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The Magic of the Philippines

Underwater and Land Adventures Abound:
Bohol, Philippines (Magic Oceans Dive Resort)

April 8 – 20, 2018
$3,750 (per person + airfare)

  • Double Occupancy Bungalow
  • Airfare Not Included

12 Spots Total
5 Remaining

Included

  • 12 Nights at Magic Oceans Dive Resort
    • Double Occupancy in Superior Deluxe Bungalow w/ AC
    • Hot Shower, Toilet, Hair Dryer and Sink in Unit
  • All Meals During Stay at Magic Oceans
    • Includes Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea, Soft Drinks and Water
    • Snack and Water Available Throughout the Day
  • Unlimited Diving During Entire Stay at Resort
    • 3 to 4 Boat Dives per Day
    • Unlimited Shore Diving All Day
    • Fruit, Water, Coffee or Tea on the Boat During Dives
  • Unlimited Nitrox (must be certified as a Nitrox diver)
  • Diving Day Tour to Camiguin Island: 3 Dives and Lunch
  • One Full Day Bohol Adventure Tour Highlights Include:
    • Chocolate Hills, Quad Riding, Zip Lining, Tarsier Monkeys and More
  • WiFi, Pool Towels, Bath Soap and Shampoo

Not Included

  • Airfare (I will organize group air from Chicago as we get close)
  • Tips for Magic Oceans Staff
  • Personal Expenses
  • Alcohol
  • Massages

 

Check out our last trip to the Philippines: Magic Island Dive Resort.

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During a dive show in 2012, our fearless leader Rob (a.k.a. PeeWee), sent Steve and I on a mission to find a dive resort in the Philippines. In his magnanimous way, whilst on countless hours of conference calls at work, he collected enough data to narrow our options down to three. He sent us the information in an eloquent email which I believe said: Here. Here are the three. Go talk to them. PIck one. And don’t screw it up. Of course we did. Our first stop was Magic Island Dive Resort and the meeting with Arie and Desiree. Within minutes we knew they were the ones. We had a great time chatting with them. I felt they took pride in their resort, their work and the experience they provided their customers. And most of all, they were fun. An hour or so later, we parted ways and we left the show. I think we forgot we had more work to do.

While I know there are other well run, beautiful resort in the Philippines, I do believe we found new friends who are as passionate about what they do as we are. Our time at Magic Island was incredible. From day one I heard guests talk about how at home they felt. Rob to this day comments on how he enjoyed waking up, walking out his bungalow to watch the sun come up and JaJa would come and ask if he would like his coffee.  The food was excellent. The resort beautiful, calm, relaxing. The service above and beyond. And the diving, well let’s just say my favorite dive site was about 20 feet deep and pretty much all sand. The amount of life coming out of the ground there is unreal. Mantis shrimp, octopus, snake eels, crabs, starfish, stargazers, pipefish, snakes, nudibranchs and things I still can’t comprehend I saw.

As we knew Arie and Desiree were building this new resort on Bohol, we were curious about the diving there and as Desiree put it, “the diving is definitely different from Magic Island. There is more miles of reef to explore. We have more muck diving, less deep dive spots and more currents. The current brings more big fish (schools of jacks, barracuda, etc.) and last week we saw an eagle ray twice. The corals are in a super healthy condition. One thing we also already noticed in only six weeks, much more species of nudibranchs and octopus.” I mean come on people, get your camera ready, polish off the lens and make sure the batteries are charged. Oh and don’t forget your dive gear and passport.

And when not diving, the one day, I have been promised the land excursion is as good as the diving!


The Diving

One thing guaranteed about diving around the Anda, Bohol area is diversity and abundance. You can expect to see a plethora of different crabs, shrimp, nudibranchs, fish, scorpionfish, frogfish and more. Creatures like the blue ringed and wonderpus octopus are not uncommon sightings. On our last trip to the Moalboal area, I saw so many different looking scorpionfish. The colors and camouflage on them is beautiful. Most of all, what I loved the most was how many things I saw I never had seen before. This is a great place for first timers to this part of the world.

Beyond the critters, Magic Oceans diving provides a good mix of topography. You can dive on top of the reef, looking in all the nooks and crannies of the coral, or dip over the edge of the wall and see what’s happening on the edge of the wall. Really want to fill up that memory card with some gnarly macro life, play in the muck for a few hours. It is all but guaranteed you will not be bored of what you see underwater here.

Between Dives

When not diving, you will have ample time to relax by the pool, have a massage or take a nap in the tranquil, secluded setting of Magic Oceans. And, just when you think you can’t take anymore action underwater, we have one entire day dedicated to a land adventure Arie promises to be epic. Hanging with the Tarsier monkeys, ziplining over the breathtaking landscape of Bohol island or letting your inner child loose on the quads. For all the efforts you put forth for having a great time, we will be rewarded with a visit to sweet, sultry chocolate hills. It will be a great day of off-gassing.

Trip Requirements

  • Must have dive insurance (DAN Dive Insurance)
  • Must be Nitrox certified to dive Nitrox (if you are not, do it, it’s worth it)
  • Must have been diving within the last six months or complete a refresher
  • Must have a dive computer (or arrange to rent one)
  • Have a Safety Sausage/Signal Tube

 

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Check out more photos from the resort here:

Accommodations

  • Double Occupancy Superior Deluxe Bungalow w/ AC
  • Each Bungalow Has a King Size and Single Bed
  • Hot Shower, Toilet, Hair Dryer and Sink in Unit
  • Your Own LIttle Porch with Pool View

Payment

Due to the size of the trip and the fact we are closer to the departure, a larger deposit is now due to the resort, and thus to me :).

  • To book your spot a deposit if $1,750 is due immediatley
  • 01/15/2017 Balance of $2,000 due

Payments may be made by:

  • Cash or Check Payable to Scuba Sensations
  • Chase QuickPay to rami@scubasensations.com
  • Venmo
  • Credit Card or PayPal (rami@scubasensations.com)
    • There is a 4% service charge for these 2 payment methods

Please contact us with any questions.