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 liveaboard excursion to the reefs of Tubbataha.
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, it's easy to 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 are included.
Divers who would like to explore more of the Philippines are invited to join us for liveaboard diving in Tubbataha April 12-18, 2015.
Come experience diving the magic of diving in the Coral Triangle with a friendly and fun group of gay divers. 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. It's easy to find a dive buddy on our private dive boat.
Our Package Includes:
- Five nights in a deluxe room at Atlantis Resort Puerto Galera (double occupancy)
- Unlimited scheduled local boat dives at 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm (and night dives available every day)
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
- Complimentary coffee (6 am - 6 pm), tea and filtered water
- Welcome mixer with the other gay divers
- Complimentary (slow) internet access
International airfare to Manila, transfer from Manila to Puerto Galera ($100 per person with the group), airport departure taxes (currently PhP 750, about $19, for international departures), rental equipment, other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, Nitrox if desired, optional day trips to Verde Island for those divers who are qualified ($70), tourist tax of PhP 110 (approx. US $2.50), tips and items of a personal nature.
Fly directly to Manila (MNL), arriving very early on the morning of April 7 or on the evening of April 6. We are happy to suggest a hotel near the airport if needed. We will transfer as a group to the resort at 9 am on April 7. It's about a three-hour ride by minivan and boat.
If you are joining our Tubbataha liveaboard expedition we'll depart Atlantis Resort on the morning of April 12 for Manila and a mid-day flight to Puerto Princesa. If not, feel free to extend your stay to seven nights, departing April 15.
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.
Tubbataha Liveaboard Expedition:
Divers who would like to explore more of the Philippines are invited to join us for liveaboard diving to Tubbataha April 12-18, 2015.
A $500 deposit is due upon booking. Balance due 120 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 from the letter with your deposit by check or credit card.
Make your airline reservations to Manila and send us a copy. We will arrange your domestic flights and transfers within the Philippines for you.