PADI Diving Society Members picked up their passports in February and headed to The Philippines for a week of diving adventures. Dumaguete, with its warm water, white sandy beaches as well as diverse culture and history, was the backdrop for this year’s first Ocean Safari. PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, Atlantis Dive Resort hosted of the event held from the 15th until the 22nd of last month, which boasted fantastic attendance from Society Members as well as staff from PADI America’s.
A cocktail party kicked off the society event, which was followed by seven days of diving. Society Members were treated with 5 dives a day, including night dives, in order to take full advantage of the fantastic diving on offer in the Philippines. Negros Island proved a highlight where more than 400 species of coral are found. Atlantis took members to the many dive sites around Apo Island, Dauin Marine Sanctuary and Siquijor. The archipelago is renowned for its active fish life, more than 3000 species can be found here, providing society members with ample to see and discover. Surface intervals were spent exploring the coastline by Kayak, taking a dip in the Casaroro waterfalls and enjoying great food at Atlantis’ world renowned restaurant, Toko’s.
Atlantis’s dive team were a great support throughout the event, helping make every Society Members diving experience unforgettable. The beach BBQ and farewell reception let divers unwind from the week’s events and provided an opportunity for Society Members to mingle and reminisce with their new found dive buddies.
With more than 7000 islands, the Philippines offers up a lot in great diving. Located in the Coral Triangle, the world’s most biodiverse underwater realm on the planet, each dive region has a host of unique dive experiences, from encounters with dugongs or thresher sharks, to WWII wreck dives and a magnitude of macro life. Topside the Philippines is just as stunning and will have you captivated with magical sunsets, pristine beaches and a tantalising cultural life.
More information about diving in Dumaguete as well as the other countless diving hubs in the Philippines, Cebu, Palawan, Bohol and Subic Bay, can be found on the Vacation Spotlight feature on padi.com.
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