Philippine Dive Adventure at Azure Dive Resort. Includes 10 diving days and 32 dives. Price $2,450

July 18-31, 2023

Dauin Philippines

Description

I selected Dauin, for the location for my next trip to the Philippines because the diving is so much fun.   I spent the last few years concentrating on big animals and wide angle reef scenes that I forgot just how fun critter hunting is.  The dive sites in and around Dauin and Apo Island are world class, and will put a smile on the face of even the most seasoned diver. Nudibranchs, octopus, squid, cuttlefish, frog fish, scorpion fish, Harlequin shrimp, and Mantis Shrimps are ever - present on the reef and sand bottom.

The dive sites in the area are mostly gentle slopes,  grassy areas, small coral reefs, and man made structures to attract marine life in terms of topography. There are also two piers in the area that offer some side angle opportunities.
Add an underwater photography workshop for $400.   I will cover macro & wide angle photography, lighting, and composition as well as be available for daily critique.

I picked the Azure Resort because its owned by a diver, and designed for divers.  It is not a fancy five star resort, nor does it pretend to be. It is a very good value and the standard of quality is high. The resort has a lovely pool and is close walk to a store and Thai food restaurant. There are some charming restaurants near by, as well as a great menu modestly priced at the resort.

This is going to a fun trip hunting for seldom seen or unique marine life, and  I encourage everyone to bring a camera of some sort.   I think there is a dive festival happening duing our visit and we are encouraged to enter a photo competition. They have compact, novice, and open categories.

Requirements

There are five requirements for this trip.
  1. You must have six months left on your passport to do this trip.
  2. You must also have DAN or other travel insurance.  I have DAN and I am alive today because it works.
  3. You must have trip insurance.    Get the best you can get. As hard as I try to make things go smooth there are things that happen beyond my control.  Insurance is the best way to protect yourself.
  4. You will need a vaccination card to enter the country

Payments

The package includes 12 days / 11 nights, with 10 diving days @ 3 tanks a day, 2 night dives, 11 nights accommodation, meals, and round trip transport to airport and WiFi.

A 50% deposit is required to make a reservation.   The balance needs to be paid 90 days prior to the date of trip.

Cost is $2,475 based on double occupancy

Option for underwater photography workshop $400.00

Nitrox available for $5 per tank