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 two 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.
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 Bohol Chocolate Hills.
You will start this Philippines snorkeling trip by flying into Cebu Island before transferring by road to Magic Island Resort. You will spend six nights at this wonderful resort, exploring the local reefs abundant with life, like giant schools of sardines and walls full of gorgonians.
Next, you will transfer by ferry and car to the Magic Oceans Resort on Bohol Island for your remaining six nights. The reefs you will explore are ripe with fish life, nudibranchs, the chance to see seahorses and other less common sea life.
Located in its own private corner of Moalboal, 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.
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.
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.
On your day of travel from one resort to the next, a wonderful land tour will be included. You will visit the Bohol Chocolate Hills (pictured below), a butterfly farm, cruise the Loboc River, and have the opportunity to see packs of Macaque monkeys.
Located on the Anda Peninsula of Bohol Island, this secluded region is home to beautiful reefs and the Magic Oceans Resort.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 29 - December 11, 2020 - One female share available.
February 7-19, 2021 - Available.
$3450 US per person (Twin/Double Share)
Single Person Supplement: $450 US
The initial deposit for this trip is $400 US per person. At six months before departure there is another $1000 US per person interim deposit. The final balance will be due three months before departure.
Individual travelers - Ben will happily find someone of the same sex for you to share a room with to avoid the single person supplement. If he cannot find you someone, no single supplement surcharge will apply.
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.
Ben (pictured with Nicole) is our friend and snorkeling trips partner. He and his team are based in the U.K. and have around twenty years of experience guiding in Asia and beyond. He has been running his own business since 2010 and is primarily offering guided snorkeling trips, but he started with diving. He began 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.
experience going on one of his snorkeling trips we found it very well
organized, the guides were fantastic and very helpful, and the underwater experiences were exceptional. Snorkeling
groups really get the benefit of all of Ben and his guides' years of
experience in the water, and with different resorts and liveaboards.
of his trips are small groups of 12-18 guests, or with a similar ratio
of snorkelers to guides. And for where they visit, and how packed they
are with experiences, they are affordable.
His company is licensed and insured. Barring extreme circumstances they do not cancel trips, 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.