FAQs2020-06-08T12:23:46+08:00

Frequently Asked Questions

What if a safari is cancelled?2023-10-25T16:01:27+08:00

In the unlikely event that a safari has to be cancelled, we will return the full amount and propose an alternative program.

What is the maximum amount of divers?2023-10-25T16:01:00+08:00

12 divers can be accommodated on a dive safari. However, only eight divers can sleep in bunks on board if they wish to, the others have to sleep in a beach resort.

What is the minimum amount of divers needed for a dive safari?2023-10-25T16:00:36+08:00

We need a minimum of four divers to commence a dive safari.

What is the cancellation policy?2023-10-25T16:00:17+08:00

Up to 60 days before departure: full refund (excluding bank charges)
59-31 days prior to departure, 20% is forfeited.
30-14 days prior to departure, 50% is forfeited.
If 14 days before departure, no refund is available Cancellations must be in writing.

How about deposits and payments?2023-10-25T15:59:49+08:00

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.

Can I pay with credit card?2023-10-25T15:59:28+08:00

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. At Easy Diving and Beach Resort you can pay by credit card.

How much is dive equipment rental for safari?2023-10-25T15:58:52+08:00

750 Pesos per day.

Do I need travel insurance?2023-10-25T15:58:33+08:00

A travel insurance is highly recommended.

Do I need dive insurance?2023-10-25T15:58:09+08:00

A dive insurance you must have.

How do I get on and off the ship?2023-10-25T15:57:48+08:00

A Zodiac will bring you to the beach and pick you up in the morning if you stay in beach resort.

How is my accommodation at the beach resort?2023-10-25T15:57:29+08:00

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.

How is my accommodation on board of the dive safari ship?2023-10-25T15:57:10+08:00

Think of camping on an outrigger dive boat in the tropics. There are four bunks on board below the main deck. Each bunk is good for two divers, so a maximum of eight 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.

What are the sleeping arrangements on a dive safari?2023-10-25T15:56:39+08:00

We stay in a room at a beach resort nearby the dive spot.

What is there to eat on board the ship?2023-10-25T15:56:19+08:00

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.

How is the weather in the Philippines?2023-10-25T15:55:48+08:00

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.

Can we dive with the whale sharks in Oslob?2023-10-25T15:53:29+08:00

After a comprehensive briefing, each diver decides for himself whether he or she would like to dive with the whale sharks in Oslob or not. The additional f ees for diving in Oslob are currently 1,500 pesos per dive and are not included in the price.

Are 15 liter tanks available?2023-10-25T15:53:05+08:00

15 liter tanks are not available on dive safaris.

Is Nitrox available?2023-10-25T15:52:43+08:00

Nitrox is not available on board the ship.

How many dives can I do in one day?2023-10-25T15:52:26+08:00

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.

Is night diving offered?2023-10-25T15:51:59+08:00

Night diving is offered at most of the dive spots.

How much are the marine sanctuary fees?2023-10-25T15:51:32+08:00

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.

What important dive equipment do I must have in my possession when on safari?2023-10-25T15:51:07+08:00

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.

What is excluded in the safari?2023-10-25T15:50:41+08:00
  • Alcoholic beverages on board.
  • Drinks and additional food in restaurants, bars and in the resorts where we might stay.
  • Marine sanctuary fees.
  • Rental dive equipment, dive computer and surface marker buoy.
What is included in the safari?2023-10-25T15:50:01+08:00
  • Diving incl. divemaster 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.
Can you arrange domestic flights for me?2023-10-25T15:49:18+08:00

Our in-house travel desk can arrange domestic flights for you.

Can you arrange accommodation before and after the safari for me?2023-10-25T15:49:01+08:00

Our in-house travel desk can arrange all accommodation before and after safar i in a variety of beach resorts.

Can you arrange transfers for me?2023-10-25T15:48:38+08:00

Our in-house travel desk can arrange all transfers for you.

How to get to Sipalay from Bacolod or Dumaguete?2023-10-25T15:48:15+08:00

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.

How to get to Moalboal from Cebu City or the airport?2023-10-25T15:47:48+08:00

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.

How many dive guides are on dive safari?2023-10-25T15:47:24+08:00

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.

Do I have to do a check-dive before or on safari?2023-10-25T15:46:58+08:00

A check-dive before the dive safari commences is mandatory and included in the price.

Do I need an Advanced Diver certification?2023-10-25T15:46:36+08:00

An Advanced Open Water Certification is highly recommended. However, experie nced Open Water divers can join too. Divers with less experience 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 two days to get Advanced Open Water certified.

What time the dive safari ends?2023-10-25T15:46:06+08:00

The dive safari usually ends late afternoon, between 4 and 7pm, d epending on weather conditions.

What time the dive safari starts?2023-10-25T15:45:47+08:00

The dive safari starts at 6:30 am

Where does the Visaya dive safari start?2023-10-25T15:45:24+08:00

The Visaya 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. For schedules and time tables visit our websites.

Where does the safari start and end?2023-10-25T15:44:57+08:00

At the airstrip of Sipalay city.

