The divesites in the Philippines are really very nice. And their aquatic life varies from small nice creatures - which are almoset not visable - on one side, to big fishes (until whale sharks!) on the other. There are also quite some rare species to find, such as pygmy seahorses, mandarin fishes and treasure sharks for example.

Why you don't visit once the Visayas, the middle one of the three big regions with over 1600 of the 7708 Philippine Islands?

You may discover Dauin (Dumaguete, Negros Oriental) and it's famous Apo Island, which is well known as one of the best divesites in the Philippines, even over the country's borders. Or you could dive in Alona Beach (Panglao, Bohol), as well as at the very nice Balicasag Island, which is about a 30 minutes boat ride away from it.

Map of the Philippines, with enlargement of Dauin/Dumaguete, Apo Island, Alona Beach and Balicasag Click here to see the enlarged map of the Philippines Click here to see the enlarged map of the Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol Click here to see the enlarged map of Dauin, Dumaguete, Negros Oriental

Dauin, Dumaguete

Dauin is a small town / place, about 15 km from Dumaguete City, the capitol of Negros Oriental. There are some resorts, separated from each other, which will make you more integrated in the local live, if you ever leave the resort. You can also meet a lot of local people, when you have a walk on the very long beach, which is full of brown sand, due the fact that it's of the vulcanic area.

There are also some possibilities to go out in the city of Dumaguete. It's a short ride to go there, which makes it easy accessible. Dumaguete is a very clean city for philippine standard. You can reach it from Cebu with the fast ferry via Tagbilaran, Bohol, in about 3 1/2 hours, or even by land trip, if the ferry is not running because of any reason. There are also several flights a day from and to Manila with a flight time of less than 1 hour. Map of Dauin and Apo Island

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Dauin Beach

Apo Island

Apo Island is a nice, small island in front of Negors Oriental. There are about 700 people living on the island and their main income is fishing, but only for their own needs. Additional they could work in one of the two resorts on the island, or sell some souvenirs like t-shirts to the local and foreign visitors. The Island itself with a beautiful reef and lots of wounderful soft and hard corals is a protected area. Fishing for non-residents is not allowed. And since 1982, there is also a small part declared as a no-take marine reserve, in which the fishes have an undisturbed breeding site. Map of Apo Island and Dauin

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Apo Island

Alona Beach, Panglao

In the south of Panglao Island, you can find the Alona Beach. It's a small, nice white sand beach of about 800m. You can find there many resorts and places to stay, and also about 12 Diveshops. You can choose, if you want to have a nice dinner in a quiet place, or if you want to go to a bar or disco to dance, or to enjoy the live music.

Panglao is connected thru to bridges to the mainland Bohol. To get there, you take the fast ferry from Cebu to Tagbilaran (about 1 1/2 hours), and then you will have a short car ride of about 20 or 30 minutes. There are also some flights available from Manila to Tagbilaran. Flight time is less than 1 hour. Map of Alona Beach and Balicasag

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Balicasag is a small island, about 12nbsp;km south-west of Alona Beach. There are a few people living on the Island, and there is also a resort, operated by the government. The people there are also living from fishing, and from the tourists, to whom they also sell souvenirs like neckleces and bracelets as well as shells. (Be aware to buy shells and export them! They are maybe nice to look at it, but they belong to the sea. And therefore, they are protected, as well as other species who live in the sea. There are high penalties to pay, if you get catched with this treasures of the sea!) Map of Balicasag and Alona Beach

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