Philippines Dumaguete Dive Trip
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Diving in Style: Dumaguete,
Philippines Scuba Diving Trip

with Virginia Armstrong and special guest Marty Snyderman

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Atlantis Dumaguete is the Philippines premier dive resort offering sumptuous meals, smiling and attentive customer service as well as world class diving in some of the Philippines most creature rich underwater habitat. The stunning marine biodiversity exhibited here is due to the marine sanctuary established to prohibit fishing. This includes dive sites such as Mainit, Luca, Dauin and Masaplod.  These sites are well preserved and offer a huge variety and quantity of life forms; Blue ringed octopus, Wonderpus, Mimic octopus, Poison ocellate octopus, Ambon scorpionfish, Flambouyant cuttlefish, Bobbit worms and a wide variety of Nudibranchs are frequent sights.

Who should go:  The diving enthusiast and their spouse/partner, amateur underwater photographers or serious underwater photographers. Anyone planning to join us afterwards in Malapasqua the following week.

Where is it?:  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. While better known as Atlantis Dumaguete, the capital, principal seaport and largest city of the province, we are actually a part of the municipality of Dauin (pronounced Da-win), the epicenter of Dumaguete’s dive scene

When: September 8 -15, 2018
  • 7-night accommodation in a deluxe room with air con (double occupancy or twin share)
  • All meals at Toko's Restaurant (breakfast drinks, Italian, and specialty coffees are included)
  • Coffee, tea, and filtered water are available during restaurant's operating hours 6AM-9:30PM
  • Unlimited scheduled boat diving (up to 5 dives a day including night diving; excludes dawn dives and additional day trips)
  • One day trip to Apo Island or similar
  • Tanks and weights
  • Gear storage and valet service

  • International Airfare
  • Medical or Dive insurance
  • Marine Park Fees* 
  • Nitrox
  • Rental Equipment
  • Land Excursions
  • Transfers**
  • Gratuities - cannot be charged to a credit card; therefore one should plan to bring enough cash for gratuities

*Guests are responsible for paying marine park fees on their personal bill; as these fees are set by local municipalities they can change at any time.  The current fee per day is 210 PHP.*

**Round Trip transfer is available between Manila and Dumaguete.  Includes roundtrip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Dumaguete, domestic terminal fees, private air-conditioned van between international terminal and domestic terminal in Manila, round-trip private air-conditioned transfers between Dumaguete Airport and resort, personal airport 'meet and greet', and luggage assistance.**

4-15 people traveling together - $260
3 people traveling together - $270
2 people traveling together - $280
1 person traveling alone - $330

A hotel stay can be arranged for one night in Manila on the 7th if your flight into Manila does not arrive by 11 AM on the 8th.

If you are traveling to Malapascua next please contact Virginia for transfer information.


$2085 per diver including taxes
$1199 per non-diver including taxes

Non-refundable deposit of $595 and balance due July 1st, 2018

If you would like to go to Puerto Galera after Dumaguete, I would be happy to arrange those accommodations.

Please contact Virginia with any questions -

Dumaguete Deposit

I am not a diver, but I want to join my partner on this trip? What can I do?

There are many activities to enjoy while your partner is underwater.  

The Atlantis Spa
Dumaguete City Tour
Twin Lakes
Balanan Lake
Malatapay Market
Bird Watching
Quad Bike Tours
Twin Waterfalls

Photographer's Dream - with Marty Snyderman

World renowned photographer, Marty Snyderman, will be diving alongside the Kona Honu Divers gang as the Photo Ambassador for Atlantis Hotels.  This is a very special treat for up and coming and professional photographers alike.  Marty will make short presentations throughout the week on underwater photography and marine life. He will be available to "talk photography", review images, and make suggestions to help you improve your skills.  Don't let this chance to shoot alongside a true master of his profession pass you by.

The resort has one of the most spacious camera rooms you will find in any resort worldwide.  There are 21 cubby holes to store your equipment.  Air guns are positioned around the room as well as power sockets, both 220 and 110 volts, and paper towels dispensers.  A shelf running the length of the work surface for battery chargers.  The camera area is climate controlled and also has a 42 inch HD flat-screen TV mounted on the wall with both HDMI and USB connections.  You can show off your photos and videos at the end of a great day of diving.
  • Passport valid for at least six months.
  • U.S. and European nationals typically receive a 30-day tourist visa on arrival.  For the latest information on visa requirements click here.
  • Medical and dive accident insurance is required.  We recommend Diver's Alert Network.
  • In addition, we also highly recommend each guest purchases trip cancellation and interruption insurance.  Weather conditions, health problems, and many other unforeseen reasons can change travel plans and/or cause financial losses that should be insured against.
  • Diver Certification card and log book.
Luggage Restrictions

Carry-On Luggage Restriction:  Philippines Office for Transportation Security has issued new rules that include "Scuba Diving Equipment' (including regulators) on the list of blunt instruments that are not to be in carry-on/cabin baggage on flights originating within the Philippines.  Please ensure that all scuba equipment is secured within checked-in baggage on all domestic flights and on all departing international flights.

For Cebu Pacific domestic tickets include 30kg/66lbs
This can be upgraded to:
40kg/ 88lbs total - $40 round trip add on
55kg/121lbs total - $105 round trip add on
60kg/132lbs total - $115 round trip add on
70kg/154lbs total - $130 round trip add on
80kg/176lbs total - $150 round trip add on

Note: Maximum weight per bag cannot exceed 30kg

For PAL Express our domestic tickets include 10kg/22lbs.
This can be upgraded to a total of 25 kg/55lbs (additional 15kg/33lbs) for $42.50* each segment (*upgrade availability is subject to ticket type).

At the airport, excess baggage is charged at Php200 (approx. $5) per kilo (2.2lbs) and must be paid in cash (Php) at check-in.  These rates are subject to change by airline officials and guests are responsible for the current rates at the time of travel.

Note: Domestic carries strictly enforce a maximum of 7kg/15lbs for hand carried luggage

Additional luggage fees (except PAL Express above 25kg) for both airlines may be charged to personal bills.


Excellent buoyancy is an absolute must.  A reef stick is also very helpful.

Dress is very casual and traveling light is recommended - swimsuits, shorts, t-shirts, sandals and possibly a sweat shirt or light jacket for the evenings. Hat, sunglasses and sun screen/protection are of course highly recommended, as the sun is very intense even on partially cloudy or cooler days.

It is recommended to bring a hooded vest or thicker suit as during the week as you will lose body heat despite the warm water.

The local currency is the Philippines Peso (Php).  Personal charges are billed in pesos.  Payments can be made using either cash or credit cards.  All major currencies are accepted (based on the daily exchange rate), but change due will be given in pesos only.  There are no foreign exchange services at the resort.

There are no resort charges for using credit cards for services and/or purchases, though your credit card may charge a foreign transaction fee.  VISA, MASTERCARD or AMERICAN EXPRESS are accepted.

USD cash may be accepted at some local establishments and at the airport for terminal fees.

There is an ATM in Dumaguete City.  However, we suggest you do not rely on ATM machines outside of Manila as the machines are prone to technical failure, may be out of cash or may not support your card.