Photo by Dejan Sarman
Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Lodging:||3 nights beachside resort|
|Meals:||All meals included|
Swimming, snorkeling, hiking
Visa RequirementsA visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting the Philippines for less than 21 days.
Our Trips using this Extension
Visayan Snorkeling Expedition
Choosing the Right Trip
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Extend your adventure to Dimakya Island, a coral jewel set in an emerald sea. Dimakya’s rich, grassy seabed is an ideal feeding ground for the rare, endangered dugong (a cousin of the manatee), and here we search for these mysterious, nine-foot-long creatures in the wild. Crystal-clear waters allow for great visibility on our snorkeling outings, with a biodiversity including giant clams, sea sponges, huge coral beds, stingrays, manta rays, and swirling throngs of multi-colored tropical fish.
Busuanga / Dimakya Island
From Manila, a short flight this morning brings us to Busuanga Island, with amazing bird’s-eye views en route. We transfer by van and water taxi to the lovely Club Paradise Resort on Dimakya Island. A variety of birds and mammals reside on Dimakya, including the endemic Calamian deer, fruit bats, and the scaly anteater. Today we hike around the island in search of these unique animals and snorkel on several reefs accessible from the beach. Overnight at Club Paradise Resort...LD
Dimakya Island: A no-take/no fishing zone in force on the reefs at Dimakya Island has resulted in huge populations of reef fish and healthy coral. Large fish abound here, including schools of bumphead parrotfish, groupers, jacks, and blacktip and white tip reef sharks. Among the species here are manta rays, several giant tridacna clams, measuring about four feet in length, as well as the rare, red morph of acropora (staghorn) branching coral. One of the rarest mammals in the world, the Calamian deer, lives in the island’s interior.
We head out for an all-day trip to snorkel among bountiful sea grass communities and shallow corals reefs and look for rare marine life exclusive to this area. Although not easily found, the dugong population at Dimakya is one of the largest and best protected in all Southeast Asia. They are the only remaining species of the serenia, or moon creatures, distant aquatic relatives of the elephant. These slow-moving marine mammals graze on sea grass in shallow waters along coastlines in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Their feeding style gives them their more common nickname: sea cow. They feed standing upright in the water, their flippers held out before them like arms, and sometimes the females hold their calves in these flippers. Seen from a distance, they have a curiously human appearance, and today many scientists believe the myth of mermaids was inspired by sailors’ dugong sightings. Our accommodation on Dimakya Island is working with the World Wildlife Fund on dugong research and conservation efforts, and with luck, we will be able to see these creatures in their natural environment. At sunset, we watch as thousands of fruit bats who roost in trees at the resort take flight to feed offshore for the evening. Overnight at Club Paradise Resort...BLD
Note: Dugongs are wild creatures and we do everything we can to maximize our chances of seeing them. On most departures we do have the opportunity to observe and swim with them, but keep in mind we cannot absolutely guarantee sightings on any particular departure.
Dimakya Island / West House Reef / Eagle Point
After breakfast we head out for a day of snorkeling at West House Reef, then in the late afternoon, we lace up our boots for a hike to Eagle Point and some birdwatching. Overnight at Club Paradise Resort...BLD
Dimakya Island / Manila
After a morning snorkel around Dimakya Island, we fly to Manila, arriving in the early evening. In Manila, connect with US-bound flights. We are happy to make hotel reservations (at extra cost) for those with flights departing Manila the following day...B
Prices are for 2015
$1095 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $550
Internal airfare: $250 (subject to change)
Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:
- Accommodations based on double occupancy
- All meals included
- Local airport transfers
- All touring activities as noted
Extension Cost Does Not Include:Domestic airfare, airport taxes, alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone, internet, etc., extra hotel nights in Manila (if necessary), optional gratuities to staff, transfer agents, drivers and guides.
Club Paradise Resort
Dimakya Island, Philippines
This award-winning property offers air-conditioned beachfront cottages, private verandas, an expansive coastline, and al fresco dining. Some of the area’s prettiest reefs are a mere stone’s throw from the resort, and there is great snorkeling right from the beach.
Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.