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Immerse yourself in the unrivaled beauty of the Visayas liveaboard diving, a pristine archipelago located in the central part of the Philippines. This region is a haven for divers, offering a unique liveaboard diving experience that beckons with its clear, turquoise waters, abundant marine life, and majestic underwater landscapes.

Your adventure on a liveaboard will unveil the wonders beneath the waves, revealing a world of vibrant coral gardens, mysterious wrecks, and schools of whimsical fish dancing in the gentle currents. The Visayas region has a rich history, with each island telling tales of the ancient civilizations that once thrived here. The blend of cultural heritage and natural beauty creates a unique backdrop to your underwater exploration.

Om Visayas Liveaboard

From the elusive thresher sharks of Malapascua to the mesmerizing sardine runs of Moalboal, the Visayas promises an unforgettable diving adventure amidst the heart of the Philippines’ marine biodiversity.

The Visayas region in the Philippines is a diver's paradise, offering a range of unique diving experiences across its various sites. Best experienced with a Visayas liveaboard, here's a closer look at some of the prime diving destinations in this region:

Malapascua: Known for its thresher shark encounters, Malapascua Island is a jewel in the Visayas diving crown. Apart from thresher sharks, divers also frequently spot manta rays, hammerhead sharks, and a rich variety of smaller marine creatures. The dive sites here cater to all levels of divers, with Monad Shoal being the most famous for shark sightings.

Pescadorön (Moalboal): A marine park located near Moalboal, Pescador Island is celebrated for its vibrant coral walls and abundant marine life. The Cathedral, a cavern dive site, is one of the highlights here. The island is also home to schools of sardines, frogfish, and occasionally, whitetip sharks.

Sumilon Island: Known for its crystal clear waters, Sumilon Island offers stunning coral landscapes and a variety of marine life including reef sharks, rays, and a multitude of fish species. The island also has a marine sanctuary which has greatly helped in preserving the local marine ecosystem.

Moalboal: Bortom ön Pescador är själva Moalboal ett dykcentrum i Filippinerna known for its sardine runs. The sight of millions of sardines swirling together in unison is a spectacle not to be missed. There are also numerous dive sites here suitable for all levels of divers, featuring beautiful coral gardens and diverse marine life.

Apo Island (Negros): Leading the diving scene in Negros, Apo Island is a protected marine sanctuary. It's a haven for divers, boasting healthy coral reefs teeming with colorful marine life. Popular dive sites include Coconut Point and Chapel Point, each offering unique underwater landscapes and a variety of marine species.

Bohol: The waters around Bohol are a playground for divers. Sites like Alona Beach and Panglao Island offer a mixture of wall, drift, and macro diving. The area is rich in coral gardens, small caves, and overhangs, housing a diverse range of marine life from nudibranchs to reef sharks.

Balicasag Island: A small island off the coast of Bohol, Balicasag is famed for its wall dives. The island’s steep walls are adorned with beautiful corals and are home to a variety of marine species including turtles, barracudas, and jacks. Diver's Heaven and Black Forest are among the popular dive sites here.

När ska man åka till Visayas?

The best time to visit the Visayas region in the Philippines for diving would be outside the typhoon season and the rainiest months, which occur from late November through February.

Under denna period, särskilt från december till februari, upplever östra Visayas inklusive Cebu, Bohol och Leyte ett vått klimat på grund av Amihan-säsongen (nordöstra monsunen) med kraftiga regn, vilket särskilt påverkar dykplatser i södra Leyte. Tyfoner är också vanliga från november till januari, särskilt i Leyte och norra delen av Cebu.

The waters can get rough during either the northeast or southwest monsoon (Habagat) as winds stir up the waves, potentially affecting the diving conditions. However, it's mentioned that dive trips are still recommended year-round as dive operators are knowledgeable about the seasonal variations and can guide divers to sheltered areas offering great diving experiences despite the prevailing weather conditions.

För en mer förutsägbar och trevlig dykupplevelse kan det vara idealiskt att planera ditt besök mellan mars och början av november. Specifikt flyttar vissa liveaboards sin verksamhet till Tubbataha från mars till juni och utnyttjar den kortare dyksäsongen där, vilket också indikerar att denna period är gynnsam för dykning i Visayas-regionen.

Tips för resenärer

Resplaner för Liveaboard kan ändras beroende på väderförhållanden och andra oförutsedda omständigheter. Var flexibel och öppen för justeringar för att säkerställa en trevlig resa.

Ha några filippinska pesos (PHP) till hands för tillfälliga utgifter, tips eller små inköp vid lokala hållplatser. Medan större städer har bankomater kan de vara knappa eller otillgängliga i avlägsna områden.

Köp rese- och dykförsäkring innan din resa. Visayas Filippinerna är en avlägsen plats och vissa dykplatser kan vara ganska långt borta från närmaste vårdinrättningar.

De flesta liveaboards i Visayas kräver minimal erfarenhet som Open Water. Kontrollera den minsta dykupplevelsen eftersom vissa dykplatser kräver avancerad certifiering eller ett visst antal loggade dyk för att kunna njuta av.

Hur tar man sig dit och avgångshamnar?

Cebu City and Malapascua are two common liveaboard departure locations for Visayas liveaboards. Cebu City is a booming metropolis and the regional capital of the Visayas, with a port that sends ferries, cargo ships, and liveaboards out in every direction. Getting to Cebu City is easy with a 1.5-hour flight from Manila or direct flights from select Southeast Asian countries nearby. International flights can get to Cebu City via a transfer in Asia. Conversely, Malapascua has no airport, but it can be reached by taxi, van, or bus (and small boat). From Cebu City, getting to Malapascua requires a five-hour bus journey; taxis take about half that time.

In addition to Cebu City and Malapascua, the Visayas region offers other departure points like Moalboal (in Cebu) and Dumaguete (in Negros) for some Philippines liveaboards due to the variety of destinations and itineraries. Moalboal can be reached by bus from Cebu City or by bus and a short ferry from Dumaguete. On the other hand, Dumaguete has its own airport with daily flights from Manila, making it a convenient point of entry. International travelers can also reach Dumaguete through connecting flights, typically with a layover in Manila or Cebu City. Upon arrival in Dumaguete, travelers can easily find transportation to the port where liveaboards are anchored, ready to embark on the underwater adventure.

Viktiga resetips för Liveaboard-äventyr

  1. Avgifter för marina parker: Var medveten om avgifter per person, per dag för marina parker. Vissa liveaboard-paket inkluderar dessa avgifter, medan andra kräver ombordbetalning. Betalningsalternativ inkluderar Visa, Mastercard, kontanter eller resecheckar.
  2. Passets giltighet: Se till att ditt pass är giltigt i minst 6 månader efter ditt planerade inresedatum. De flesta länder kräver detta, tillsammans med en returbiljett. Kontrollera visumkraven i förväg.
  3. Hälsoförberedelser: Rådgör med din läkare 8 veckor före din resa för vaccinationer eller förebyggande åtgärder som rekommenderas för din destination.

Obs: Vänligen läs de specifika villkoren för din valda liveaboard för ytterligare marina parkavgifter eller resekrav.

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