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Diver’s delight: Turtle Bay Resort in the Philippines

If underwater adventures are your thing, then a holiday diving in the Philippines is one for your bucket list. The waters around Moalboal, a small town on the Southwest side of Cebu island, are famous for their shoals of fish and other sea life; it also has a resort that’s run by a family of passionate divers – just the spot for a relaxing yet active holiday.

Diving in the Philippines provides an unforgettable travel experience
Diving in the Philippines provides an unforgettable travel experience

Located away from the crowds, but still only just a few kilometres from the tourist village of Panagsama Beach, Turtle Bay Resort offers both a great diving experience and tropical vacation paradise for singles, couples and families alike. The hotel has villa-style accommodation, large and pretty landscaped grounds, a lagoon and kiddies’ pool (ideal for keeping them active) plus plenty of dining and entertainment options nearby.

Scuba divers of all levels are welcome at the resort, which teaches both beginner and advanced open water PADI dive courses for ages 15 years and above, taken over four to five days. Each course includes five pool sessions and four open-water dives. For those looking to go pro, there’s even the option to take a professional Divemaster course, which is taken over two weeks (minimum age: 18 years).

There’s plenty to see under the water here, including clouds of sardines, turtles, coral and a wide range of coral fish. The resort can also arrange excursions to dive around grand underwater canyons – and even to snorkel with magnificent whale sharks!

Find out more about diving in the Philippines at turtlebaydiveresort.com.

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