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Visayas Islands Snorkeling Tour, Philippines

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 10 - 18 people
Destination(s): Philippines  
Specialty Categories: Snorkeling   Island Vacation  
Season: February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 6590 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6590 US Dollar (USD)

The marine habitats around the Philippine Islands possess some of the world’s richest diversity of flora and fauna. The islands are surrounded by five major bodies of water and are fringed by over 25,000 km2 of coral reef. The archipelago defines the entire northern portion of the famed Coral Triangle, an area known for its high levels of marine biodiversity. Our tour takes us to the Visayan islands of Leyte as well as some smaller nearby islands with pristine snorkeling habitats.

Sogod Bay, located at the southern tip of Leyte, is a premier destination for marine enthusiasts. The bay contains a variety of marine habitats with vibrant diverse reefs that provide snorkelers with endless hours of exploration. Between the months of December – April, dozens of whale sharks can be found in the clear, blue waters!
While the island of Bohol has several world-class attractions like Chocolate Hills and the Tarsier Sanctuary, it is the small islands around Bohol that command the attention of the snorkeler. Cabilao, Balicasag, and Pamilacan Islands offer amazing snorkeling opportunities that include visits to sea grass beds, clear-water mangroves, sloping coral gardens, and reef flats that lead to sheer vertical drop-offs! For this special departure we will use the world-class liveaboard, the S/Y Philippine Siren. By combining the convenience of a liveaboard with the charm and beauty of the Philippines, we believe this will be one of the best snorkeling adventures ever

While Sea for Yourself programs feature snorkeling as the top priority, this particular occasion also provides certified SCUBA divers with excellent diving opportunities. The ship offers a complete complement of tanks, weights, rental gear, and divemaster services. After our daily snorkeling activities, evenings will be spent enjoying leisurely dinners, marine biology lectures and interpretive sessions.

Day 1.

Our program begins in the late afternoon when we join our fellow participants in Manila for a expedition orientation at the Dusit Thani followed by a welcome dinner. D

Day 2.

Fly to Cebu and transfer to the Philippine Siren. Our first stop is at the nearby island of Olongo. The rich reefs that surround this island offer us the chance to see numerous species of fish and corals, and spend time in sea grass habitats. If time permits, we will visit the bird sanctuary on the island and have the chance to see hundreds of species of both resident and migrant birds. B, L, D

Days 3-7.

Sogod Bay in southern Leyte is a deep-water bay that possesses some of the healthiest and diverse reefs in the Philippines. It has nearly a dozen marine sanctuaries, some which have been actively managed for over a decade, and a favorite stop-off for whale sharks as they migrate through the archipelago. To date, over one hundred individuals have been catalogued as frequent visitors to the area. We will spend several days visiting snorkel sites like Napantao, Santa Sofia, Limasawa Is., and Tankaan. Of course, we will also dedicate some time to look for the whale sharks for the incredible opportunity to swim with these gentle giants! B,L,D

Day 8.

The municipality of Anda and Guindalman Bay are located along the southeastern tip of Bohol. The rugged, limestone cliffs that create the coastline make for a spectacular backdrop to the rich reefs that grow right up to the edge of the cliffs. Coral coverage, consisting of both soft and hard corals, is nearly 100% and remains well-protected as these sites are part of the network of local marine sanctuaries. Our day will be spent drifting over the dazzling assemblage of colors and shapes.

Throughout the program, our leisurely dinners will be accompanied by lectures or interpretive sessions led by your Sea for Yourself and Coral Triangle Adventures staff.

Days 9-11.

Our next three days of snorkeling will be at sites around the islands of Cabilao, Balicasag, and Pamilacan Islands. Each island offers amazing the chance to explore a diversity of habitats including sea grass beds, sloping coral gardens, and reef flats leading to sheer vertical drop-offs! We will spend our days exploring all of these amazing habitats as well as visit the Tarsier Sanctuary where we can view the smallest primate in the world in its natural habitat. B,L,D

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

About This Supplier
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2000

M08317 is the only tour operator specialized in educational snorkeling programs. Snorkeling is a safe, easy, and enjoyable activity for participants of all ages and skill levels from young people to grandparents and is ideal for families. While we have many programs ready-to-go, we can also design and organize...

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