I selected Dauin, in the Philippines because the diving is so much fun. Right off the coast are world class great muck dive sites featuring Blue Ring Octopus, Frog Fish, Flamboyant Cuttle Fish, and more. About a thirty minute boat ride away is Apo Island, famous for beautiful coral gardens, a bait ball, school of resident Jacks, turtles, and   a bit of current.

The dive sites in the area are mostly gentle slopes, sand patches, rubble & 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 unique macro and wide angle opportunities.
We will do two days of diving at Apo Island, which is a thirty minute boat ride. This island is famous for beautiful coral gardens, turtles, and the possibility of big schools of jacks and barracuda. One of the sites has a large school of bait fish that stick close to the reef.

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 enjoying beautiful coral gardens.


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


The package includes 10 nights, with 25 day dives and 2 night dives. All meals,  round trip transport to airport, and  WiFi.

Not included are $110 in National Park diving Fees.

A 50% deposit is required to make a reservation.   The balance needs to be paid upon arrival at resort

Cost is $2,550 per person based on private room and $2,200 double occupancy

Nitrox available for $5 per tank