How is your disclaimer of responsibility?2023-10-25T14:33:12+08:00

Easy Diving is not liable for full or partial trip cancellation due to bad weather, technical issues, not enough participants, force majeur or unforeseen events. Easy Diving will do everything possible and in its power to propose an alternative.

What if a safari is cancelled?2023-10-25T14:32:34+08:00

In the unlikely event that a safari has to be cancelled, we will return the full amount and propose an alternative program.

What are the cancellation policies?2023-10-25T14:32:08+08:00

Cancellation up to 60 days before the journey we refund the full amount (except bank charges if any).
59-31 days before journey, 20% cancellation fee.
30-14 days before journey, 50% cancellation fee.
14 days before journey, no refund.
All cancellations are to be in written.

What are the payment terms?2023-10-25T14:31:29+08:00

Minimum down payment of 20% within 10 days of reservation. Full payment latest 30 days before the trip.

Do you take credit cards?2023-10-25T14:31:09+08:00

No. We accept bank transfers to our Philippines or German accounts or pay pal payments. At Easy Diving and Beach Resort you can pay by credit card.

How much is the equipment rental?2023-10-25T14:30:34+08:00

750 Pesos per day.

Do I need a trip cancellation insurance?2023-10-25T14:30:16+08:00

This is a personal choice and has to be considered by one self.

Do I need diver insurance?2023-10-25T14:29:58+08:00

Dive insurance is a must have.

How do I get on and off board?2023-10-25T14:29:33+08:00

With a rubber dinghy with an outboard engine.

Is there Cell phone and internet signal?2023-10-25T14:29:04+08:00

There is SMART and GLOBE 3G Cell phone signal. We provide free internet through Starlink.

How is the accommodation?2023-10-25T14:28:37+08:00

Our new Easy Diving Eco-Resort was completed in January 2020. Our Luxury Glamping Tents and AC Bungalows are equipped with very high quality beds and mattresses. We are 24 hours connected to the power supply. All sockets meet European standards. A brick building with four showers and toilets is available for personal hygiene. The Bungalows have their own shower and CR. The
accommodation can be booked for kingsize or twin beds and single occupancy is also available.

How much luggage is allowed?2023-10-25T14:27:58+08:00

Maximum 25 kg per person.

How is the catering?2023-10-25T14:27:32+08:00

n the morning there is coffee and snacks on the way to the first dive, afterwards breakfast is served on the boat. Between the dives there is lunch, snacks, fruit, water, various non-alcoholic drinks, tea and coffee as usual. Dinner is prepared and served at the camp. Since the islands are remote, you will have a slightly smaller menu with simple but always freshly prepared meals. Nevertheless, the proper service from Easy Diving is guaranteed.

How is the weather in Cagayan?2023-10-25T14:26:37+08:00

In general the weather does not change much during the year. Air temperature are around 30°C and water is between 27°C and 30°C. It is dry from December to April and a little bit more humid from Mai to November. This region is prone to monsoon
tendencies, meaning north east (amihan) trades from November to March and south west (habagat) from June to October.

Are 15L tanks available?2023-10-25T14:26:05+08:00

No.

Is nitrox available?2023-10-25T14:25:39+08:00

No.

What is the amount of the marine park fees?2023-10-25T14:25:16+08:00

300 php per day as of 1.1.2022.

What equipment parts are mandatory?2023-10-25T14:24:49+08:00

Each diver has to bring an own dive computer and a visible surface signalling device. An underwater lamp must be brought for night dives. We do offer the possibility to buy or rent those in our shop.

What is not included?2023-10-25T14:24:18+08:00
  • Transfer to the Sipalay airstrip.
  • Marine park fees.
  • Equipment.
  • Consumptions in local establishments.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
What is included in the price?2023-10-25T14:23:11+08:00
  • Accommodation in the Easy Diving Eco-Resort. Our Luxury Glamping Tents are equipped with very high quality beds and mattresses.
  • Meals: Full board. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • On board in addition to that: Refreshments, fruits, snacks. Water, non-alcoholic beverages, tea and coffee.
  • 3-4 Dives a day.
  • Tanks, weights, dive guide.
  • Air transfer from Sipalay to Cagayan and back.
I need domestic flights to reach Sipalay, how do I proceed?2023-10-25T14:21:44+08:00

Either on your own via any internet portal or we do all the necessary for you, adapted to your journey.

How do I book my accommodations prior and after my safari?2023-10-25T14:21:15+08:00

We see us as your competent partner for all your Philippine destinations and will find and book the solution fitting your needs best.

Can you arrange my transfers?2023-10-25T14:20:50+08:00

We do arrange any kind of transfer from any point of the Philippines.

How do I reach Sipalay from Bacolod or Dumaguete?2023-10-25T14:20:27+08:00

With a Van and driver. We would be please to arrange such a transfer for you. For the more adventurous, there are buses or freelance driver around the airports. On request we will arrange a 25 minutes air transfer for you.

