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How is diving in Davao, Philippines?
« on: 01 Nov 11, 09:47 »
Hey Guys,

Just noticed Tiger has a nice direct flight to Davao in Philippines and the place is described online as a good diving site in Philippines.

Anyone has experience diving there? Would appreciate any feedback.

Rgds,

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Re: How is diving in Davao, Philippines?
« Reply #1 on: 01 Nov 11, 23:13 »
yeayeayea!! i saw the tixs and already drooling!! lolx!! :P
Diving is like passion, deep and sensational, and sometimes dangerous.

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Re: How is diving in Davao, Philippines?
« Reply #2 on: 01 Nov 11, 23:38 »
I heard not as developed and the dive operators there not that as 'professional' as those in well known dive spots like Cebu or Puerto Galera. Most are local setup and equipment are local brand I heard. You might have to bring all your equipment like BCD, regulators etc. Diving area will be around Samal Island. Good beach and coral gardens from my friends who went there for holiday (not diving, just lazed around).

Heard General Santos further east is better with big fishes. It is not the TUNA capital of the world for nothing. And Manny the Pacman (Famous pinoy boxer) is from there. But of course problem is diving is not as developed also plus not safe for foreigner due to presence of armed group like Abu Sayyaf and kidnapping.

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Re: How is diving in Davao, Philippines?
« Reply #3 on: 02 Nov 11, 00:11 »
I heard not as developed and the dive operators there not that as 'professional' as those in well known dive spots like Cebu or Puerto Galera. Most are local setup and equipment are local brand I heard. You might have to bring all your equipment like BCD, regulators etc. Diving area will be around Samal Island. Good beach and coral gardens from my friends who went there for holiday (not diving, just lazed around).

Heard General Santos further east is better with big fishes. It is not the TUNA capital of the world for nothing. And Manny the Pacman (Famous pinoy boxer) is from there. But of course problem is diving is not as developed also plus not safe for foreigner due to presence of armed group like Abu Sayyaf and kidnapping.

whao, sounds bad, i tink better be safe than sorry. anyway i try google, not alot of DC it seems
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Re: How is diving in Davao, Philippines?
« Reply #4 on: 02 Nov 11, 06:30 »
I heard not as developed and the dive operators there not that as 'professional' as those in well known dive spots like Cebu or Puerto Galera. Most are local setup and equipment are local brand I heard. You might have to bring all your equipment like BCD, regulators etc. Diving area will be around Samal Island. Good beach and coral gardens from my friends who went there for holiday (not diving, just lazed around).

Heard General Santos further east is better with big fishes. It is not the TUNA capital of the world for nothing. And Manny the Pacman (Famous pinoy boxer) is from there. But of course problem is diving is not as developed also plus not safe for foreigner due to presence of armed group like Abu Sayyaf and kidnapping.

Thanks! Does not look like the standard of diving justifies the effort and risk involved. No diving here for me...

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Re: How is diving in Davao, Philippines?
« Reply #5 on: 02 Nov 11, 14:59 »
davao is pretty safe from terrorist or kidnappers. General Santos and other parts of Mindanao is the dangerous part. Diving there is just not as developed though but can't remember of any special site so special that we must go all the way there. There are better places with better facilities in philippines etc, sogod bay for whale shark, malapascua for thresher shark, coron for wreck, anilao for macro.

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Re: How is diving in Davao, Philippines?
« Reply #6 on: 14 Nov 11, 22:20 »
Has anyone a dive shop in Davao to recommend (tried and tested)? and a hotel too?

Pearl Farm is too pricey for my budget. Understand that the other alternatives are Marco Polo and Paradise.

For dive operators, the few I've googled are Carabao, Wind and Wave... has anyone tried them out?

TIA

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Re: How is diving in Davao, Philippines?
« Reply #7 on: 29 Nov 16, 18:12 »
Good Day Guys,

Anyone recently dive in sanmal island in Davao? Thanks
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