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#1 JayKav

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:00 AM

My girlfriend and I are considering a 2+ week trip to the Philippines this Sept/Oct. Will be the 1st time for both of us. Was thinking Anilao and then a more Pelagic friendly destination.

Few questions for people in the know:

1) Is it OK to go and dive this time of the year? It seems that this will be during the monsoon season... Is it miserably wet? Is vis affected too much?

2) Can anyone recommend any good resorts? Seems like Club Ocellaris is the place to be in Anilao...

3) What Pelagic site would be best this time of year? Malapascua looks good... September was mentioned as "Manta Month" in 1 article I read.

Thanks for any help!
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#2 troporobo

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:13 AM

The diving here can be good at that time. But that is also just about the highest-risk time for typhoons. If you want only macro and muck diving it should be OK in Anilao (which is more protected than many sites) if you luck out with the weather. There are dozens of good resorts. I like Acacia and Dive Solana for the ambience, but there are lots of others. Pelagic sites like Malapascua and Tubbataha are less certain. FWIW I dive year round here and usually find things worth doing.

#3 JayKav

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:38 AM

I grew up in Florida, so I have an understanding of the risk involved in going to a place during Typhoon/Hurricane season. I wonder if I might be better off trying to do PNG or maybe go to Tonga for the Humpbacks....?

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:07 AM

Hey, I'm in the same boat in that I will be heading to the Philippines this fall for work and plan to stick around for a week or two to enjoy myself. I'm tagging along with your thread.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 09:12 AM

October will be better than September as the monsoons will be dying down. Anilao has sheltered sites that are diveable even in the most miserable conditions. We were in Dive Solana 3 weeks ago and while waves were crashing into the beach, the boats were able to beach themselves to load gear and we were able to dive quite a few of the sites, but we were limited to the southern sites as they were more protected. For pelagics, you could try Malapascua for Threshers, there's Oslob but nothing else there except for the whale sharks, diving in Moalboal was just so so. Tubbataha is closed for the season. Not sure if there'll be whalesharks yet at Sogod Bay.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 10:45 AM

I went diving there during the first few weeks in October. I have a few places I have used in Dumaguete, Puerto Galaera and Cebu that I can recommend. We had a few showers but we still dove every day. If you are interested let me know.

#7 JayKav

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:54 PM

Thanks Wolf Eel. That would be greatly appreciated! Also, may hit u up on some recommendation in the Miami area, since I'm moving there at the end of the year!

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:24 PM

A quick update to this thread: although conventional wisdom is that October is risky here, this year it was spectacular. We had the best visibility in years, starting from mid-October onward. Anilao was averaging about 25m (compared to a normal 10m or less at that time of year), and friends in Bohol estimated 35m vis. You never know . . .

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:59 PM

Would the best time generally be somewhere around Feb-Apr?

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:58 PM

In my experience, between November and May is generally OK, and February-April the most consistently good. The water is colder between in the first quarter of the year, but maybe 25C / 76F doesn't bother you (I find it just fine)





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