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May 25 – June 7, 2019

 

Mahubay!

 

Welcome to The World Of Wonder Tour. This WOW Tour is for divers wishing to experience diving in the Philippines.

This WOW tour introduces you to some of the best the Philippines has to offer. There are many places in the Philippines to visit that are exceptional and we have chosen some of the best, easily accessible  for a two week tour.

Hello, my name is Larry Davis. I travel the world shooting underwater film and stills. I create documentaries. I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to travel the planet. With over 35 years of travel under my belt there is one thing I’ve come to realize, no matter where you go on this planet, there is always something beautiful to find, wonderful people to meet, good food to eat and sites to see. I love exploring, meeting and making friends yet most of all I love Diving, Filming, and Photography.

During my travels I have met many wonderful people in so many beautiful places. Of all the places visited, the Philippines have become one of my favorite to revisit, especially for its diversity for diving. Your diving experiences during this tour will lead you to the large Pelagic to macro species and all size species in between. The tour doesn’t just lead you to the water. There are land based opportunities for you to enjoy as as part of your package, all of which are totally optional to attend. I encourage you to take these side trips. The experiences and memories will live for a life time.

You are cordially invited to go on an adventure with me. You just need to show up and enjoy the adventures. I personally experienced everything that is offered in this trip. I did all the logistics so you may relax and experience the joys and  wonders the Philippines have to offer. If this is your first trip, you will have a good start in learning some of the best the Philippines has to offer. If this is a repeat trip, you may experience sights you’ve never experienced before. No matter which, the experience you gain from this tour will be a door opening introduction to some of the sights and sounds the Philippines has to offer.

Your first step is to commit to no less than 2 weeks. You are after all traveling half way around the world. From the states this one of the easiest regions to travel to yet it is still a distance for most. Your next commitment is the down payment to secure your spot for the 13 nights WOW tour.

Why Join This Trip?

 

Led by travel, dive and photography expert Larry Davis. Larry has personal experience and knowledge of all the places we plan to go and see

Fantastic itinerary covering the best dive sites around Moalboal, Dauin and Cabilao with opportunities to travel to Kawasan Falls, Oslob, APO island, and Bohol

Stunning and highly diverse diving: lush coral gardens, dramatic seamounts, sardine runs, whalesharks, schools of fish, sharks, muck diving, and much more


Side trips to
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✓ The majestic turquoise waters of Kawasan Falls

Oslob where you will snorkel or dive with the whalesharks

✓ Diving the renowned APO Island

✓ A scenic view of the hundreds of Hershey kiss shaped Chocolate Hills

✓ Scout for the worlds smallest primate,  known as Tarsiers

✓ River Cruise with Lunch

Butterfly farm

✓ Spend time at a local market

and more.

Your Tour begins May 25th 2019 in Cebu City where we turn our sights towards Moalboal

MOALBOAL

 

 


Moalboal, pronounced mo-ahl-bo-ahl you spend five nights, up to four and a half days diving, with an opportunity to visit Kawasan Falls
As a group, we will make the request to visit the small island of Pescador just a couple of miles due west of Moalboal. A small plateau that surrounds the island before it drops vertically into the abyss. The wall is literally teeming with life; frogfish, stonefish, barracuda and turtles are common, but the real draw is the sardine run and a chance of a thresher.

 

 

 

As part of your package, I have arrange an afternoon trip to the turquoise waters Of Kawasan Falls. I recommended this experience. You will head out after lunch. Kawasan Falls, just 45 minutes from Moalboal. Kawasan Falls is a three-layered waterfall system located at Barangay Matutinao. The first set of falls has a height of over 131 feet, while the second set has a wider area with a height of 66 feet. There is a small third falls a few kilometers away from the second one but is rarely frequented by tourists. The water is fresh and crystal clear. The magical landscape of Kawasan Falls is very cool and refreshing, an ideal paradise to anyone who loves and wants to get intimate with nature. Enjoy the cold swim in the fresh, crystal clear spring water of Kawasan Falls. Kawasan falls is part of your WOW tour package and I encourage you to go, relax and enjoy its beauty.

When our time in MOALBOAL has come to an end, we turn our compass south towards:

DAUIN

The island of Negros is the second largest in the Visayas, after Panay. Negros, split into Occidental and Oriental, is mountainous and volcanic origin, very fertile and also famous as “sugar island”, because more than half of the agricultural land is used for sugar cane plantations.

