Diving

Fact Sheet about diving in the Visayas (Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Negros, Siquijor)

The most important facts like dive conditions and climate, a list of dive operators (for places where there are more than 10 dive centers I have listed dive centers not anymore), dive safety (addresses of the hyperbaric chambers), and how to get to the Visayas in the Philippines on one page and ready to print.

On this page: diving facts about Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Negros, Siquijor
Look at my website about dive sites in the Philippines (Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Negros, Siquijor)
Click here to look at underwater photos taken in Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Negros


How to get to the Visayas

Map of the islands in the Visayas: political map of the Visayas / geografic map of the Visayas / map of Cebu / map of Bohol / map of Negros occidental - oriental / map of Siquijor / map of Leyte / map of Boracay / map of Romblon / Google maps

The Philippines on the world map

The Philippines

   
  • Fly to Cebu (direct flights from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and many other points in the Philippines)
  • Since it is very tiring to take a bus to Moalboal, Maya (for Malapascua) or Lilolan arrange with the divecenter to have them pick you up at the airport.

For Cebu:
Transfer to Moalboal: ca. 3 hours
Transfer to Malapascua: ca. 2 1/2 hours to Maya, 1/2 hour by boat
Transfer to Lilolan: ca. 2 1/2 hours via Oslob

To Bohol:
Fly to Bohol from Manila (daily). No international flight

   

small map of Visayas


Cebu

Dive operators in Cebu(Badian, Dalaguete, Sumilon, Malapascua, Mactan, Moalboal, Oslob)

Sorry - but there are so many that I have decided not to list them anymore, it has become too much hassle to update all the information.


Bohol

Dive operators in Bohol (Panglao, Balicasag, Cabilao, Tagbilaran)

Sorry - but there are so many that I have decided not to list them anymore, it has become too much hassle to update all the information

Information (English / German) about Bohol

How to get Bohol

small map of Bohol - kleine Karte von Bohol    
  • Fly to Bohol from Manila (daily)
  • Or - fly to Cebu (with direct flights from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and many other points in the Philippines)
  • Take the fast ferries (Supercat or Delta) to Tagbilaran
  • From the pier in Tagbilaran, it is easy to hire a taxi or you can arrange for pick-up through your resort (recommended for Cabilao).
  • Transfer to Alona: 40min by car
  • Transfer to Balicasag: ca. 1hour by boat
  • Transfer to Cabilao: 45min by car to Sandigan island, 20min by boat

Negros

Dive operators in Negros (Duaguette, Apo island, Antulang, Zamboanguita)

Sorry - but there are so many that I have decided not to list them anymore, it has become too much hassle to update all the information.

Dive operators and places to stay in western Negros

How to get to Negros

small map of Negros - kleine Karte Negros    
  • Fly to Dumaguete City from Manila or directly to Cebu (flights from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and many other points in the Philippines)
  • From Cebu: take the fast ferries (Supercat or Delta) to Dumaguete City (sometimes via Tagbilaran).
  • From the pier in Dumaguete, it is easy to hire a taxi or have the dive resorts organize a pickup for you.
  • To go to Sipalay (western Negros) either take a bus from Dumaguete (4 hours) or fly to Bacolod City and continue by bus / Taxi to Sipalay (approx. 3 hours)

Siquijor

Dive operators in Siquijor

MySiquijor-Website

How to get to Siquijor:

small map of Siquijor - kleine Karte von Siquijor    
  • Fly to Cebu (with direct flights from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and many other points in the Philippines) or via Dumaguete City from Manila.
  • Take the fast ferries (Supercat or Delta) sometimes directly to Larena, Siquijor, or more often via Dumaguete City.
  • From the pier in Larena, it is easy to hire a jeepney or you can arrange for pick-up through your dive resort.

Leyte

Dive operators in southern Leyte


Best time to see the whale sharks is November to the end of May.
More information
about Leyte: www.southernleyte.com

How to get to Leyte:

small map of Leyte - kleine Karte von Leyte    
  • Fly to Cebu (with direct flights from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and many other points in the Philippines). Take a taxi to the ferry pier.
  • Ferries - check if they are still running: Supercat to Ormoc / Cokaliong shipping lines and Trans-asia shipping lines to Maasin. There does exist a ferry service from Leyte to Bohol, departing from Hilongos (Leyte) to Ubay on Bohol at 9.00 AM and 1.00 PM. Same times from both sides. 2 hours.
  • Or fly from Manila to Tacloban in northern Leyte, take a aircon bus (L-300) to Maasin (3 1/2 to 4 hours)
  • From Maasin take a local bus to San Roque and Padre Burgos (30 min). For a small fee the aircon bus might bring you directly to the dive operators doorstep.

Boracay (Panay)

Sorry - but there are so many that I have decided not to list them anymore, it has become too much hassle to update all the information.

