Diverscapers is the diving enthusiasts’ gateway to ultimate diving adventures. Our aim is to be an all-in-one online diving resource to give you access to the best diving destinations, tour packages and new diving technologies. Diverscapers organizes customized and package dive tours whether it is to popular dive destinations or exotic destinations off-the-beaten-track. We offer individual and group tours under professional supervision, internationally as well as locally.
While propagating the love of diving for adventure is our main goal, we are actively motivated by environmental issues, thus part of our revenue goes to rehabilitating reefs. Diverscapers works hand in hand with local communities in making sure that their marine environments are protected for future generations to enjoy.
OUR HOME BASE – THE PHILIPPINES:
Diverscapers.com couldn’t have chosen a better home base than the Philippines, which lies smack in the middle of the Earth’s coral triangle with the richest and most bio-diverse marine ecosystems in the world. The Philippines also ranks very high in terms of endemicity with its coral reefs rife with over 60% micro endemic species. Its tropical waters, enriched by currents coming from the Pacific Ocean, the South China Sea, the Celebes Sea and the Indian Ocean, is the perfect showcase of spectacular aquatic assortment of over 2,000 species of marine fish as well as more than 80% of the known coral species in the world.
Those who have experienced diving in the Philippines return an average of ten times each, asserting the Philippines status as a premier divers’ choice. And it’s really not a surprise considering that the incomparably stunning seascape comes with a lot of other perks.
Name it, The Philippines Has It!
Divers can dive to their hearts’ delights with choices of sceneries as behemoth fishes, mysterious remains of sunken ships including World War II wrecks, underwater caves and resplendent coral reefs exploding with macro critters and a kaleidoscope of colours.
Value for Money!
The Philippines is also famous for offering the most affordable tour packages in the world. Get your certification for a fraction of what you spend elsewhere!
Dive All Year Round!
The sultry climate is suitable for diving all year round, with its water tropical and warm: Dec. – Feb. 21°C to 24°C, March – Nov. 25°C to 30°C.
Be Charmed by the Friendly Filipinos!
Feel right at home wherever you are in the Philippines with the Filipino’s world famous warmth and hospitality. Stay a few days and you wouldn’t want to leave!
Hassle Free Tours!
The Filipinos generally have a good command of the English language. You’ll be assured of a hassle free tour as communicating with your travel planners and tour guides is nice and easy.
Attractions on Dry Land!
Whether underwater or on dry land, the Philippines is every tourist’s dream come true, with an abundance of attractions to provide the ideal breaks in your diving trips:
- Natural geographical wonders and World Heritage Sites
- World class resorts
- Fine hotels
- Holistic spas for your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing
- Restaurants offering international and flavourful Filipino cuisine
- Shopping center galore – shopping in the Philippines is said to be one of the cheapest in the world, so don’t forget to bring an empty suitcase when you visit!
Extra Adventures You Shouldn’t Miss!
Discover the mystery of the Chocolate Hills – a cluster of more than 1200 hills in Bohol, uniform in size and shape, standing 40 to 120 meters high covered in grass but at the end of the dry season, turn a chocolate color. The hills are believed to be exposed coral formations weathered from thousands of years.
Meet the Tarsiers – a very peculiar primate endemic to the Philippines which is no larger than an adult man’s hand. The tarsier is a protected species as its existence is endangered by the destruction of its natural forest habitat. They are available for viewing at The Philippine Tarsier Foundation in Bohol.
Behold the majestic Mayon Volcano – Known throughout the world as having a near perfect cone, this active volcano made it to the list of the Seven Wonders of the World. Standing at more than 2400 meters, climbing Mt. Mayon is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re looking for excitement and adventure, we can include a trek up its summit in your to-do list while visiting the diving sites in Bicol region.
Firefly Watching – Be mesmerized by the dancing lights of the fireflies twinkling along the mangrove lined Donsol River. This fascinating experience is sure to take your breath away.
River Kayaking – There’s no better way to satisfy your body’s need of an adrenaline pump and at the same time, let tranquillity overcome your mind as it wanders in heavenly ambience. Most diving sites in the Philippines offer kayaking as an additional attraction complete with quality kayak equipment available for rent.
