Frequently Asked Questions
In the unlikely event of a a safari cancellation, neither Easy Diving nor Savedra Dive Center is liable for full or partial trip cancellation due to bad weather, technical issues, not enough participants, force majeure or unforeseen events. The organising parties of Easy Diving and Savedra Dive Center will leave no stone unturned to arrange an alternative safari/program during your time of stay. These unlikely cancellations are not subject to an automatic refund.
Minimum down payment of 20% within 10 days of reservation. Full payment latest 30 days before the trip.
With a rubber dinghy with an outboard engine.
There is SMART and GLOBE 3G Cell phone signal in Cagayan.
Those are simple yet charming rooms without aircon with their own terrace. Power supply is only until 11pm. You do have the possibility to charge your gadgets on board.
Maximum 25 kg per person. There is the possibility to rent equipment on site.
The day begins with a hearty breakfast consisting of bacon and eggs, Cereals, pancakes and such as well as Asian style, like tocinos with rice and eggs. Lunch is a simple yet tasty Asian or European dish. A mouth watering diner is served after the night dive. Since Cagayan is quite a bit remote, the food is kept relatively simple yet varied, freshly prepared and seasonal. Our cook is doing his choice at the market personally to give you the best possible experience.
passengers (4). In this case you get a full refund of your payment or we offer viable other options for the time of your trip. However, we shall not be liable for failure to carry out any contracted arrangements which are caused by acts of God, labor disputes or conditions, weather or otherwise, beyond our control (Force Majeure).
10 to 12 divers can be accommodated on a dive safari. However, only 8 divers can sleep in bunks on board if they wish to, the others have to sleep in a beach resort.
We need a minimum of 4 divers to commence a dive safari.
Up to 60 days before departure: full refund (excluding bank charges)
59-31 days prior to departure, 20% is forfeited.
If within 30-14 days, 50% is forfeited.
If 14 days before departure, no refund is available
Cancellations must be in writing
Payments and Deposits:
20% deposit within 10 days of reservation.
Full balance is due 30 days before the trip
Payments can only be made by bank transfer.
Credit card payment for dive safaris is not an option. Bank transfer or Paypal is the only way to pay for a dive safari at this point of time. You can transfer money to our Philippine or German accounts.
750 Pesos per day.
Travel insurance is highly recommended.
A Zodiac will bring you to the beach and pick you up in the morning if you stay in beach resort.
We book a room in a resort near the anchor point of the safari ship. Accommodation is simple, with at private bath room and air-conditioning, when available.
Think of camping on an outrigger dive boat in the tropics. There are 4 bunks on board below the main deck. Each bunk is good for 2 divers, so a maximum of 8 divers can sleep on board. The whole bottom of the bunk is covered by one big mattress. There are some small shelves and nets for personal belongings. There are some small windows for fresh air. Another option is to take a mattress out on the webbing between the outriggers. You can sleep under the sparkling stars, if weather permits. There is only one bathroom on board the ship.
You have the choice of 2 options when you book the dive safari: Sleeping on board or stay in a room at a beach resort nearby the dive spot.
On waking, coffee, tea, cookies and biscuits are served before the early morning dive.
After the early morning dive, breakfast like bacon and eggs, pan cakes, muesli or Filipino breakfast is served. After the morning dive, lunch in form of a plated dish is served (Western or Filipino dishes). After the afternoon dive, snacks like sandwiches or a fruit platter is available. After night dive, a plated dinner is ready for your consumption. There is no buffet; meals are served on individual plates.
Here is an overview about the weather in our region: In summer time (dry season: January – May), the sea is usually calm with very good visibility. Rainy Season starts in June and is actually very nice, too. Bright sunshine in the morning and a short but strong and refreshing downpour in the afternoon or night. Usually good visibility. September till December is Typhoon Season, where we have sometimes overclouded and rain for a couple of days in a row. We are not much affected by typhoons passing through the Philippines. These typhoons follow a regular path, which leads over the islands of Samar to Luzon (Manila) further on to China, Hong Kong or Japan. Cebu is outside this typhoon belt but sometimes affected by overcast and some rain. Visibility varies from 10-30 meters, water temperature is 27-29C.
These dive safaris are a joint venture of Easy Diving and Savedra Dive Center, managed by Easy Diving. On every dive safari the ship passes by Oslob since it is on the way. Savedra’s policy is to discourage every diver from diving with the whale sharks. However, Easy Diving allows every diver to make his own informed decision, after a thorough briefing, if he or she likes to dive with the whale sharks or not. The local fee to dive with whale sharks, 1,500 Pesos per dive at this point in time (Oct 2013), is not included in the price.
Nitrox is not available on board the ship.
You can do usually 3-4 dives in a day, including night dives. However, some dive spots don’t allow night dives and sometimes weather conditions and travel distance limit the maximum number of dives.
Night diving is offered at most of the dive spots.
Sanctuary fees vary from sanctuary to sanctuary and are often changed. Also, some sanctuaries charge more for divers with photo or video cameras. For the total safari, estimate about 3.000 Pesos for sanctuary fees.
Every diver must have in his possession his personal dive computer and surface marker buoy. If you don’t have one you might rent or purchase one at our dive centers.
- Diving incl. dive master service, tank, weight and weight belt.
- Accommodation on board or in a beach resort.
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Additionally, other refreshments, snacks and fruits are served.
- Drinks such as mineral water and soft drinks are free of charge on the ship.
Our in-house travel desk can arrange domestic flights for you.
Our in-house travel desk can arrange all accommodation before and after safari in a variety of beach resorts.
Our in-house travel desk can arrange all transfers for you.
The most convenient way to get to Sipalay is to let us arrange your transfers. We provide reliable aircon cars. If you are up to some adventure, you can hire a taxi in Bacolod / Dumaguete or take the local bus.
The most convenient way to get to Moalboal is to let us arrange your transfers. We provide reliable aircon cars. If you are up to some adventure, you can hire a taxi in Cebu City or at the airport or take the local bus.
Usually we have the safari leader, frequently a European dive instructor, and a Filipino local dive master on board who are joining every dive. If you feel that you need a personal dive guide we will arrange one for you for an additional fee.
A check-dive before the dive safari commences is mandatory and included in the price.
An Advanced Open Water Certification is highly recommended. However, experienced Open Water divers can join, too. Inexperienced divers may be excluded from some of the more demanding dive spots (e.g. Sunken Island). Advanced Dive Courses can be conducted prior to the dive safari at our dive centers. You need a minimum of 2 days to get Advanced Open Water certified.
The dive safari usually ends in the late afternoon, between 4PM and 7PM, depending on weather conditions.
The dive safari starts at 6:30 AM.
The Visayas dive safari is a shuttle safari connecting two destinations: Moalboal in Cebu and Sipalay in Negros. The safari starts either in Moalboal and ends in Sipalay, or vice versa. View the schedules