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Dive Trips 2020-02-10T13:28:13+00:00

Daily Dive Trips

Boat or shore, diving with a Pro

Catan Divers provides daily dive trips to the best sites around the island. Each trip comprises of two dives and is all inclusive. No hidden costs or extras. Whether you just want one day of diving or several we can cater for your needs.

Discover local diving under the direct supervision of a certified teaching status PADI Proffessional. Our PADI Pro will ensure your diving trips maximise your safe enjoyment of the islands underwater world.

Most dive trips are off-shore reef diving, reached by boat from a nearby beach. Shore diving can be done from Twin Rock, dependent on your certification and experience level.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Some common and frequently asked

This will all depend on your certification level. For all DSD dives in the open water the maximum depth is 12 meters.

For certified divers, PADI Open Water Diver is 18 meters, PADI Advanced Open Water is 30 metres and if you hold the PADI Deep
Diver Specialty qualification then 40 meters.

Other certification agencies depths will be applied to the PADI system.

Depths are strictly followed and we do not go beyond them.

Year around the water temperature is 28 – 29 degrees centigrade (82.4 – 84.2 fahrenheit) and its perfectly comfortable to dive in shorts and rash vest.

The water temperature rarely drops below this, occasionally going to 27 degrees centigrade, even at depth.

There is no restriction on diving after a flight, so you could dive after landing at Virac airport in the morning.

No diving should be done 24 hours before your flight.

For example if you are flying on Friday morning at 6.30 am, then the last dive should before 6.30 am on Thursday morning. In effect Wednesday would be the last day for diving.

Payment can be made in cash only, local currency of Philippines Peso.

Full payment must be made at least 24 hours before any dive trip. Reservations can be made any time in advance but will not be confirmed until payment is made. If payment is not made 24 hours before the dive trip then your reservation will be cancelled to allow reallocation of your spot.

For all dive courses the payment requirements are the same, with the exception for course materials such as online learning and our Flexi dive courses. Please ask us for more details on this.

Timings will vary according to the tide times. This is especially relevant for boat trips as we try to begin the trip before high tide. As much as possible we prefer to dive in the morning but no dive trips will start after 1200 pm. You will be advised of the times of the trip at the time of booking.

Courses and pool based scuba diving activities can be scheduled for anytime, however during peak periods the pool may be in heavy use by resort guests so we make use of alternatives. Flexibility is applied in these situations.

Full payment must be made at least 24 hours before any dive trip. Reservations can be made any time in advance but will not be confirmed until payment is made. If payment is not made 24 hours before the dive trip then your reservation will be cancelled to allow reallocation of your spot.

We use local Banka style boats, owned and operated by the local fishermen whom we have trained in diving activities.

By employing them it gives them a better source of income and helps them to improve their quality of life. We believe that tourism should benefit as many as possible, so by employing them direct more money goes into the local economy. Using local style boats also adds to your
diving experience

We also employ them as their knowledge of the seas is outstanding; they know the best places to dive to see fish…and if they
are not fishing then that’s more marine life for divers to see. A win win situation for all.

All dive equipment, refreshments and food is included so you don’t need to bring much on the boat. Obviously a camera for photographing the majestic scenery, perhaps a personal music player, sunglasses, sun cream and a hat. And of course swim wear.

We also recommend bringing some small money as a ‘tip’ for the boat crew doing a wonderful job, if you think they have. They will love you for it!

We also advise you to bring a towel and some dry clothing to change into after the dive trip. These will be left in the transport vehicle, ready for you to get changed into before transferring back to the resort.

No. Most of the sites have very little current because we plan the dives to go at the optimum time. You will have an experienced dive guide who will make things as easy as possible.

100% NO.

We do not allow any spear or other types of fishing during any of our dive activities. No exception.

We advocate a policy of passive interaction with all marine life.

We take only pictures and memories and leave only bubbles.

Simple answer is no, we do not refill third party tanks. We fill our tanks only.

There are numerous reasons why we don’t fill others tanks, all relating to safety and legal liability issues.

Simple answer is no, under no circumstances.

Due to bad films (Jaws, Meg etc) bad publicity and popular myth, sharks have an undeserved reputation. The sad truth is that humans are far more dangerous to sharks. Humans are responsible for killing well over 100 million sharks a year; a conservative estimate. Thats 0ver 190 a minute. Many sharks are now on the endangered list and facing extinction.

