Join us on board the Atlantis Azores Liveaboard as we cruise between the serene islands exploring a diverse collection of reefs in the heart of the coral triangle. We'll be snorkeling the Visayas Islands in the central region of the country, an area which boasts clear waters, vibrant marine life, and healthy coral reefs.
After 6 nights on board the Atlantis Azores Liveabaord, and an evening spent at the Atlantis Resort, we travel together to Cabilao for 4 nights in a lovely resort- Pura Vida- and 3 days of stunning snorkeling on healthy colorful reefs.
Aside from days spent snorkeling the reef, there is an optional land tour on Bohol Island to see the Chocolate Hills and other topside highlights, which will be offered once we are settled into the resort on Cabilao. For those that want to maximize their snorkel time but would like to see the country topside there will also be beach time and trips to the islands between snorkel sessions.
All trips are accompanied by local guides, well versed in the marine life on the reefs, as well as a member of the Snorkel Venture team. Staff are available to help with water entry and exits, and all snorkel sessions have boat surface support to ensure our safety.
This group tour is exclusively for snorkelers. All trips are accompanied by at least one Snorkel Venture guide as well as local guides who are all well versed in the marine life and the reefs. Staff are available to help with water entry and exits, and all snorkel sessions have boat surface support to ensure our safety.
This snorkeling safari features 6 nights on the Atlantis Azores Liveaboard, followed by one night at the Atlantis Dumaguete Resort, before heading to Cabilao for 4 nights at Pura Vida Resort.
On the liveaboard we'll travel between islands, usually basing ourselves in a location for 1 or 2 days before moving on in search of beautiful snorkeling sites and abundant marine life - all while being back dropped by the stunning landscape of the Philippine islands.
The liveaboard itinerary features 4 main locations in the Visayas Island group - Moalboal, Bohol, Pamilacan Island & Apo Island. Each region offers a variety of topographical underwater landscapes from plunging walls to shallow coral gardens, pinnacles and sea mounts. The Pura Vida Resort is based on Cabilao, a small island off of Bohol, which has some spectacular reefs for snorkeling.
Much of the snorkeling will be enjoyed over shallow fringing reefs - expect healthy hard and soft coral gardens with plenty of turtles, potential for rays and sharks and a high diversity of fish life. Conditions in the water should make for easy snorkeling with protection from neighbouring islands and calm surface conditions - these locations are not prone to strong currents. A more detailed schedule can be found in the Itinerary Section.
Cabilao Snorkel Boat
These traditional bangka style boats are well equipped for snorkeling. They have plenty of sun protection with the canopy, and also offer a fully covered area to store items that can not get wet. There is a marine toilet onboard as well as fresh water basins for cameras. Exit the water by wood ladders on the sides of the boat. Average travel time from the resort is about 15 minutes.
The tour begins and ends at Manila International Airport.
This itinerary is subject to change due to surface or in water conditions.
Day 1 - Meet group leader in Manila and fly together the Dumaguete. Group transfer to Atlantis Azores Liveaboard for boarding and dinner.
Day 2 - Moalboal and Pescador - Set off to Moalboal. Our first snorkeling sessions will be here, among schooling fish like trevally and snapper, clown fish and turtles are commonly seen. At Pescador Island, a well known sea mount plunging in to the ocean depths with coral covered walls - we may see reef sharks alongside a diverse abundance of tropical fish. At Panagsama Reef there is a resident shoal of thousands of sardines. Watching these fish, moving in unison in huge shiny groups as the hunting trevally chase them is truly a spectacular sight.
Day 3 & 4 - Panglao/Bohol/Alona Beach /Balicasag- The reefs surrounding these islands are beautiful with huge old coral formations, a variety of colorful soft corals, a multitude of tropical reef fish species, turtles, frog fishes and more. The waters in this area are home to pods of dolphins and we have a good chance to spot some while in this archipelago. While in the area we will make a stop at Virgin Island - a nearby sand bar and picturesque islet.