Cave Exploration – Be it underwater or on land, the Philippines boasts of its share of the most exotic and majestic caves in the world. Most notable of which is the St Paul Subterranean National Park, in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, with its caves accessible through an underground river. The caves include major formations of stalactite and stalagmites and several massive chambers. Because of the diverse ecosystem found in the area, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
Choice Diving Destinations
This place at the southern tip of Luzon has recently made a reputation for being the mecca of whale sharks congregating in its plankton-rich waters. Whale shark spotting in Sorsogon became a word of mouth passed on to every diver in search of adventures of gigantic proportions. As thousands of visitors arrive each season to swim and witness their friendly behavior, the once sleepy town of Donsol now benefits from higher revenue brought by the presence of these gentle giants locally called “Butanding”.
Nothing matches the feeling of awe inspired by seeing the world’s largest fish species upclose. Swimming with whale sharks was featured as the Best Animal Encounter in Asia by Time Magazine in 2004. The official whale shark season starts from November and runs until end of May, when the sea of Donsol is at its clearest and calmest. To maintain safety and to defend the creatures from over exploitation, guidelines on whale shark watching and interacting have been established and strictly implemented by local tourism officials and professional divers.
Donsol hosts what is arguably the largest known annual congregation of whale sharks in the world. Over the last six years, visitor records reveal that 95 percent of tourists that flock to Donsol in the season that runs from November to May, actually get to interact with whale sharks – an amazing record. The greater majority of tourists report up to six interactions in just a single morning
Malapascua Island is just off the north tip of Cebu, Philippines. With a size of about 2km by 0.5km, you can walk around it in 1-2 hours. It has a population of around 4000, most of whom live off tourism, fishing, boat building or coconuts.
Malapascua Island has something for all divers, so come and dive the best kept secret of the Philippines – indeed of South East Asia. The Philippines is the new Thailand, but with much replica diving and without the crowds. So make your next scuba diving trip to Malapascua Island!
Malapascua diving offers: the only daily watch thresher shark sightings in the world, whitetip sharks, mantas, hammerheads (seasonal), wrecks, mandarin fish, countless nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, cuttlefish, beautiful unspoiled coral gardens and a huge diversity of marine life.
Apart from Donsol, Southern Luzon has another asset to offer to divers coming to the country for one-of-a-kind diving adventures. These are the manta rays that were recently discovered in the shallow reef of Ticao Pass- a body of water within the area of Burias Island, Sorsogon, and Ticao Island which has the thickest concentration of plankton in the Philippines. Its underwater beauty is enhanced by the strong currents of San Bernardino Strait pushing large groups of plankton and other colorful organisms to gather in the area.
Ticao offers more surprises as new places have been discovered within the area such as deep walls and caves beneath the pass. The most appealing site is what they called Manta Bowl- a depression in the shallow part of Ticao Pass where manta rays gather to feed. Divers can spot an average of 15 manta rays on every group where “manta inhabitants” were mostly mixed gigantic specimens with over 12’ wingspans and passing juveniles rushing across. The strong currents coming from the San Bernardino Strait likewise drive a variety of large marine life like Whale Sharks, Hammerheads, Tresher Sharks and other pelagics to Ticao, asserting its status as a place of underwater wealth.
The Manta Bowl can be easily reached at 15m/50ft, which by any standard is practically shallow, giving divers the chance to enjoy interacting with these extraordinary marine creatures for a longer time.
Malapascua Island in Cebu is a haven for divers looking for diversified diving experience. It offers varied types of dive sites to keep you busy as pelagics, corals, wrecks, caves, muck dives, mandarin fish night dives. On top of this, Malapascua is the only place in the world where you can dive with the magnificent thresher sharks every day.
Malapascua is also known for its white sandy beaches, crystal blue water, spellbinding sunsets and restaurants that offer great cuisine.
Only two and a half (2 ½) hours drive from Manila, Anilao is the closest paradise for diving enthusiasts. There are about 35 chartered dive sites located in Anilao which abound in tantalizing sea creatures.
Geographically, it is hard to match Anilao’s natural beauty as its resorts are built mostly along the mountainsides and overlooking the majestic sea. Underwater, Anilao is a world class diving destination ideal for macro-photography as it is endowed with vibrant reefs teeming with diverse marine life. Some of the most intricate marine ecosystems are found in Anilao’s diving sites giving the place a reputation for being the epicenter of marine biodiversity in the world.