Sharks in comparison are responsible for less human deaths that falling coconuts. And contrary to popular belief, sharks don’t hunt humans. It is invariably mistake identity when they bite; sharks do not eat humans, they don’t even like the taste of our blood.

If you want to find out more, please visit our friends at Shark Guardian who do a wonderful job of education to help save the sharks

https://www.sharkguardian.org

Shore and Boat Diving

Daily dive trips, single or multiple days

Shore Diving

Php 3500/person
  • 2 Shore entry dives at Twin Rock
  • Full set of Rental Equipment
  • Tanks & Weights
  • Direct supervision of PADI Dive Instructor

Boat Diving

Php 5200/person
  • 2 Dives at 2 different dive sites
  • Transfers to the boat departure point from Twin Rock (20-30 minutes transfer time)
  • Diving Boat with trained 2 man crew
  • Full set of rental dive equipment
  • Tanks and weights for 2 Dives
  • Snacks, tea/coffee and water
  • Surface Interval lunch/brunch served on board together with soft drink
  • Direct supervision of PADI Dive Instructor

Boat Diving Packages

Php 4900/person
  • Discounted day dive trips for 2 or more divers
  • Payment and bookings made for 2 or more days.
  • Package deals all inclusive, as per boat diving
  • Direct supervision of PADI Dive Instructor

SHORE DIVES

Open to anyone aged 10 years and above

Minimum Certified PADI Advanced Water Diver or Equivalent with 20 logged dives

Possession of C-Card and/or log book

Shore Entry Dives – Can involve some walking/swimming to and from reef entry/exit points

Dive times varies according to tide states

Can be some current and surge (minimal when dived at best dive times)

Visibility variable 10 metres – 40 metres+

Maximum dive depth – Dependent on certification level

Max Dive time = 1 hour (inclusive of safety stop)

Surface Interval = Minimum 1 hour 30 Minutes

Pre dive briefing equipment check and entry – 30 mins per dive

Two Dives @ max 1 hour each dive

Surface Interval 1.5 hours

Time for Post dive(s) log book completion – 30 mins max

Please note that the commencement of each dive will vary dependent on the tides. This is due to the geological attributes of the bay, tidal flow and dive sites.

During tide movement from high to low tide, there is a strong current, akin to a rip tide that will pull unsuspecting divers/swimmers out beyond the reefs and make re-entering the bay extremely arduous.

Dives are timed to avoid this period, making it accessible to all levels of diver. HOWEVER. These dives are designated for Advanced Open Water Certification with a minimum of 20 logged dives, for safety and caution reasons. We do not make exceptions to this safety rule.

BOAT DIVES

Open to anyone aged 10 years and above

Minimum Certified PADI Open Water Diver or Equivalent

Possession of C-Card and/or log book

Boat Entry Diving – Boat drops off at the dive site and follows for collection

Dive trip departures vary dependent on tide

Nearly all dive sites are rated easy to moderate for current. Only one dive site is graded advanced

Visibility variable 10 metres – 40 metres+

Transfer to and from Twin Rock, 30 mins max each way

Transfer to and from offshore dive sites (2 different sites)

Two Dives @ max 1 hour each dive

Surface Interval including lunch/brunch 1.5 hours

Please note that the commencement of each days dive trip will vary dependent on the tides. You will be advised of the departure times at the time of booking.

But all dive trips start before 10am at the latest

DIVE PACKAGES

Open to anyone aged 10 years and above

Minimum Certified PADI Open Water Diver or Equivalent

Possession of C-Card and/or log book

Boat Entry Diving – Boat drops off at the dive site and follows for collection

Dive trip departures vary dependent on tide

Nearly all dive sites are rated easy to moderate for current. Only one dive site is graded advanced

Visibility variable 10 metres – 40 metres+

Maximum dive depth – Dependent on certification level. Dive sites selected for cert level

Max Dive time = 1 hour (inclusive of safety stop)

Surface Interval = Minimum 1 hour 30 Minutes

Transfer to and from Twin Rock, 30 mins max each way
Transfer to and from offshore dive sites
Two Dives @ max 1 hour each dive
Surface Interval including lunch/brunch 1.5 hours

Please note that the commencement of each days dive trip will vary dependent on the tides. You will be advised of the departure times at the time of booking.

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