Diving trip Philippines Apo Reef and Coron safari

A fantastic diving safari and live board which is based on Puerto Galera on the island of Mindoro and takes you to outstanding diving. This trip takes you to Apo Reef and Coron in the Sulu Sea. At Apo Reef you will find exciting wall diving, fast-paced current dives and corals in very good condition. Here there is great variety in the dive sites and interspersed with large fish. Sometimes you can see and dive with schools of hammerhead sharks, eagle rays. Also, lots of shoals of fish with snappers, barracuda, bumphead parrotfish, tuna and much more. You also often see manta rays and various species of reef sharks that patrol along the reefs. Apo Reef is sometimes called "little Tubbataha". The reefs are truly amazing and often offer surprises. It is common for large pelagic species to occasionally enter the reefs and show off.

Coron and wreck diving

After Apo Reef, the boat heads for Coron and the island of Busuanga in northern Palawan. The diving here is widely known and renowned for its World War II wrecks. Roughly 20 ships were sunk here on the second of September 1944. Roughly half of the wrecks are today good diving targets and lie between just under ten meters deep and down to roughly 40 meters. Visibility in Coron is rarely fantastic and usually varies between five and thirty meters. All depending on currents, winds, location and the judgment of previous divers….. Busuanga Island also offers a rich marine life and during your days here you will see a lot of interesting and fun marine life.

After the cruise and the last day's diving, you will return to Puerto Galera. There your diving adventure continues or if you choose to fly home. You can also stop in a big city on the way back. This tour is perfect for those who like wrecks and slightly larger animals, lots of fish and exciting diving. The tour is usually only offered in the first months of the year before your liveaboard sails towards Tubbataha Reef. There they will run liveaboards in the coming months and offer the fantastic diving there.

What is included in a liveaboard package?

  • Transfers airport - boat t/r
  • 7 nights in a share in a double cabin with private bathroom
  • All meals and drinks (no alcohol) on board
  • 3-4 dives per day with a guide
  • 12L bottle, weights and weight belt
  • Free nitrox

Example of travel program, cruise Apo reef + Coron

Day 1
You leave Scandinavia and fly to Manila, Philippines.

Day 2
When you land you will be transferred to your hotel where you will sleep the first night. This night is recommended to secure against possible flight and baggage delays (charges apply).

Day 3
After a calm start to the day, you go to your liveaboard and you board the boat. Make yourself at home on board to start enjoying the fantastic diving and top class service!

Day 4 – 9
These are your diving days! The cruises are for a total of 7 nights. How much you will dive depends on the weather, but usually your days will look like this. You wake up to a light breakfast then it's time for your first dive of the day. A full breakfast is then served and then you can take it easy and enjoy the silence. Time to do the second dive of the day. When you come up it's time for lunch, enjoy and then the third dive of the day. When you come up you will enjoy a great dinner and then do a sunset or night dive.

Day 10
You check out of the boat and either go to the airport in Manila to then fly back home to Scandinavia or why not continue your journey in the Philippines. It is easy to get from Manila onward both domestically and internationally. Why not combine with Truk Lagoon and get the ultimate wreck diving trip?

Please note!
Please note that the schedule is only a preliminary plan. Activities may change, or need to be replaced depending on weather or unexpected events.

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