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Posted by atm on 30/10/2014 at 13:43

Hello Peeps.

I have 60 days to kill in the Philippines from Feb 2nd and £3000. The only prerequisite is that I complete a PADI Advance Open Water Course to get Certified so would love a recomendation on a location for that please. Other than that the islands are my oyster as they say......

I am a 39 year old male and on my own.

PS I DONT want to party.

Any assistance with my 60 day itinery would be most appreciated please.

I am Physically Fit and up for anything.

Many thanks.

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Posted by goonistik on 30/10/2014 at 22:52

Dumaguete and nearby Dauin are probably your best bet.

#2 goonistik has been a member since 7/1/2010. Location: Philippines. Posts: 563

Posted by cathyklarks on 30/10/2014 at 23:21

best country ever. been there for like two weeks and i just don't wanna leave. beaches are awesome. i'll be sure to come back.

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Posted by wanderer143 on 2/11/2014 at 01:49

Check out Badladz in Puerto Galera. The owner is a foreigner. Great diving sites and diving courses are accredited by PADI. Was about to visit there last year but canceled to purchase a DSLR. Shame isn't it? Leaning towards to go there this April 2015. Hope that helps.

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Posted by Babalugats on 2/11/2014 at 20:08

Coron, El Nido, Siquijor, Camiguin, and Bucas Grande

#5 Babalugats has been a member since 21/3/2010. Location: Philippines. Posts: 74

Posted by miriam123 on 18/11/2014 at 17:31

Biliran island is beautiful. Very untouristy and beautiful. Lots of waterfalls, hiking, hotsprings, island hopping etc. Worth a week if you go to eastern visayas/leyte.

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Posted by migsaquino on 24/11/2014 at 06:13

You can either visit

a. Sabang, Puerto Galera OR


b. El Nido


#7 migsaquino has been a member since 12/7/2012. Posts: 15

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Posted by magicFly on 7/1/2015 at 04:34

Beside this is a old thread I just want to add Bohol as diving destination on the Philippines.

@travistrave-Igea: Agree at point 1 and 2. Don't agree at the rest. Never done and will never do and I am still alive and travelling out there :)

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Posted by Paul999 on 8/1/2015 at 06:16

I second Coron

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Posted by naxcissique on 8/1/2015 at 09:23

Coron and El Nido in Palawan, Philippines are your best bet. They have the best marine and terrestrial wildlife in the Luzon province. Start with Apo Reef at Coron.

Boracay, Aklan is very touristy. But it has gorgeous fine white-sand beaches visitors just love, and it's not too crowded during February. Be prepared for a little noise though. They have good dive sites - visit Yapak I and Crocodile Island. If you ever end up in Boracay, book at Bulabog Beach on the other side of the island - it's much more quiet, plus all the water sports and diver shops are congregated there.

Malapascua Island in Cebu has so many beautiful dive sites it's hard to pick one, but I'd recommend Monad Shoal for the thresher sharks.

#11 naxcissique has been a member since 8/1/2015. Posts: 1

Posted by comtam3000 on 19/1/2015 at 12:46

I spent some time in the eastern Visayas a few months ago, the diving was beautiful and not very touristy at all. Padre Burgos in southern Leyte is gorgeous and super quiet. I didn't make it to Bohol, but it's an easy ferry ride from southern Leyte and I've heard wonderful things about some of the dive sites. From Bohol you could make your way west to Dumaguete and Negros, both of which I've also heard great things about.

I definitely second Malapascua - it's absolutely gorgeous, and the threshers at Monad Shoal are breathtaking. Have a blast, the Philippines is a really special place.

#12 comtam3000 has been a member since 4/6/2014. Location: United States. Posts: 73

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