It took Mike nearly 25 years and a trip to the DEMA 2012 in Las Vegas for Mike to meet his old friend Jerry Beaty again. Jerry is the successful associate publisher of Dive Training Magazine. Jerry’s knowledge about dive-tourism and his insights are unmatched in the industry.
After the reconnection in Vegas, Mike invited Jerry to visit our Dauin Beach Resort, whenever his busy schedule allows him to hop to the Philippine archipelago.
The Philippines had a strong appearance at this year’s DEMA show in Las Vegas. Spearheaded by Tourism Attaché Mary Anne Cuevas of the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Philippines had the second largest booth of all participants at the DEMA 2012.
The Philippine Dive Team not only provided great choices of diving destinations in the Philippines but also offered the participants and underwater photographers magnificent opportunities to experience the country’s underwater plethora of wonders and diverse eco systems.
Mike and Joe Ann represented our Beach Resort with the Adventure Dive Shop in Dauin and Dumaguete and provided very valuable information to dive operators and travel Pro’s from all over the world about our unique location in the central Visayas. Working as a team ensured, that we were not only present at the Philippine booth during opening hours, but also gave the opportunities to visit other exhibitors, strengthen old and establish valuable new contacts.
The DEMA 2012 was with over 10,000 attendees one of the most successful in its history, it also manifested the Philippine as a prime SCUBA dive destination in the world.
We put a trip together to explore the stunning underwater world of the Tubbataha Reef.
Grasp the chance to Join Mike and Joeann from May 9 – 14, 2013. We reserved spots on the Discovery Palawan (formerly the Hans Christian Andersen).
We were able to get a rate which is probably the best, one can get for a Tubbataha Dive Trip.
|Puerto Princesa – Tubbataha – Puerto Princesa
UPPER DECK ROOM
|Prices based on double occupancy. Single occupancy surcharge of 30%|
Above schedule is subject to change without prior notice and dependent on sea and weather conditions.
Itinerary for Tubbataha Reef Trip
Day 1 -> Guest embarkation, lift anchor in the evening. Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Day 2 -> Diving in Northern part of the North Atoll
Day 3 -> Diving in Southern Part of the North Atoll
Day 4 -> Diving in Southern part of the South Atoll
Day 5 -> Diving in Northern part of South Atoll, lift anchor after 4th dive for Puerto Princesa
Day 6 -> Disembarkation after breakfast
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) is recognized as being the best diving destination in the Philippines
This 100,000 hectare natural park is only accessible from Late March to Mid June due to sea and weather conditions.
Divers come here for the incredible corals, huge schools of fish and the chance to see lots of sharks and manta rays. Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is both a National Marine Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was nominated recently as one of the 7 wonders of nature.
This is also one of the last places in Asia with guaranteed shark sightings on almost every dive. Expect to encounter white tip, grey reef, nurse and hammerhead sharks.
A Tubbataha dive safari is the only way to explore the wonders of this special place. Don’t wait too long, the open spots fill up fast.
Many of our guests identified their discoveries with one of his ID books. Neville Coleman, inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in 2007 has passed away this May 5 – 2012.
The world lost one of the biggest underwater explorers Neville Coleman. He passed peacefully away on May 5 – 2012. The member of the Scuba Diving Hall of Fame was an inspiration for thousands of divers. His passion to discover the Oceans led Neville Coleman to discover 450 new species with 15 of them carrying his name.
Neville Coleman was diving since 1963. He published his first book in 1974 Australian marine fishes in colour. Many of his publications can be found in dive shops worldwide. They are known to be some of the most comprehensive underwater guides available… source: Scuba Tribune
Neville Coleman “Footsteps in the Sea”
R.I.P Neville Coleman
The calm water, good visibility and outstanding aquatic life were the reasons, which made our French guests to blow some bubbles for the first time.
Bob (one of the biggest fish in our team) brought them out with Gaby to a Discover Scuba Diving experience in Dauin. Alain, Cathy, Valentine and Faustine Auzanneau did fantastic and were welcomed by thousands of fish.
If you wonder why they can not stop smiling, just drop by for a Discover Scuba Diving and get addicted.
The Discover Scuba program is ideal for everybody who wants to make his first breaths under water. After a short theory part you gear up and go into the water where you learn some simple skills under the direct supervision of our experienced instructors, the rest is watching fish…
Another great advantage of the Discover Scuba Diving program, it gives you credit towards the Open Water Course if one decides to go for the certification.
If you have any question about diving in Dumaguete, write us a mail, drop by in our Adventure Diveshop at the boulevard or in our Beach Resort in Dauin. We look forward to get you wet.
I’ve been quiet about this because you know how things work in the Philippines….slowly, slowly and more slowly….. Well, finally our new banka boat is in the water and ready for diving……
Miley Kate (named after our daughter) is 20 meters or 70 feet long she is a much bigger and more comfortable boat then our other Adventure dive boat. Licensed for 20 passengers she will easily handle 16 divers with 3 tanks each, but our target will be 12 divers max. With a comfortable little cabin with coffee and hot tea onboard the now only 30 min ride to Apo Island is quicker then ever.
Monday Oct 18th with typhoon Juan still in the area we headed out to Apo Island to bless the new boat. The boat was full of staff and a couple of guests, Karen and Laurence…
Halfway there the clouds closed in on us bringing the visibility down to zero… wind and waves where wild… Staff (the girls that can’t swim) were starting to panic…
Our experienced captain kept the boat on course even though he couldn’t see anything… after 30 minutes the storm passed and we could see Apo Island not so far away…. The seas calmed a bit and soon we where on the island enjoying roast pig and fresh fish. The blessing was done by Pastor Jec Jec, manager of our Adventure DiveShop branch in Dumaguete branch.
After a trip like that a thanks to God was in order…. All in all the boat handled the seas with out problem and proved to be just what we where looking for a safe, comfortable and reliable dive boat.
It is always a pleasure to see our guests and especially our students coming back to see us. Freddy and Angela from Taiwan started diving with the Adventure Dive Shop at the Boulevard and we were happy to welcome the lovely couple now in our Dauin Beach Resort for a great week of Scuba Diving and some celebrations.
We are proud to say congratulations to Freddy and Angela , our Open Water and Advanced students, as they celebrate their 100th dive!!! Of course, we celebrated this milestone with family and friends appropriate.
Thanks for staying with us and keep up the good work, maybe Rescue Course next year!
We just received a picture of the strong presence of the Philippine Diving Community at the DEMA Show 2010 in the US. The DEMA is considered to be the world’s biggest dive show.
Here a picture of the strong Philippine delegation:
Four seminars about diving in the Philippines were held over 3 days and world-class underwater-photographer like Michael Aw (who just won with his recent publication “Philippines – Heart of the Ocean” the “Palme d’Or (Gold) International Prize for Best Book of the Year” at the World Underwater Pictures Festival) and Mr. Stan Waterman, a world renowned underwater videographer, were supporting the Philippines with colorful presentations.
Just in case you are using a small netbook, we magnified the picture above partially, to make it easier to “Find Mike”
We were very busy since early January. after some clouds the sun is back and we went daily out for great diving adventures. Plenty of divers enjoyed diving in brilliant conditions with clear water and sunshine.
Here are just 3 three pictures which say it all. More news the next weeks.