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Dive Safaris and Island Hopping in the Philippines

Dive Safaris around Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor and Negros...

Dive Safaris & Island Hopping

Savedra Dive Center joined forces with the dive professionals of Easy Diving in Negros and organize 6-day dive safaris from Cebu via Bohol to Negros and back. From October to March, the safari vessels Royo and Goya commute between Sipalay (Negros) and Moalboal (Cebu) regularly back and forth while visiting to the best dive sites the archipelago has to offer.

Cruise with us through the “epicenter” of marine biodiversity on earth, the Visayan Archipelago. The islands of Negros, Bohol and Cebu belong to the coral triangle home to more than 12.000 species of fish. Join us for a great dive adventure and prepared for great diving, good visibility, colorful corals, schools of fish, large predators, and tiny critters.

Within 6 days you will see the best dive spots the region has to offer, including Dauin, Apo Island, Siquijor Island, Balicasag Island, Panglao Island, Sumilon Island, Sunken Island and Pescador Island. Even a trip to the Kawasan Waterfalls set in the jungle of Matutinao Nature Park in Cebu is included, with an additional option to visit the Chocolate Hills of Bohol.

Apo Island is one of the world’s best known community-organized marine sanctuaries, and as such it has been well documented by the global science community. At present, the island is home to over 650 documented species of fish and estimated to have over 400 species of corrals.

On Panglao, the Panglao Marine Biodiversity Project found that Panglao alone has more marine biodiversity than Japan and the Mediterranean Sea. For all those who would like to see the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, a day trip can be organized for a surcharge.

Sumilon Island is all of 24 hectares of luxuriant tropical greens enveloped by an astonishing collection of marine flora and fauna teeming in its lucid and azure waters.

Other highlights on this safari are the dive sites of Apo Island, Sumilon Island, Balicasag Island and a wonderful excursion to the Matutinao Nature Park and the Kawasan Waterfalls. Another land trip to the world renown Chocolate Hills in Bohol is optional.

These dive safaris are conducted by divers for divers. We emphazise scuba diving and great dive spot selection, not necessarily the greatest comfort and luxury. Accommodation on land is simple but clean at local beach resorts close to the shore. If you opt to stay on board in one of the cozy bunks you feel like you camping our on sea. Some divers just drop their mattress on the heavy netting between the outriggers and get lulled to sleep by the lapping waves.

More info on dive safaris on this page:


Dive Safari - Map: Cebu - Bohol - Negros

Map of Dive Safari in the Philippines


Dive Safari - Dive Spots

Balicasag Island - Bohol

Balicasag Island is Bohol's top dive site. It's a combination of dramatic vertical walls, colorful coral and sponge composites, and flourishing habitats of both small tropical reef fish and larger pelagic fish!

jackfish in Balicasag Island


Apo Island - Negros

Apo Island is a volcanic island covering 12 hectares in land area, 7 kilometers off the southeastern tip of Negros Island and 30 kilometers south of the Negros Oriental capital of Dumaguete City in the Philippines.
The marine habitat around the island is a marine reserve and has become a popular dive site and snorkeling destination for scuba divers. Apo Island is one of the world's best known community-organized marine sanctuaries, and as such it has been well documented by the global science community.


turtle on dive safari negros philippines



Sunken Island - Cebu

A spectacular dive, for experienced divers only. It's actually an underwater pinnacle, with the summit about 25m below the surface. You have to drop through 25m of open blue water and often strong currents to reach the top of this underwater mountain. Underwater dive spots in Moalboal, photographers love to shoot pictures from the big school of lion fish. Additionally you find frogfish and spanish dancers in this area. And, of course, big pelagics: great school of jacks and tuna, barracuda, grouper and snapper, schools of blue triggerfish and mackerel, as well as the occasional manta ray or shark.

sunken island cebu philippinen



Land Tour to Kawasan Falls / Matutinao Nature Park (included) - Cebu

A visit to Kawasan Falls and the Matutinao Nature Park is nice break on this safari. After a 30 minute walk through the idyllic tranquility of the jungle we will arrive at the first and biggest fall, as high as 20 meters. Here we can swim and play in fresh and cool water, get a “waterfall massage” on a bamboo raft which is passes under the falls, climb and jump and explore the lush jungle surrounding the canyon. Great fun for everybody!

matutinao nature park cebu - kawasan water falls



Land Tour to Chocolate Hills (optional) - Bohol

Another option on our dive safari: Visit the Chocolate Hills of Bohol.
The Chocolate Hills is a geological formation in Bohol Province, Philippines.There are at least 1,260 hills but there may be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi).[2] They are covered in green grass that turns brown (like chocolate) during the dry season, hence the name.


