. With the nights spent on the beach, the Philippine dive safaris differ from those offered in Egypt, Thailand, Indonesia and the Caribbean (liveaboards).

Also diving equipment is meanwhile available in the big dive centers of the Philippines. Some traders, such as Whitetip Auquaventure (Aqualung, Apeks, Suunto) and Asia Divers (Cressi), have established branches in the larger Philippines dive centers (Puerto Galera, Manila, Boracay, Alona Beach, Cebu, Dumaguete). Mares is now directly represented in Manila and Cebu.


Here is an overview of the daily routine on a typical Dive Safari

Dive 3-4 times a day, depending on the weather conditions and the length of the crossings. At many dive sites you can have a night dive. There are usually 2 dive guides on board, an European instructor and a Filipino divemaster.

General rules
No staged decompression diving
Depth limit of 30 meters or less (training and experience dependent)
Follow buddy and/or team diving protocols 
Use of dive computers is mandatory
Use of Delayed Surface Marker Buoys mandatory

The Daily Routine

The first dive is usually an early morning dive before breakfast. Before the dive tropical fruits, light biscuits and biscuits are served, so you do not have to dive with an empty stomach.

After the dive, breakfast will be served. During this time, the boat will also be relocated to the next dive site or to the next island, which may take a few hours.

At noon and in the afternoon the further dives will be carried out. In the evening, check in at the Beach Resort, where you can have your dinner in a friendly atmosphere.

Night dives are offered on safari days 1 to 5, but availability is determined by weather and conditions.


Requirements for participation in the dive safari
Every diver who wants to participate in a liveaboard must have at least the Open Water certificate and should at least have some experience. Please bring your certificate and your logbook.

A check up by a qualified diving physician prior to the trip is highly recommended. We also recomend insurance to cover your travel, and insurance to cover you in the event of sickness or accident.

Diving equipment
You will be diving in some remote areas, we need to be self sufficient in terms of equipment. If you are using your own gear make sure it is properly serviced, and bring spares for any essential gear. If you will be renting from us, make sure we know your sizes and requirements in advance, it should be issued to you on arrival, prior to departure day. The Philippines is a warm tropical environment, most find a full length 3MM suit very comfortable, the typical temperature is around 28 degrees in water.

For safety reasons, a dive computer and a buoy are mandatory for all divers, if you have not used either of these before, please let us know prior to departure.

Check Dive
Before the safari begins, we conduct a check dive at the house reef of the respective dive center. This dive should definitely be done, especially if you have not dived for several months and are using new or borrowed equipment. It serves the safety of our safari participants and our crew. The check dive is included in the safari price and will not be charged extra. If you did not dive for a longer time, you should arrive a little earlier and book a refresher course to be fit for the safari.

Diving Emergencies

Lost diver
If the diver disappears during a dive, the buddy should signal the scuba dive leader, and then participate in a search underwater for a maximum of one minute, if not found before the time is up head to the surface to regroup. If the diver is not there, head for the boat to escalate the search.

Decompression Illness
If you notice signs of a possible barotrauma, then you should immediately inform the safari guide. Do not silently hope that the symptoms disappear on their own. On all boats we have emergency oxygen, this is administered at the slightest suspicion of Decompression Illness. The nearest Recompression Chamber is located in Cebu City. If symptoms occur, the injured diver will be evacuated immediately. It should be noted, however, that the Philippines is a developing country, a helicopter rescue service is highly unlikely. Normally you can come to the chamber within a few hours in the Visayas, while the other safari participants can continue to dive. On the Cagayan Island Safari, however, this is much more difficult and would mean the termination of the entire safari, dive safely.

Hospitals and medical treatment
There are hospitals in every major city, with the best located in Cebu City (Chong Hua, Cebu Doctors). Diving accident insurance is strongly recommended, the hospitals and deco chambers may withhold treatment until a payment is secured.