Aside from diving, activities in Anilao include water skiing, windsurfing, jet skiing and island hopping.
Siquijor, Negros Oriental
Magical and mystical Siquijor was called the Isla del Fuego or Fire Island by the Spanish conquerors who were so entranced by the island’s beauty when they first landed on its soil. Legends have it that the Siquijor island, made of sedimentary rock, rose from the ocean in an immense storm. The place boasts of an abundance of fireflies and unusual coral formations.
Siquijor’s attraction as a diving site lies on the beauty of its untouched soft and hard corals, myriad reef fishes and a very good chance to spot other marine life such as sea snakes, turtles, colorful parrot fishes, nudibranches and giant clams. Its abundance of small tunnels make it a natural habitat for smaller sea creatures which makes it an ideal diving site for underwater photography.
This central Visayas island is known worldwide for its well preserved natural environment. Bohol is home to some of the best diving sites in the Philippines where photographers may shoot their heart’s fill of breathtaking coral formations, swirling jackfish, loads of coral reef fishes and a great variety of colorful marine life.
Worth special mention is Balicasag island, located off the south of Panglao island in Bohol, with crystal clear waters offering the perfect symphony of corals and aquatic animals. A portion of its tropical waters is declared a protected marine reserve which extends up to 400meters of ocean space. December and January are the best months to visit as Hammerhead Sharks and Whale Sharks can be spotted during this period. Balicasag also offers world class accommodations, organized dive tours and whale and dolphin watching activities.
Tourists will never run out of activities while in Bohol. Visit centuries old churches, marvel at the world renowned Chocolate Hills, see the world’s tiniest primates upclose – the tarsiers, take the romantic Loboc river cruise, frolic in the whitesand beaches of Panglao island, watch the Dolphins show off their acrobatics in their natural habitat and explore some of the 1400 caves that can be found on the island.
Home to some of the most resplendent coral formations in the world, the Tubbataha Reef is also host to over 1000 marine species, many are already considered as endangered. The diverse ecosystem of this sanctuary is said to rival that of the Great Barrier Reef. Owing to this astonishing diversity of marine life, Tubbataha has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This atoll coral reef is located in the Sulu Sea, 181km southeast of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Its remoteness is one of its greatest protector against exploitation. Despite the distance, Tubbataha’s spectacular explosion of life and color keeps seasoned divers coming back for more. Live aboard trips from Puerto Princesa to Tubbataha start from March to June. Regular trips take 6days while the first and last trip of the season called Transition Trips offer one extra day to go to Apo Reef.
Tubbataha is also known for being a bird sanctuary. The southern tip of the South Atoll is a refuge to tens of thousands of seabirds, masked redfoot boobies, terns and frigate birds resting during their annual migration.
Amor Resort (Donsol, Sorsogon)
This resort gained popularity in season 2007 to 2008 because of the construction of air-conditioned rooms. Prior to the construction of the air-conditioned rooms, Amor maintained 9 fan rooms with a very native set up and a rustic native feel. Amor Resort is located approximately 10 minutes (by foot) away from the tourism center and this gives their guests the advantage of peacefulness and privacy. Guests can definitely enjoy the Amor beach front and can spend the days and evenings relaxing on the wooden kiosks and net hammocks found on the resort edge just before entering the beach shore. Three of the air-conditioned rooms in Amor have a twin set up (2 separate beds) and the other three have a double set up (1 big bed). None of the rooms have a hot shower.
Ticao Island Resort (Ticao Island)
Ticao Island Resort, a tropical resort situated on the beach front of one of the beautiful Philippine Islands. Its main attraction are the whalesharks and manta rays that abound off its water.
This resort offers, without a doubt, a dreamlike treat in a tropical setting and unmatched Filipino hospitality.
Bambu Villa Resort (Anilao, Batangas)
Bambu Villa is located in Mabini, Batangas a 2 hour drive south of Metro Manila.
Situated in half a hectare of lush tropical gardens facing the turquoise waters of the Balayan Bay.
The unique spacious open-air setting fused with modern facilities and amenities will offer the most discerning visitor an unforgettable vacation experience.
Whether you desire an adventure-filled day with the family or a tranquil vacation, Bambu Villa provides anyone with the perfect escape.
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