How to get to Boracay:

small map of Leyte - kleine Karte von Leyte    
Boracay can be reached either by airplane from Manila or Cebu or by ferry from various surrounding islands
  • By air from Manila: Philippine Airlines (PAL), Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific fly daily from Manila to Kalibo, Aklan, take air-conditioned bus to Caticlan and the boat from Caticlan jetty to Boracay.
  • Smaller airlines like Asian Spirit, Air Ads and Pacific Airways fly directly to Caticlan.
  • By air from Cebu: Philippine Airlines flies from Cebu to Kalibo
  • By air from Palawan: Philippine Airlines and Asian Spirit from Puerto Princesa
  • By ferry from Manila to Dumaguit/New Washington
  • By ferry from Bacolod (Cebu) to Iloilo City
  • By ferry from Tablas (Romblon) to Sta. Fe

More dive operators in the Visayas

Romblon: List dive operators / Cabanbanan Dive Resort (Deutsch)

Camiguin and Mindanao: List of dive operators

Samar: Biri Scuba (northern Samar)


Dive conditions and climate in the Visayas

Weather averages in Mactan / Cebu

weather now in Cebu

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Best time to travel
Highest temperatures (C)
29
30
31
32
32
31
31
31
31
31
31
30
Lowest temperatures (C)
23
23
24
25
26
25
25
25
25
25
25
24
Daily hours of sunshine
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Rainy days
22
21
24
12
18
25
25
22
18
22
22
24
Precipitation (mm)
119
80
45
41
91
174
187
128
169
212
125
136
Humidity (%)
82
84
83
73
79
83
81
82
80
84
84
86
Water temperatures (C)
27
27
29
30
30
30
29
29
29
30
29
28

General information about the Philippines

Best time to visit the Philippines is November to June. Nearly no rain in April and May. Raining season is July to October. The water is colder in December to February (26 to 27°) and warmer in March to May (29°).

Yahoo weather now in the Philippines (list) - travelphil (Jens Peters) - lonely planet information about the Philippines - yahoo information about the Philippines - Jakes directory

Description of dive sites in the Philippines: Batangas Anilao 1 and 2, Bohol, Boracay 1 and 2, east Cebu, west Cebu, Palawan, Puerto Galera, Tubbataha


Dive safety

Phone DAN (Divers Alert Network) outside Australia +61-8-8212 9242

DAN (Divers Alert Network) in the Philippines phone 02-815 9911

For more information about dive safety look at the excellent site of Diving Medicine Online or look at the dive safety page.

Hyperbaric chambers (or recompression chamber) in the Philippines:

There are 5 recompression chambers in the Philippines to treat decompression sickness

Manila (Quezon City): AFP Medical Center (V. Luna hospital), V. Luna Road, Quezon City. Contact: Dr. Jojo R. Bernardo
Phone: 920 7183 and 921 1801 (local 8991)
Batangas City: St Patricks Hospital, Batangas City St. Patricks Hospital Wound Care & Diving Medicine Centre
Phone: (6343) 723-8388 / Fax. (6343) 723-8388 Beeper: 150-611-169
Cebu City: Recompression Chamber Camp Lapu-Lapu Lahug / Doctor Memerto Ortega
Phone: (032) 310-709 or (032) 312-325 / (032) 746-652 loc. 2625
Coron (Busuanga, Palawan): Deco chamber at Seadive resort
Phone: 0920 9458714 or 0918 40000448
Subic Bay: Recompression Chamber Subic Bay Freeport Zone Zambales / Doctor Lito Roque
Phone: +(63-47) 252 2743 / 252 7052; 252 7566; 252 2751
Armed Forces of the Philippines Air and Seaborne Search and Rescue Facilities and Equipment
Phone: +(63-2) 833 7546 / 911 79 96 / 911 63 85
Singapore: The Singapore Naval Underwater Medicine Centre. Phone +65-6758 1733 (24-hours Emergency Hotline) / +65-6796 4197 (appointments)
Hyperbaric Medical Services, 1 Orchard Boulevard #08-05, Camden Medical, Centre, Singapore 248649, Phone: +65-6732 8552
Hyperbaric Medicine Centre, 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Tan Tock Seng, Hospital, Basement 1, Singapore 308433, Phone: +65-6355 9021/2
www.hyperbaric-singapore.com / Medical Director: Dr Wong Ted Min


More Information about scuba diving in south-east Asia

Description of dive sites

Asia: Burma / Thailand
Indonesia: Bali (east, north, south) / Nusa Tenggara (Lombok, Komodo, Flores, Alor) / Sulawesi (Bunaken, Manado, Bangka, Tukangbesi islands, Makassar and Selayar, Lembeh strait, Siau and Sangihe islands, Palu, Togian and Banggai islands) / Kalimantan
Malaysia: East coast (Perhentians, Redang) / Overview Borneo / Sabah and Sarawak / Lankayan / Mabul and Sipadan
Philippines: Visayas (Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Siquijor) / Sangat and Palawan (Tubbataha Reef)
Galapagos islands: center Galapagos, north Galapagos, southeast Galapagos, west Galapagos

Fact sheets

Bali - Borneo and Kalimantan - Burma and Thailand - Galapagos - Malaysia(east coast) - Manado, Lembeh and Siau islands - Nusa Tenggara (Lombok, Sumbawa, Komodo, Flores, Alor) - Moluccas (Ambon, Banda, Halmahera) - Palawan (Sangat, Tubbataha) - Sulawesi - Sulawesi central - Visayas (Bohol, Cebu, Negros, Siquijor)

Tauchplätze

Indonesien allgemein - Bali - Bali Nord - Bali Ost - Bali Süd - Bunaken - Bangka - Manado- Lembeh

Informations-Seiten

Bali - Bunaken, Manado, Lembeh, Siau

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