We're now delighted to offer Liveaboard Diving Holidays aboard the 114 foot luxury Atlantis Azores!
The Azores has seven deluxe staterooms - with double and single berths, lavatory and hairdryer, private head and shower, and one suite on the top deck. Rooms are serviced daily.
The Azores covers a variety of excellent diving destinations throuout the year.
On land, the Atlantis Resorts' restaurants have already been rated "world-class" by the Lonely Planet travel guide book, and the Azores' onboard chef continues the policy of providing high-quality food to the guests that are accommodated.
For detailed dates see the Atlantis website.
Booking a Liveaboard
To book a liveaboard holiday, please contact us via our online form, indication your preferences. We can look after all aspects of your holiday, including flights to and from The Philippines, internal transfers and accommodation, and any additional pursuits you wish to undertake.
Diving in the Philippines
In a country made up of 7,107 islands, lying in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, you can imaging that it might well be the world's most perfect diving destination!
In fact, pretty well all of the coastal resorts and destinations that we feature in our holidays have diving as an optional recreation.
Some are perfectly suited to the beginner, or those that simply like to snorkel, while others are better suited to the more experienced, with some deep water dives being quite challenging. Most diving resorts offer tuition, and training is given to the very highest levels.
We offer a wide range of Dive Resorts including some with luxury accommodation, plus several with "world class" cuisine. There's even one with an Italian restaurant for those that favour such a menu.
We have associates in many of the best Philippines diving spots, and can link several destinations up for you if you wish to experience a more varied package. The following are the most popular diving destinations, although many other parts of the Philippines allow for diving too.
The closest diving destination to Manila is Batangas, easily accessed by road. Currently Anilao has more than 40 dive sites, many only 5 to 10 minutes apart. It has a wide variety of diving choices, from novices to instructors where you can see different species of corals, big pelagic fish or rare to find critters where on every dive you will surely be satisfied.
Anilao is a marine protected sanctuary, protecting the different coral species from damage, and educating the local community in various ways of preserving this wonderful place.
Mindoro - Puerto Galera
Puerto Galera is a superb diving area on the island of Mindoro.
It is easily accessible from Manila, being just a trip by road, followed by a ferry crossing to the island of Mindoro.
There are several excellent dive resorts and hotels here, such as the Atlantis, pictured, and the dive spots off Mindoro are amongst the best in the Phlippines. Puerto Galera is an ideal destination for non-diving companions too!
Negros Oriental - Dumaguete
Another Atlantis resort can be found in Dumaguete, on the island of Negros, in the Western Visayas region of The Philippines.
This is a perfect base for exploring the pristine reefs of Apo Island.
The same brilliant standards in both food and accommodation make this a great choice of resort for divers and non-divers alike.
For those that enjoy quality diving, and high standards of resort life outside the water, this is an ideal destination.
Cebu, Mactan Island & Moalboal
There are numerous diving sites off the island of Cebu, in the central region of The Philippines.
Mactan Island is a popular region which has a number of resorts with access to diving, which are attractive to non-diving visitors too. On the west coast of Cebu is Moalboal, which is probably Cebu's finest diving base.
At Moalboal, Kasai Village Resort is in a distinctive class of its own. The resort is perfectly suited for diving and other water sport activities, plus exciting excursions such as jungle trekking, cave exploring, motorcycle riding in the mountains, and hill walking to the waterfalls
Sangat Island Dive Resort occupies quite nearly the entire southwestern cusp of Sangat Island, part of the Calamian Island group to the north of Palawan.
The island is in close proximity to eleven World War II wrecks. Ten of these wrecks are historically significant Japanese War and Supply ships sunk by American forces during the "Battle of Coron Bay" in 1944.
Of these ten World War II wreck sites, eight have found their final resting place only a few minutes' boat ride from the beach front.
Sangat island Resort offers fourteen native-styled, ecologically "low-impact" accommodations, restaurant and bar facilities, and an internationally-renowned water sports and scuba diving center.
It has 300 metres of white sand beachfront, sparkling tropical waters, and coral reef gardens brimming with sea life, Sangat Island Dive Resort has become one of the premier resort destinations for eco-conscious paradise-seekers and scuba diving enthusiasts the world over.
Panglao Island, Bohol
Those wishing to dive in Bohol, should head out to Alona Beach on Panglao Island.
This wonderful stretch of white sand is host to several diving schools.
Select accommodation includes the beautiful Amorita Resort, the Ananyana, and also Alona Vida Resort, amongst others. Panglao Island is connected to Bohol by a bridge, and is just a short hop from Bohol's main city of Tagbilaran.
Dive shops abound on this gem of an island, especially to the west of White Beach.
This is a lively island with numerous activities on offer, and with countless bars and restaurants, and high standards of accommodation. Ideal for families, and divers and non-divers alike! There is no need to stay at a Dive Resort on Boracay, as independent Dive Shops are dotted all over.
A little white sand bay, situated in the greens of Buruanga’s hills, and surrounded by two black volcanic rocks - Tuburan Resort is a peaceful oasis where you can enjoy your holiday looking out to a wonderful sea.
There are dozen of dive spots. You can choose to swim in shallow waters to search for a huge diversity of tiny creatures that live in the corals, or you can dive deep to find shoals of fish amongst wonderfully coloured fans of soft corals.
The menu serves mainly Italian, with some international and local food also, made with the finest quality ingredients.
Panay Island is a jumping-off point for those visiting the busy island of Boracay, and therefore combines well.
Malapascua is a diver's highlight. Diving season is all year round and the area is famous for nudibranch species, crabs, the rare harlequin shrimp, ghostpipe fish, frog fish, various sea-horses and Mandarin fish.
Good dive sites to look for these Philippine specialities are Lapus-Lapus, Bantigi or Chocolate island.
Malapascua is also a place to seek larger fish, such as eagle ray, tuna, grey bamboo and white tip reef sharks, which can be easily observed.
Ticao Island Resort is surrounded by several dive sitesl.
Some dive sites, like the Manta Bowl, are the cleaning and feeding stations of the Oceanic Manta. Waters such as Ticao Pass and Burias Pass are known for being plankton rich, with a constant current. This makes the waters of Ticao an alley for other pelagics like Whale Sharks, Thresher Sharks, Hammerheads, and Tiger Sharks.
For more relaxing and colourful dives, visit the reefs of Ticao Island and that of other nearby islands. Be awestruck by the colourful creatures and corals.
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