Philippines Snorkeling Trip

Join This Small Group, 13 Day, Resort Based Snorkel Safari to Three Distinct Reef Areas of the Coral Triangle

November 24 - December 6, 2019
February 16-28, 2020

We are so happy to announce this fantastic snorkeling trip to the Visayan Island group in the heart of the Philippines. You will be visiting 3 different resorts and snorkeling a range of reefs with varied underwater topography and marine life in abundance. This part of the world is within the Coral Triangle, which is considered the epicenter of marine biodiversity in the world.

Magic Ocean Resort, the last stop on this Philippines snorkeling trip.
See beautiful fish like this juvenile Emperor Angelfish while snorkeling in the Philippines.
One of your non-snorkeling activities on this trip will be to the Tarsier Sanctuary, where you can see the world's smallest primates.

This trip is being run by our new partner and friend Ben and his team. Based in the U.K., they are experts in the Coral Triangle, run amazing excursions, and have a great appreciation for the underwater world.

This small group trip (16 snorkelers + guide) is an exceptional value for a 13 day remote adventure filled with fantastic reefs, beautiful landscapes and some interesting top side attractions, like the Chocolate Hills & Tarsiers, the world's smallest primates!

This is a snorkeling focused trip, with most of your days spent exploring what's under the surface. If you would prefer a trip with more above water wilderness and cultural experiences, combined with great snorkeling, see this trip.

Healthy reefs full of fish are on the agenda for this Philippines snorkeling trip.

Where in the World Do You Get to Snorkel?

You will start this Philippines snorkeling trip by flying into Cebu Island before transferring by road to Magic Island Resort. You will spend four nights at this wonderful resort, exploring the local reefs abundant with life, like giant schools of sardines and walls full of gorgonians.

Philippines Snorkeling Trip Map
You will get to see gorgeous massive schools of sardines on one of the snorkeling days from Magic Island Resort.

Next you will travel by road and boat to the wonderful Pura Vida Resort on Cabilao Island. You will spend four nights here, exploring the reefs rich with turtles, eagle rays, and the chance to see rare creatures like frogfish.

Finally you will transfer by boat and car to the Magic Oceans Resort on Bohol Island for your remaining four nights. The reefs you will explore are ripe with fish life, nudibranchs, the chance to see seahorses and other less common sea life.

More About Magic Island Resort & Reefs

Your first stop, the beautiful Magic Island Resort.
One of these cottages may be your home at Magic Island Resort.
Magic Island Resort Accommodation

Located in its private corner of Moal Boal, Magic Island Resort makes for the perfect tropical escape. A small number of air-conditioned, traditional style cottages are set around the property, offering spectacular views out to the landscape of eastern Cebu and the Tenon Sea.

There’s a pool to cool off in between snorkeling excursions and plenty of loungers for lazy afternoon book reading. In the evening you can head to the terrace for starlit drinks. Full board is provided with delicious international fare in their ocean view, open air & open kitchen dining area.

Over the next few days your group of snorkelers will have unlimited snorkeling by private boat to spectacular local reefs, and the stunning house reef straight off the beach is full of lively corals and teeming with fish.

Unlimited boat snorkeling is included at Magic Island Resort.
The amazing mandarinfish can be seen on the reefs near Magic Island Resort.

The group will snorkel at Panagsama which is well known for schooling sardines in the hundreds and thousands - you may see their extraordinary formations as they shift and change shapes as predators approach.

You also will visit Pescador Island - an uninhabited islet where you may to see turtles, soft coral and sea fans, barracuda, sea stars, lionfish, and whitetip sharks if you are lucky.

A lively reef near Magic Island Resort.

There is an optional day canyoning on the Montaneza River, as well as a half day trip to visit the magnificent Kawasan Falls where you can swim in the crystal clear water with a barbecue lunch to follow.

One evening you will take a boat from the resort on a firefly watching tour - floating down the riverbanks after darkness you will see thousands of fireflies lighting up the river banks.

More About Pura Vida Resort & Cabilao Island Reefs

Your Pura Vida Accommodation

Situated on the northeastern point of isolated Cabilao Island off of Bohol is Pura Vida. The resort is multistory and stretches from a white sandy, palm tree fringed beach up onto an overlooking cliff-side. Pura Vida has only 20 rooms in total, ensuring that one still gets personalized service and an intimate environment. The air-conditioned rooms are spacious and decorated with modern flair, and all offer lovely sea views. The restaurant and bar area provide the perfect spaces for socializing or relaxing after a day of snorkeling. Breakfast is included. For dinner and lunches a wide range of different European and Asian dishes are available. There is also a spa that offers a wide range of treatments.

The amazing house reef in front of Pura Vida Cabilao Resort.

The plunging walls and beautiful reef sites are colorful and abundant with life. The sea grass attracts turtles to many of the sites, and the areas of sandy bottom and coral bommies allow for amazing critter hunting.

Snorkel gorgeous reefs abundant with life from your Pura Vida Cabilao base.

Depending on the sites, one can hope to see frogfish, various nudibranchs, crabs and shrimps; barracuda, eagle rays and white tips; large gorgonian fans and plenty of healthy soft corals. Pura Vida also has a house reef which is great for exploring at your leisure and makes for easy access to a relaxing snorkel.