Beside the wild nature on Negros and a “caramel” brown beach in Dauin, every diver has the chance for a varied dive holiday. Dauin offers next to a multifaceted house reef, impressive corals of Apo Island as well as world class muck diving. Each diver has the chance to find a personal favorite dive spot.

When the Spanish explorers landed in Negros Oriental in 1565, they found natives who called the place “Buglas”, named after a kind of tall grass resembling the present-day sugar cane plant. Buglas grass was then abundantly growing in the island. The Spaniards encountered many black people with black kinky hair among the inhabitants, they called the island Negros. At that time, there were two types of forest dwellers, the black natives called Ata or Agta (Negrito) and the Proto-Malay also known as Bukidnon with dark brown skin.

Negros Oriental occupies the south-eastern half of the island of Negros, with Negros Occidental comprising the western half. It has a total land area of 5,402.30 km². A chain of rugged mountains separates Negros Oriental from Negros Occidental. Unlike its sister province, which belongs to the Western Visayas region, Negros Oriental belongs to the Central Visayas region. Negros Oriental faces Cebu to the east across the Tañon Strait and Siquijor to the south-east. The Sulu Sea borders it to the south.

The province’s topography is characterized by low, grooved mountain ranges which mostly lie close to the shoreline. At the southern end of the province is the Cuernos de Negros (Horns of Negros) strato volcano which rises to a height of 1864 meters. At the northern end of the province is Mount Canlaon, the highest peak in the island with a height of 2465 meters and an active volcano. There are a few plateaus in the interior to the west of the province.

Here is just a few of the critters you may find

 

While on Dauin we’ll make a day trip to APO ISLAND one of the top diving and snorkeling destinations in the Philippines. This world- famous island located a few kilometers off the southern tip of Negros Oriental, never fails to amaze divers with its rich community-protected marine life. Apo Island is located 30 kilometers south of Dumaguete City and is known for its spectacular scuba diving sites found all over the island. It is one of the best sites for scuba diving. Here are the famous diving sites in Apo Island.

  • Apo Island Marine Sanctuary and Protected Seascape Located at the southwest part of the island, the protected Marine Sanctuary is one dive site you should not miss. It is a home to a lot of clown fish, along with turtles and giant clams. It is a home to many fish species, including manta rays, black and white snappers, angelfish, and flounder.
  • Coconut Point. Coconut point is located at the northwest part of the island that features different varieties of soft corals. It is famous for its schools of jacks, as well as barracudas, white tip reef sharks, and Vlaming Unicornfish. Because of the strong current in this area, only advanced divers can dive at Coconut Point.
  • Chapel’s Point. At the western side of the island is Chapel’s point. Here you will find interesting marine life sightings of various species of corals, sponges, and gorgonian sea fans. Fish species found here include tuna, black and white snappers, and barracuda.
  • Rock Point. Rock point is at the southern tip of Apo Island. Water can be rough here, but marine life is also rich and spectacular with rock formations and corals in the area. You can find black and white tip sharks here in Rock Point, as well as moray eels, Picasso triggerfish, and black and white snappers.
  • Mamsa Point. Mamsa Point is found at the eastern side of Apo Island. You will find varieties of jacks in the area, where the diving site got its name from. Mamsa is the local term for jacks. Aside from jacks, you will also see different types of groupers, lionfish, scorpion fish, as well as black and white tip reef sharks.

Aside from diving, you can also enjoy snorkeling in Apo Island. You get to encounter different species of marine animals and see beautiful corals. You can even swim with the turtles in shallow water, which you can find the southwest part of the island.

Next a Trip to Oslob where you will dive with  WHALESHARKS  yes whalesharks! Have you ever been in the water with these gentle giants? It’s amazing. They’re small, their big, their graceful and friendly. If you have never been in the water with whalesharks, this trip will burn memories into your mind. This is a must do trip. I would recommend a wide angle lense for these fellas..

You are now about 2/3 the way into your trip and there is more to come. When our time in Dauin is up, we set our sites on Cabilao. Cabilao will be our last stop on the tour.

CABILAO

Diving off Cabilao offers diving opportunities to see Pygmy seahorses, hard and soft corals of various species have made that island a must-see. At present, there are two marine protected areas (no-take zones) around the island.

