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Scuba Diver and Corals

Personally, I have always had a special attitude towards the
Philippine Islands and the Filipino people. After all, it was a United
States territory from 1898 to1946 until the Filipino people achieved
their independence. It is a land where American and Filipino people
fought and died together during WWII. Throughout the decades, we
have been closely aligned people with many shared values and
traditions. And many of us have Filipino Americans within our families and/or circle of close friends. And speaking for myself, as I have been around the world, I have always admired the underlining qualities of the Filipino people; honesty, kindness, and strong work ethic (just to name a few). 


So…for my first ever visit to the Philippine Islands…I wanted to do

something special.

For this trip we have partnered with the Atlantis Philippines Resort to
bring you an incredibly special adventure. Now…there is world-class
diving all around the Philippine’s but to truly experience the best they
have to offer; you have to be on a live-aboard. But as much as I love
the live-aboard experience I did not want to be confined to a yacht for
the duration of my first visit there. I wanted the opportunity to get out
in their communities to meet people and to see for myself their way of
life and culture. That is what makes Atlantis Philippine’s so special
and perfect. Not only do they offer two individual resorts in the north
and the south, but they also operate the Atlantis Azores liveaboard
dive yacht.

Upon arrival in Manila, we will take a domestic flight south to the
Atlantis Resort in Dumaguete. We will spend 5 days/4 nights here.
Here we can unwind from our long journey and basically do whatever
you would like to do. The beachfront resort is beautiful. And the dive
sites are only a short boat ride from the resort. Click here to see the
resort and its amenities:

Atlantis Dumaguete Resort - Atlantis Dive Resorts and Liveaboard Philippines (

During our stay at the resort, we will have the option to do a special
all-day dive day at the world-famous Apo Island. Apo is an amazing
destination, the longest lasting community led marine protected area,
with over three hundred species of coral and fish! It is about a 45-
minute boat ride on an outrigger Bangkah boat. We will do two dives,
have a BBQ lunch on the boat followed by a third dive. We will then
head back to the resort for either a night dive or Mandarin Fish sunset

After our stay at the resort, we will board the Atlantis Azores for a
special 10 day/9-night itinerary of the Malapascua & Cebu region
within The Visayan Sea. My goodness…check out this itinerary!! (that
is right…Whale Sharks and Thresher Sharks!!)


  • Day 2: OSLOB AND SUMILON (whale sharks and reef) 

  • Day 3: MOALBOAL AND PESCADOR ISLAND (sardines and incredible rock formation)

  • DAY 4 & 5: GATO ISLAND, MONAD SHOAL & MALAPASCUA (Threshers and white tips, incredible caverns, and rock formation) 

  • DAY 6: MONAD SHOAL & CALANGGAMAN ISLAND OR CABILAO (amazing walls and rock formation)

  • DAY 7: BALICASAG (marine reserve with excellent wall, macro, and fish life)

  • DAY 8: PANGLAO (half day land tour option to visit Chocolate Hills, Tarsier, ButterflyFarm and Cave at additional cost)

  • DAY 9: APO ISLAND OR SIQUIJOR (both walls with excellent corals)

  • DAY 10: DISEMBARKATION 8AM at Dumaguete resort 


Click here for a full description of this exciting itinerary

Atlantis Azores Malapascua – Cebu Trip - Atlantis Dive Resorts and Liveaboard Philippines (

My friends, this will be a spectacular adventure for us to share. And in
my opinion, remarkably high in value in regard to all that it includes. I

have had time to get to know the people at Atlantis Philippines and to
talk to my trusted industry insiders and I have nothing but confidence
that we will be very well taken care of. The staff at the resort and on
the Atlantis Azores have a great reputation of exceptional service and
friendliness. I am certainly excited about the diving, but I am just as
excited to get to know the Filipino people and learn more about their
culture. So…we invite you to come to join in the fun with my wife Suzy and me. It is going to be a spectacular special adventure!!

Atlantis Philippines
Resort & Liveaboard Dive Adventure

Oct 1 – Oct 14, 2024




  • $5199 per person / double occupancy

  • $5799 per person / double occupancy (Owner’s Suite on the liveaboard)

  • $1200 non-refundable deposit due at booking 

  • $2000 payment due by Nov. 30, 2023

  • Balance due by April 30, 2024

  • Rates include the use of Nitrox for all two weeks…$400 value! Super value!

  • Also the Apo Island Dive Day Excursion…$115 value

Atlantis Azore Liveaboard Info:


  • 10-day / 9-Night accommodations in a deluxe stateroom (or the one Owner’s Suite)

  • Up to five dives per day (weather permitting)

  • All Nitrox tanks, use of weights and dive guide

  • All meals and snacks on board

  • Complimentary local soft drinks and social servings of beer and wine

  • Limited internet access (via cellular not satellite)

  • Airport transfer


  • Marine Park fee $180 per diver (will be charged to you on your on-board account)

  • Rental gear (if needed)

  • Cost of optional Land excursions

  • Gratuities for your boat crew

Resort Info:


  • 5-day / 4-Night stay in a Deluxe Room

  • Unlimited scheduled boat diving via onsite dive center (up to 4-day dives and 1-night dive)

  • Use of Nitrox tanks and weights

  • Apo Island Dive Day Excursion (a savings of $115 per person)

  • Full board meals (full breakfast & chef-prepared 3-course lunch and dinner)

  • Coffee, tea & filtered water (available from 6am -9:30pm)
    (Italian and specialty coffee not included after breakfast)

  • Unlimited internet access

  • Airport transfers


  • Your air travel to and from Manila.

  • Round trip flight from Manila to Dumaguete. This will be arranged for us by Atlantis. Presently the rate for a group booking is only $210 so it is inexpensive (price subject to change by the airline)

  • You can upgrade to an Ocean Front room or Garden View suite for $110 per person for the 4-night stay (subject to availability)

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages

  • Spa services

  • Land excursions

  • Marine Park fees. Billed to your room account separately. Charged by the individual dive. Presently it is $4 per day dive and $6 per night dive

  • Rental gear (if needed)

  • Gratuities

  • Optional Apo Island Dive Day Excursion: $115 per person

Trip Notes

  • All participants are required to have supplemental dive insurance. We highly recommend D.A.N.

  • Trip insurance is highly recommended. You can purchase this via D.A.N. or Dive Assure

  • All participants are required to have at least 6 months of Passport validity

The Beautiful Philippines

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