If you have an interest in coral reefs and their ecology, you probably have heard about the "Coral Triangle". This area of the Indo-Pacific is home to the greatest biodiversity of fish, coral and other marine life on the entire planet, and the Philippines comprise the upper vertex of the triangle.
An archipelago of 7,107 islands, the Philippines are a beautiful, gay-friendly destination and a remarkable value. We have chosen two outstanding locations to introduce you to this coral paradise, the land-based resort of Atlantis Puerto Galera and our optional New Year's liveaboard excursion to the reefs and wrecks of Coron.
Explore the waters of the Philippines with 16 other gay and lesbian divers and our friends at Atlantis Puerto Galera Resort, a PADI Five Star CDC facility and one of Asia's top dive resorts. Atlantis Puerto Galera offers easy access to interesting macro diving as well as fantastic wide-angle reefs with great visibility, like exciting Verde Island. With up to five boat dives scheduled each day, you'll quickly get your fill of nitrogen, so bring a dive computer or rent one there. This is a great place to get advanced or Nitrox training. Air-conditioned accommodations and breakfast, lunch and dinner daily are included.
Divers who would like to explore more of the Philippines are invited to join us for liveaboard diving in Apo Island and Coron, December 26, 2020 - January 2, 2021.
Come experience diving the magic of diving in the Coral Triangle with a friendly and fun mixed group of LGBT divers and a few straight friends and family..
It's easy to find a dive buddy on our private dive boats, and dive groups are small. We are happy to match you with a roommate if you travel solo, or ask us about single supplements if you prefer your own room.
Our Package Includes:
- Seven nights in a deluxe room at Atlantis Resort Puerto Galera (double occupancy)
- Daytime transfer from Manila aiport to Puerto Galera and return
- Unlimited scheduled local boat dives at 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm (and night dives available every day)
- Nitrox for those divers certified to use it
- Day trip to Verde Island ($70 value)
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily; including special Christmas Eve dinner
- Complimentary coffee (6 am - 6 pm), tea and filtered water
- Complimentary (slow) internet access
International airfare to Manila, airport departure taxes (currently PhP 750, about $19, for international departures), rental equipment, other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tourist tax of PhP 110 (approx. US $2.50), tips and items of a personal nature.
Fly directly to Manila (MNL), arriving on the evening of December 18 or very early on the morning of December 19. We are happy to suggest a hotel near the airport or in Manila if needed. We will transfer as a group to the resort at 9 am on December 19. Private transfers are available for other arrival dates.
It's about a three-hour ride from the airport to Atlantis Puerto Galera by minivan and boat.
If you are joining our Coron liveaboard expedition, you'll depart directly from Puerto Galera on the morning of December 26 for Apo Island, then on to Coron!
Guests coming for the resort only can schedule a flight to depart after 3 pm on December 26. Shorter and longer resort stays are available - just ask!
There are non-stop flights from the U.S. and Europe to Manila on Philippines Airlines and connecting service on many other airlines from North America and around the world.
E-mail us to ask about extending your stay at the resort or about add-ons.
Coron Liveaboard Expedition:
Divers who would like to explore more of the Philippines are invited to join us for liveaboard diving to Apo Island and Coron, December 26, 2020 - January 2, 2021.
A $500 deposit is due upon booking. Balance due 90 days prior to departure.
Non-diver: deduct $100.
How to reserve your space:
We'll place a space on 10-day courtesy hold for you and send you a confirmation e-mail.
Complete and return the trip application and waiver electronically, followed by your deposit by electronic billpay, check or credit card.
Finally, make your airline reservations to Manila and forward your itinerary to us. We will arrange your transfers between the airport and Puerto Galera for you.