How many divemaster are on board?2023-10-25T14:16:51+08:00

In general we do have one multilingual European dive instructor and one local divemaster on board. If you would like to have your own dive guide, we can of course arrange one for an additional charge.

Do I need to do a check dive before the safari?2023-10-25T14:16:20+08:00

Yes, for your own safety we ask you to do a check dive with us prior to sailing out.

Do I need to be Advanced diver or higher?2023-10-25T14:15:51+08:00

Holding an AOWD certification or higher is advised in order to be able to join for all the dives. There are dives, for which the prerequisite is an AOWD certification. But you can of course pass your AOWD in no more than 2 days with us prior to your safari.

When does the safari end?2023-10-25T14:15:15+08:00

Arrival in Sipalay City is between 9am and 10am.

When does the safari start?2023-10-25T14:14:05+08:00

The flight leaves around 8am.

Where does the safari start and end?2023-10-25T14:00:05+08:00

At the airstrip of Sipalay city.

What is your disclaimer?2020-06-04T16:01:29+08:00

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.

What are the payment terms?2020-05-20T20:09:19+08:00

Minimum down payment of 20% within 10 days of reservation. Full payment latest 30 days before the trip.

How do I get on and off board?2020-05-20T19:53:14+08:00

With a rubber dinghy with an outboard engine.

Is there cell phone signal?2020-05-20T19:51:48+08:00

There is SMART and GLOBE 3G Cell phone signal in Cagayan.

How is the accommodation?2020-05-20T19:49:45+08:00

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.

How much luggage is allowed?2020-05-20T19:49:19+08:00

Maximum 25 kg per person. There is the possibility to rent equipment on site.

How is the catering?2020-05-20T19:47:27+08:00

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.

What about if a dive safari is cancelled?2020-05-20T20:10:05+08:00

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).

What is the maximum amount of divers?2020-05-20T20:11:36+08:00

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.

What is the minimum amount of divers needed for a dive safari?2020-05-20T20:11:10+08:00

We need a minimum of 4 divers to commence a dive safari.

What is the cancellation policy?2020-05-20T19:30:48+08:00

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

How about deposits and payments?2020-05-20T19:26:57+08:00

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.

Can I pay with credit card?2020-05-20T19:30:05+08:00

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.

How much is dive equipment rental for safari?2020-05-20T20:06:23+08:00

750 Pesos per day.

Do I need travel insurance?2020-05-20T19:25:41+08:00

Travel insurance is highly recommended.

Do I need dive insurance?2020-05-22T19:31:48+08:00

Yes.

How do I get on and off the ship?2020-05-20T19:21:16+08:00

A Zodiac will bring you to the beach and pick you up in the morning if you stay in beach resort.

Overnight options – in beach resort: How is my accommodation at the beach resort?2020-05-20T19:19:43+08:00

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.

Overnight option – stay on board: How is my accommodation on board of the dive safari ship?2020-05-20T19:19:07+08:00

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.

What are the sleeping arrangements on a dive safari?2020-05-20T19:18:49+08:00

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.

What is there to eat on board the ship?2020-05-20T19:18:29+08:00

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.

How is the weather in the Philippines?2020-05-20T19:18:03+08:00

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.

Can we dive with the whale sharks in Oslob?2020-05-20T19:17:31+08:00

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.

Is Nitrox available?2020-05-20T19:16:48+08:00

Nitrox is not available on board the ship.

How many dives can I do in one day?2020-05-20T19:16:22+08:00

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.

Is night diving offered?2020-05-20T19:14:29+08:00

Night diving is offered at most of the dive spots.

How much are the marine sanctuary fees?2020-05-20T19:13:57+08:00

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.

What important dive equipment do I must have in my possession when on safari?2020-05-20T19:10:20+08:00

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.

What is included in the safari?2020-05-20T19:10:05+08:00
  • 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.
Can you arrange domestic flights for me?2020-05-20T19:10:10+08:00

Our in-house travel desk can arrange domestic flights for you.

Can you arrange accommodation before and after the safari for me?2020-05-20T19:03:19+08:00

Our in-house travel desk can arrange all accommodation before and after safari in a variety of beach resorts.

Can you arrange transfers for me?2020-05-20T19:10:15+08:00

Our in-house travel desk can arrange all transfers for you.

How to get to Sipalay from Bacolod or Dumaguete?2020-05-20T19:02:34+08:00

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.

How to get to Moalboal from Cebu City or the airport?2020-05-20T19:01:56+08:00

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.

How many dive guides are on a dive safari?2020-05-20T19:01:31+08:00

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.

Do I have to do a check dive before or on safari?2020-05-20T18:59:25+08:00

A check-dive before the dive safari commences is mandatory and included in the price.

Do I need an Advanced Diver certification?2020-05-20T18:58:45+08:00

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.

When does the dive safari end?2020-05-20T18:56:55+08:00

The dive safari usually ends in the late afternoon, between 4PM and 7PM, depending on weather conditions.

When does the dive safari start?2020-05-20T18:45:01+08:00

The dive safari starts at 6:30 AM.

Where does the Visayas dive safari start?2020-05-20T18:42:33+08:00

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

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