Philippines Oct 1 – Oct 10, 2020

*Dates are subject to change a day or two*

Join Drew Gerling and the “Tootsie Pop Divers” are back at in action to the incredible Philippines!

Marco Vincent is a luxurious dive resort situated at White Beach, Puerto Galera. Enjoy the breath taking scenery of Mindoro, where the luscious green mountains and the turquoise sea merge. Feel the warmth and friendliness from the resort’s attentive staff. The goal is to make sure that you have a unique and enriching vacation in their pristine natural environment.

Marco Vincent is located in the center of the world’s coral triangle meaning that they have some spectacular dive sites just minutes away from the resort.  This trip also includes a special trip to Verde Island!
Puerto Galera has over forty dive sites, it has a great variation of scuba diving. You can enjoy exhilarating drift dives, explore ship wrecks, and colorful coral gardens. For fans of critter hunting, Puerto Galera has some of the finest muck diving in Asia!

Verde Islandghost pipefish

The Batangas – Verde Island Channel is a very special place. It is currently ranked number two in the entire world for bio-diversity of species. Of all the dive sites accessible from Puerto Galera, none is more special than the pinnacles located at the east end of Verde Island. There are two usual dive sites, known as the Right Side Wall, and the Left Side Wall. The amount of fish life to be seen is nearly ten times the amounts seen at other sites in the Channel area. This is due to hot volcanic water that is venting from the area below the pinnacles.
The Right Side Wall is a steep wall dive, filled with the healthiest and beautiful corals you can find.  Immense schools of Blue Trigger fish stay just above and away from the reef.

At certain times of the year Sardines are so abundant, that divers refer to it as Sardine Rain. When you look up or away from the amazing corals, walls of these fish can be seen. There are many species of nudibranch to be found, as well as other types of macro life. At deeper depths, huge sea fans can be found. The currents on the right side tend to shift back and forth depending on tides. This area is considered the easier dive of the two.

The dive safaris to Coron Bay and Apo Reef will open up some amazing adventures!  Coron has a fleet of sunken Japanese ship wrecks, the natural wonders of Cathedral cave, and Barracuda Lake will take your breath away

Apo Reef is our special place for big fish encounters and deep blue water diving, look out for sharks, rays and massive schools of jacks and barracuda at this UNESCO heritage site.

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Want to sign up?

Please fill out the Trip Sign Up Form and send it in with your $500 deposit.

Trip Pricing:

  • Double Occupancy Diver: $3225
  • Double Occupancy Non-Diver: $2725
  • Single Occupancy Diver: $3675

Trip Includes:

  • Round trip Airfare from LAX
  • 7 nights Super Deluxe Rooms at Marco Vincent Resort
  • Round trip airport transfers (only included if using group air from LAX!  Add $175 per person if not traveling with group)
  • Resort fees & taxes
  • All meals
  • 18 boat dives
  • Verde Island Trip
  • One hour massage
  • Marine sanctuary fees
  • Unlimited WiFi

Not Included:

  • Drinks (alcohol and soda)
  • Passport
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Incidentals/personnel items
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • NITROX – $150 unlimited

 

NOTE: $500 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by August 1, 2020. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.