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The Visayas is the Philippines’ central region of tropical islands, and is renowned for its beautiful beaches, relaxed lifestyle and stunning dive sites, many only minutes from the shore.

Cebu City is the region’s international gateway and provides for all connections to the most exciting dive spots including the main islands of Negros (Dumaguete/Dauin), Cebu (Moalboal/Malapascua) and Bohol (Alona Beach/Anda). This region can also be enjoyed by liveaboard throughout the year.

Underwater highlights include easy access to colourful reefs teeming with life, the sardine baitball off Pescador Island, thresher shark encounters at Malapascua, wall diving off Cabilao and the diversity of marine life at Apo Island.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, pelagic thresher shark, giant frogfish, black-tip reef shark, banded sea krait

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Big Fish Tour

For those who like their marine life BIG! This exciting and comprehensive dive itinerary includes encounters with whale sharks, manta rays and thresher sharks in three locations across the Philippines.

  • When to go: Nov-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,165 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Island Hopping Dive Safari

Choose from five exceptional diving locations in the Visayas region of the Philippines. Enjoy stress free diving adventures as you island hop between them, exploring everything from macro life to pelagics.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,145 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Visayas Liveaboard

These liveaboard trips operate throughout the year to the Visayas, one of the best diving locations in the Philippines. Highlights include outstanding macro life in Dauin and Malapascua's thresher sharks.

  • When to go: Jun-Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,395 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Discover the Visayas

This popular itinerary offers divers the chance of thresher shark encounters in Malapascua, a unique dive with a resident sardine baitball in Moalboal and plenty of time to discover the islands of the Visayas region.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,045 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Dive Into Luxury Philippines

Experience world-class diving at a beautifully calm pace with this superb trip idea, which combines two of the Philippines’ hidden gems for a diving holiday brimming with indulgence and laid back luxury.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec, Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Sharks & Reefs

This two week itinerary is perfect for divers seeking thresher shark encounters in the clear blue waters at Monad Shoal, and the pristine reefs surrounding Panglao and Balicasag islands.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,145 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Evolution Resort

This small resort, owned and operated by dive instructors, offers a comprehensive range of PADI courses and boat dives to local sites around Malapascua, encountering thresher sharks, wrecks, macro life and plenty of reefs.

Magic Island Resort

Located on the southern tip of Moalboal, this intimate dive resort with just ten cottages offers a relaxed way of life and some magical dive sites to discover. A twin centre is available with Magic Oceans Resort.

Turtle Bay Dive Resort

Overlooking Moalboal Bay with spectacular views of the mountains of Cebu and the neighbouring island of Negros, this small resort comprises 27 rooms, all set amongst tropical landscaped gardens.

Atlantis Beach Resort, Dumaguete

Located near Dumaguete, Atlantis is a boutique resort set in lush tropical gardens packed with indigenous plants. Excursions include dive trips to Apo Island, snorkelling, kayaking, plus whale and dolphin watching at Bais.

Kasai Village Beach Resort

Located near the fishing village of Moalboal, this small resort is suited to divers and also nature lovers. It has on-site dive centre and there are a variety of excursions on offer to visit the surrounding jungle.

Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort

Located on Malapascua Island, this small modern property on Bounty Beach is an ideal place to base yourself for a few days whilst you head out to Monad Shoal in search of thresher sharks.

Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort

This spacious beachfront resort is located in Dauin, just south of Dumaguete, on Negros Island. It was built for divers and offers 28 rooms and bungalows, with an on-site dive centre offering daily boat dives to Apo Island.

Tepanee Beach Resort

With its own private beach and prime location on Malapascua, this small, friendly property provides all you need for a tropical island getaway in the Philippines, together with world-class diving at nearby Monad Shoal.

Suggested liveaboards are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

S/Y Philippine Siren

A traditional 40 metre long phinisi, this is one of the most spacious vessels in the Siren Fleet. A variety of itineraries are available throughout the Philippines, depending on the season.

Atlantis Azores

This luxurious liveaboard offers a number of seven and ten night trips throughout the year in different areas of the Philippines, including Malapascua, Tubbataha Reef and the Visayas. A great option for groups.