Earlier this Autumn we were lucky to escape the office for a whirlwind trip around the Philippines. The focus was largely the surrounding dive sites of Cebu, one of the larger islands that make up the Visayas group. There’s plenty on offer here and it’s very easy to get around. These photos were taken from Atlantis Dive Resort just outside of Dumaguete, a short boat ride from South Cebu.
We’ve been lucky to dive many of Indonesia’s and the Philippines finest house reefs and this surely is up there with our all time favourites. We spent many afternoons hovering over the sea grass and black sand slopes in search of all manor of weird and wonderful life, typical suspects included flamboyant cuttlefish, frogfish and mimic octopus.
Just 30 minutes boat ride is Apo Island which offers superb reef diving. We were lucky to get a sighting of a 2m blue marlin although no photographs as Sarah was busy focusing on a frog fish – whoops. Still, Jess our guide told us that in 12 years of diving here he’s never seen one – guess it was just our (my) day!
You can dive Apo and the surrounding shores of Dumaguete from Atlantis Dive Resort. A 7 night stay costs £1,050 per person in a deluxe room including 4 dives per day over 6 days. For photos of the resort and details of travel etc. click here.0