Hairy Frog Fish

 

The only motorized transport you can find are a few tricycles and a couple of motorcycles, who also serve as so-called ‘habal-habal’, they will bring you around for a small fee. However, most of the distances on Cabilao island are quite short, you can easily walk them. The lack of roads also means that everything on the island has to be brought in by banka (local outrigger boat). The triangular shaped 7.2 square kilometer island is situated at the west side of Bohol, facing Cebu Island. Cabilao consists of five barangays (villages), Talisay, Cambaquiz, Looc, Pantudlan, and Cabacongan. Its about 5200 friendly inhabitants survive on fishing, tourism, some small agriculture and weaving of bags. The island is the home to Bohol’s only natural lake, Lake Lanao, near the barangay Pantudlan, which also serves as a small bird-sanctuary for passing by migrant birds.

June 6th is your last full day on your tour. You may spend the day performing morning dives or spend the day off gassing, readying for your departure from the Philippines on June 7. What is in store for you this day is a trip that takes you exploring Bohol. Bohol is the larger island east of Cabilao.

From the boat, you will head off in search of tarsiers, to a scenic view of the chocolate mountains,  a butterfly farm, visit historic sites and possibly a river cruise with lunch and more.

Tarsiers, they are any haplorrhine primates of the family Tarsiidae, which is itself the lone extant family within the infraorder Tarsiiformes. Although the group was once more widespread, all its species living today are found in the islands of Southeast Asia. Make sure you have your camera with telephoto lens or zoom. The photo above is one I have take from maybe 12-15 feet away.

Tarsier

 

Chocolate Mountains

You will head to view the famous Chocolate Mountains, or some call them Chocolate Hills.

The famed Chocolate Hills of Bohol are not only two but more than 1,268 cone-shaped hills – a very strange geological formation that has baffled a lot of geologists. The hills are spread over an area of 50 square kilometers or more and vary in size from 30 meters to 120 meters in height.

The Chocolate Hills appear to be seemingly endless when viewed atop the hil. The viewing deck there gives you a 360° view of the hills “as far as the eyes can see”. Unique with these limestone chocolate hills is that they are only covered in grass and the cone shape is more or less common to all although differing in size. The flatlands surrounding the hills are given to rice and corn farming and results in a beautiful green backdrop

You will need your wide angle lens. There is more in store for your Bohol adventure. You will just have to go to experience the adventures. What a wonderful trip so far. So much has been done and seen that I am confident you will be talking about this trip for quite some time.

On the day of our departure we head back to Cebu City, where you will be returned to the airport (CEB)  where you will say your final goodbyes before catching your flight back home.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday May 25 2019)  Embark for Moalboal from Cebu City. After our arrival and check-in there may be an opportunity to dive that afternoon or if you prefer just relax.  In the evening we will head out for dinner and local scenery

Day 2 (May 26) A day of Diving

Day 3 (May 27) A day of Diving

Day 4 (May 28) A day of Diving

Day 5 (May 29) 1/2 day of morning dives and a trip to Kawasan Falls

Day 6 (May 30) Check out and Embark for Dauin,  arriving Dauin early to mid afternoon.

Day 7 (May 31) A day of diving APO island

Day 8 (June 1) Morning departure to Oslob to dive with the whalesharks

Day 9 (June 2) A day of diving

Day 10 (June 3) Check out and embark for Cabilao. Opportunity for an afternoon dive

Day 11 (June 4) A day of diving

Day 12 (June 5) A day of diving

Day 13 (June 6) No diving today for you are headed to Bohol. Embark at 8am and spend the day visiting sites such as the Chocolate Mountains, search for worlds smallest primates known as Tarsiers, visit the butterfly gardens and more, returning to Cabilao sometime early evening. We will spend our last evening together reminiscing over our trip.

Day 14 (June 7) Checkout and Embark for the airport in Cebu at 8AM. Arrive at the airport, say good bye to our newly made friends and head home.

WOW, that is one for the books.

I hope the glimpse of information provided peaked your interest and you will join me and fellow guest on this adventure. There are only 10 spots available so reserve yours now. I look forward to meeting you very soon.

Disclaimers

There is no guarantee of any sea life described will be seen. I will attempt to reach out to Poseidon and respectfully request he order them to be there but Poseidon has been out of touch for some time.

Water and weather conditions may preclude any activity. Here too I will do my best to reach out to Jupiter, begging him for good weather throughout the tour.

 

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