Wonderful soft corals on a reef near Cabilao Island.

Sites such as Gorgonia Wall, which is covered in soft corals, is perfect in the afternoon where the sun drenches the reef in light whilst Lighthouse is a sloping reef which attracts plenty of fish life.

You will get a wonderful full day trip to visit the Bohol Chocolate Hills as well as visiting the Tarsier Sanctuary to glimpse the world's smallest primate. On this day trip you also visit a butterfly farm, cruise the Loboc River and have the opportunity to see packs of Macaque monkeys.

Visit the unique and beautiful Chocolate Hills of Bohol.

About Magic Oceans Resort & Reefs

Located on the Anda Peninsula of Bohol Island, this secluded region is home to beautiful reefs and the Magic Oceans Resort.

Aerial view of the Magic Oceans Resort and its stunning house reef.
Magic Oceans Resort Accommodation

Magic Oceans Resort has just 16 bungalows set in private grounds with lovely ocean views. The air-conditioned rooms are spacious with mini bars, tea/coffee making facilities, private verandas and pool views. Full board is included and the restaurant serves fresh Asian and Western inspired dishes, and the bar serves a variety of cocktails, beers and fresh juices. The onsite spa offers a range of relaxing and restorative treatments.

Frogfish!

Once again your group has access to unlimited boat trips to local reefs, as well as snorkeling the beautiful house reef, which is part of 10.5 miles of coastline teeming with life, from tiny seahorses and nudibranchs to the occasional passing whale shark. The house reef has a broad shallow plateau before it turns into a wall diving down into deeper ocean waters. The reef crest and shallow plateau allow for plenty of close encounters with the reef fish whilst the wall should be explored for schools of bigger fish and passing turtles.

A gorgeous anemonefish.
Blue Ring Octopus

Sites such as Titanic Rock and Paradise Gardens make for particularly good snorkeling opportunities although it’s possible to make your way right along the coastline exploring all as the sites as they merge into each other.


Trip Details & How to Sign Up

This is a small group trip and we expect it to fill quickly. Your spot is reserved with your deposit. Contact Ben below for deposit instructions.

Trip Dates:
November 24 - December 6, 2019
February 16-28, 2020

Price:
$2,945 per person (Twin/Double Share)
(Note this includes most, not all board. See notes below. Ben's team can give you an estimate of what additional costs you can expect.)

Single Person Supplement: $340 USD

Inclusions:

  • Group transfers throughout
  • Accommodation
  • Full Board (all meals) at Magic Island Resort
  • Breakfast at Pura Vida Resort
  • Full Board (all meals) at Magic Ocean Resort
  • Services of snorkel guide throughout
  • Entrance fees & Marine park fees
  • Snorkel boat sessions specified in itinerary
  • Land based tours as specified in itinerary

Exclusions:

  • International flights (booking available on request)
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Some meals (lunch and dinner at Pura Vida)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, laundry and general sundries
  • Spa services
  • Canyoning from Magic Island

Trip Organizers
Ben and his U.K. based team are the organizers and leaders of this trip (more about them below). Galen & Nicole from Tropicalsnorkeling.com are promoting this trip, but all signups, trip organization and payments are made to and managed by Ben's team. TropicalSnorkeling.com does receive a referral fee in exchange for promoting the trip, at no extra cost to attendees.

How to Sign Up or Learn More?
Use the contact form below to contact Ben and his team to request more information about them and express your interest in signing up. They will get back to you shortly with full details.

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More About Ben & Our Partnership

Ben contacted us about his upcoming new snorkeling trips, and we were very excited to go on them and share them with you. We have spent a lot of time emailing and video conferencing with Ben (his company is in the U.K.) to work out the details of what is being offered, and to get a good feel for how we get along, which is very well indeed!

Ben is the co-owner and one of the tour guides leading his company's snorkeling trips.

He and his team have around twenty years of experience guiding and diving in Asia, and eight years running his own business (which gets great reviews). He started offering snorkeling specific trips because he was aware that snorkelers often get the short end of the stick when thrown in with divers. He and his team love the freedom and low stress of snorkeling, and are very aware of the different needs of snorkelers versus divers, in terms of the reef depth, and calm surface conditions needed.

His small company has experienced guides, marine biologists, and underwater photography specialists. So they are bringing a lot of experience to their new snorkeling trips.

Ben is offering two different styles of snorkeler specific trips to different locations in Asia. You can choose either snorkeling intensive trips, where most of your time is spent with your head in the water, or snorkeling trips with more opportunities to experience the culture and wilderness above the water.

All of his trips are small groups of 12-16 guests. And for where they visit, and how packed they are with experiences, they are very affordable.

His company is licensed and insured. They have never cancelled a trip, and all funds are held in a trust until the trip is completed giving you 100% financial security if they or any of their suppliers go out of business before the trip happens.

Learn More About The Resorts

Magic Island Resort Page
Magic Island TripAdvisor Reviews

Pura Vida Resort Page
Pura Vida TripAdvisor Reveiws

Magic Oceans Resort Page
Magic Oceans TripAdvisor Reviews



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