Day 5 - Pamilacan Island and Sumilon- Pamilacan is a tiny island about 12KM off the Bohol coast, and is home to only 200 families who together live a subsistence fishing lifestyle and prioritize the health of the waters that support their lifestyle. Surrounded by healthy reef, we can expect to see schools of jacks and sardines, turtles, angel fish, various anemone fish, butterfly fish, nudibranchs and more. Here we will spend some time on the white powder beach and we will take a short tour around the island led by members of the community. Sumilon Island was the first marine protected area in the Philippines and was created as a marine sanctuary in 1974. The years of protection have paid off, and the it boasts stunning reefs with an abundance of schooling of fish. Here we will spend some time enjoying the pristine beaches, and also enjoy a beach BBQ for dinner.
Day 6 - Sumilon - Apo Island is a small volcanic island lying 30Km's off Negros Oriental. The marine protected area was established some 35 years ago, and is a strictly policed "no take zone". As a result some of the most colorful and healthy reefs in the country are found here. We can expect to see schooling jacks, trevally and barracuda, green-sea and hawksbill turtles, and a huge variety of nudibranchs, crabs and other critters in this area.
Day 7 - We will disembark at Dumaguete and transfer straight from the liveaboard into Atlantis Dumaguete Resort for some beach and pool relaxation before moving on to our next destination.
Day 8 - Transfer to Dumaguete Pier from Atlantis Resort. Ocean Jet Ferry to Tagbilaran followed by a short transfer to Pura Vida Resort, Cabilao. Settle in, and relax.
Day 12- Travel back to Manila together, for international connection or speak to us about extending your time in the Philippines. We can offer a variety of tailor made travel extensions.
Optional Land Tour - Day 11
Chocolate Hills, Butterfly Farm and Hinagdanan Cave
Take in some of the best sites of Bohol. The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol’s most famous tourist attraction ‐ they look like giant mole hills; covered with grass, which, at the end of the dry season, turns chocolate brown. Approximately 5 hours.
Atlantis Azores Liveaboard Vessel
This beautiful 107-foot yacht features 8 staterooms, 7 deluxe and one "owners stateroom", all of which have private showers, double and single bunk-style berths. The owner's suite is the only cabin on the upper deck and is larger than the other cabins, has a desk and large picture windows.
The dining room services freshly prepared meals and snacks. The snack and drink bar is open all day. All drinks on board including social servings of beer, wine and local rum are complimentary. You may also bring your own beverages with no corkage fee.
The Azores also boasts:
Most snorkel sessions are done from two zodiac tender boats with a short ride to the sites. Our cruise team will ensure you get the best from every in water session; charters include 3-4 snorkel sessions a day although personal preferences or logistical concerns may change this on a day to day basis. A roomy three-tier camera table is available for photographers along with a charging station. All guests have their own storage area for snorkel equipment and there are fresh, hot water showers on the back platform.
Pura Vida Resort, Cabilao
Pura Vida is situated on the north-eastern point of the isolated island of Cabilao. The resort is multi-story and stretches from a white sandy, palm tree fringed beach up onto an overlooking cliff-side. Pura Vida has only 20 rooms, ensuring personalized service and an intimate environment. All rooms feature air-conditioning and private bathrooms.
Pura Vida has two traditional ‘Bangka Boats’ for our snorkel sessions. Easy to use ladders make embarkation/disembarkation from the boats easy. There are also big canopies to provide plenty of shade from the sun. We include complimentary water and juice on board.
US $4885 per person (Twin/Double Share)
Supplement - US$990 per person for the Owners Suite (only one cabin available)
How to book your place?
Initial deposit: US$400 per person
12-months from departure: US$600 per person interim deposit
6- months before departure: US$1000 per person interim deposit
Final balance: Due 12-weeks before departure
To join this Philippines Snorkel Safari:
There are many flight options leaving from the UK to Philippines 's capital airport - Manila (MNL), Philippines Airlines offers direct flights and other indirect options include Singapore (SIN), Dubai (DXB) or Hong Kong (HKG) with an average travel time of 13 hours direct or 15-17 hours.
From the US flights also route indirectly via Hong Kong (HKG) or Tokyo (HND) with an average travel time of 18-22 hours.
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Our tour leader Alex worked very hard to ensure everyone had a good experience. He was friendly, patient and always happy to share his knowledge and passion for marine life and snorkelling.. Lyn B. Dec. 2019
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