Dive Safari - Itinerary

dive safari boat goyaOur dive safari run from October to early March; the following dive sites are visited:

Safari Tour 1: Moalboal - Alona Beach - Siquijor - Apo - Sipalay

Day 1: Moalboal - Sunken Island – Excursion Kawasan Waterfalls - Liloan.
3-4 dives. Overnight in Liloan.
Day 2: Liloan - Sumilon Island - Balicasag Island. 3-4 dives. Overnight in Alona Beach, Bohol.
Day 3: Panglao Island, 3-4 dives or 1 dive plus optional land tour to the Chocolate Hills. Overnight in Alona Beach, Bohol.
Day 4: Balicasag Island, Siquijor Island, 3-4 dives. Overnight in Dauin, Negros
Day 5: Apo Island, 3-4 dives. Overnight in Dauin, Negros
Day 6: Dauin, Sipalay 2-3 dives. Check-in in Sipalay, Negros.


Safari Tour 2: Sipalay - Apo - Siquijor - Alona Beach - Moalboal

Day 1: Sipalay - Basay - Dauin, 2-3 dives, Overnight in Dauin, Negros
Day 2: Apo Island, 3-4 dives. Overnight in Dauin, Negros
Day 3: Siquijor Island, Balicasag Island, 3-4 dives. Overnight in Alona Beach.
Day 4: Panglao Island, 3-4 dives or 1 dive plus optional land tour to the Chocolate Hills. Overnight in Alona Beach, Bohol.
Day 5: Balicasag Island - Sumilon Island, 3-4 dives. Overnight in Liloan.
Day 6: Liloan, Moalboal, Excursion Kawasan Waterfalls. Check in Moalboal


Dive Safari - Package Deals

Our dive safaris offer ideal combinations, e.g.:

We are happy to provide you a complete package including all transfers, accommodation, diving in Cebu and Negros, and the dive safaris. Contact us if you are interested.


Dive Safari Schedules Oct 2017 - Jun 2018

1 18 October, 2017 23 October, 2017 SIPALAY
2 26 October, 2017 31 October, 2017 MOALBOAL
3 03 November, 2017 08 November, 2017 SIPALAY
4 11 November, 2017 16 November, 2017 MOALBOAL
5 19 November, 2017 24 November, 2017 SIPALAY
6 27 November, 2017 02 December, 2017 MOALBOAL
7 05 December, 2017 10 December, 2017 SIPALAY
8 13 December, 2017 18 December, 2017 MOALBOAL
9 24 December, 2017 29 December, 2017 SIPALAY
10 02 January, 2018 07 January, 2018 MOALBOAL
11 11 January, 2018 16 January, 2018 SIPALAY
12 19 January, 2018 24 January, 2018 MOALBOAL
13 27 January, 2018 01 February, 2018 SIPALAY
14 04 February, 2018 09 February, 2018 MOALBOAL
15 12 February, 2018 17 February, 2018 SIPALAY
16 20 February, 2018 25 February, 2018 MOALBOAL
17 28 February, 2018 05 March, 2018 SIPALAY
18 08 March, 2018 13 March, 2018 MOALBOAL
19 16 March, 2018 21 March, 2018 SIPALAY
20 24 March, 2018 29 March, 2018 MOALBOAL
21 01 April, 2018 06 April, 2018 SIPALAY
22 09 April, 2018 14 April, 2018 MOALBOAL
23 17 April, 2018 22 April, 2018 SIPALAY
24 25 April, 2018 30 April, 2018 MOALBOAL
25 03 May, 2018 08 May, 2018 SIPALAY
26 11 May, 2018 16 May, 2018 MOALBOAL
27 19 May, 2018 24 May, 2018 SIPALAY
28 27 May, 2018 01 June, 2018 MOALBOAL



Dive Safari – Prices

Dive Safari Rates





 What to bring: 


Dive Safari - Overview

WHAT? 6-day safari from Moalboal to Sipalay and Sipalay to Moalboal, via Bohol
WHEN? From October 2013 to May
SAFARI BOATS: Goya und Royo
DIVE SITES: Sunken Island, Sumilon Island, Apo Island, Balicasag Island, Alona Beach, Dauin, Siquijor Island, Basay Pier

Excursion to the Kawasan Falls
Optional: Daytrip to Chocolate Hills

INCLUDED: 3-4 dives a day, all meals, shore trips, accommodation.
EXCLUDED: Rental equipment, marine park fees, drinks ashore
PRICE: PRICES: 43,200 Pesos including overnight stay in bunks on board
51,000 Pesos including overnight stay in a beach resort on shore

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Dive Safari - Images & Impressions

Safari Boat Goya

dive safari philippines - outrigger bance



Transfer to shore by rubber boats

on dive safari in the philippines - transfer to the beach



Sunset on a dive safari

sunset on dive safari in the philippines


Cozy bunks for those who sleep on board

sleeping in bunks on board the dive safari vessel



Dive Safari Impressions

whale shark encounter on dive safari in the philippines


scorpion fish - dive safaris philippines


nudibranch - dive safari philippines




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