Its more fun in the Philippines!

The Philippines has a lot to offer tourists coming to the region—beautiful beaches, a great climate, and some of the best scuba diving in the world. On top of that, Filipinos are known for their warm hospitality.

Explore the rich marine life of the Philippines. Find out why its one of the best places to dive and the unique marine creatures and sights that you can see there.

Snorkelling and Scuba Diving in Dumaguete, Philippines

Discover the beautiful Dumaguete City, also known as the City of Gentle People. It was listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the 7 Best Places to Retire Around the World because it offers beachfront living that is relatively cheaper than other places in the world.

Dumaguete is an all-in-one snorkelling/scuba diving destination, offering the perfect mix of everything a water lover would want–great selection of resorts, a nice-sized town, excellent muck diving with lots of rare critters along the Dauin coastline, and good wide-angle opportunities at Apo Island. 

Trip Highlights
Your Snorkelling/Scuba Options
Options 1 - Snorkelling or Beginners Dive Course

For women who love snorkelling or have wanted to try scuba diving, this beginners scuba retreat is for you. We have included an introduction to scuba class in the pool and then you can decide afterwards if you want to try an open ocean dive or to snorkel. No pressure, just a taster. *Please note this course does NOT give you certification as a diver, its a beginners course.

Included:

  • Introduction to scuba class
  • 3 x fun ocean snorkel or scuba dives
Option 2 - Certified Divers

For women who are certified divers, you also have the choice to snorkel or take a few fun ocean dives. A refresher pool class will take place first for all divers, just to be on the safe side as we anticipate people have not been diving during Covid.  You can also choose to snorkel instead of dive, its your holiday.

Included:

  • Scuba refresher class
  • 3 x fun ocean snorkel or scuba dives
The Space

“Eat, Sleep, Dive, Live!”

Liquid Dive Resort is situated in a secluded beach in Dauin, home of the best diving in the Philippines. Just 20 minutes from the commotion of Dumaguete city, Liquid is tranquil yet accessible, providing a pleasant escape into nature. Scuba divers of all experience and certification levels, devoted underwater photographers, and people seeking a pleasant beach holiday can enjoy this little piece of paradise.

Dumaguete, Philippines

Coffee Shop & Chill Out

Located at the first floor of the Lodge which is the heart of Liquid, is the coffee shop and chill out area. Comfy furnishings and great views make this the perfect place to relax with a homemade cookie and espresso coffee after or before a great day of exploring Dauin and the local reefs.

A daily selection of freshly baked bagels, cakes, homemade pastries and yummy treats are available to whet your appetite throughout the day. Breakfast is served at the coffee shop each morning.

Pool Bar and Restaurant

The pool bar is situated within a lush tropical garden nestled in between our 2 swimming pools and offers a wide selection of cocktails, local beers, fruit smoothies and soft drinks as well as daily happy hour specials. With plenty of comfortable seating, a pool table and dart board area, good music and chill vibes the pool bar is a central part of Liquid.

The garden restaurant is located at the pool bar and offers a selection of Philippine, Asian and European meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All produce is locally sourced and we strive to make every dish memorable. Daily specials and a wide selection of vegetarian meals are offered and group meals or special dinners can be arranged at any time.

Massage Cottage

Our dedicated massage cottage is designed to help ease away those travelling knots and leave the stress of home behind. Choose from an array of different massages from therapeutic to shiatsu or our own signature massage to help you unwind. Unique to Liquid is the opportunity to soak in a European style aromatic hot spring bath, filled with what the locals believe to be healing waters from our own private hot spring.

Inclusions

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Room Accommodation

Deluxe Rooms

Deluxe native inspired cottages have a modern and spacious interior with all the necessary amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Each room has king or twin beds, split air conditioning, ceiling fan, working desk, hanging unit, hairdryer, flat screen TV with satellite, mini bar and private balcony with comfortable bamboo furniture and a side sea view.

*Note there are no tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms. If you need this please bring your own element and tea and coffee. The shower has warm water which is provided by a natural spring so can be a little bit yellow in colour and slightly sulphur smelling. The water pressure is low. Please remember this is a developing island and even though it is idyllic some of the facilities are basic.  Drinking water is provided in the room and can be refilled for free at the bar. The mattresses are firm, like other Asian countries.

Standard Rooms

Standard rooms are small and basic and suitable only for one person. Each room has king or twin beds, split air con, ceiling fan, hanging unit and a private balcony with comfortable bamboo furniture and a sea view. Rooms have fly screens so you can keep the louvres open at night and hear the ocean lapping on the shore.

*Note there are no tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms. If you need this please bring your own element and tea and coffee.  The shower has warm water which is provided by a natural spring so can be a little bit yellow in colour and slightly sulphur smelling. The water pressure is low. Please remember this is a developing island and even though it is idyllic some of the facilities are basic.  Drinking water is provided in the room and can be refilled for free at the bar. The mattresses are firm, like other Asian countries.

*FLIGHTS NOT INCLUDED

*A $500 Deposit is required to secure your spot on this tour. The remainder is due 75 days prior to departure.

**Standard rooms are very small and only suitable for one person.

 

Discover Dumaguete

Program Itinerary

*Please note that sometimes when booking things so far in advance that itineraries must change. Also some of the activities in the schedule are weather dependent which means we may need to swap days around.  

Frequently Asked Questions

View your preparation notes HERE

Pre-Arrival

There are no direct flights to Dumaguete. We suggest flying via Manilla. There are two airlines Cebu (budget) and Philippines Airlines. You will need to depart a day early if travelling from Australia to arrive by the 26th of March 2023. Some flights arrive early evening into Manila and have you flying out again 12 hours later to Dumaguete. In this case for example from Sydney, we suggest booking a room at the Belmont Hotel for the night.  Because you can just walk over the skybridge from Level 3 of Terminal 3 airport making it easy to come back again for your early morning flight. There are escalators from the arrivals hall if you go to the right after arriving. If coming from Melbourne however on the 25th of March there is just a short 2.45hr stopover in Manila. In this case you will require an extra nights accommodation at Liquid Dumaguete. We can arrange this for you. 

*Please note Cebu airlines is a budget airline and does not have entertainment or include food service in its pricing. Also only 20 kilos luggage is included. 

Overnight if staying at Terminal 3:

Belmont Hotel Manila | Newport Boulevard, Newport City Pasay City 1309, Metro Manila, Philippines

T : (+632) 5318 8888
E : info@belmontmanila.com

If you are arriving to Terminal 2 and have a long layover (usually up to 12 hours) you may need to arrange a transfer to a hotel. We are not familiar with what is on offer at Terminal 2 or close by. Terminal 3 and Terminal 2 are not connected though. 

Another option is to fly via Cebu, we are unsure how reliable these flights are though. 

For assistance with flights please visit our designated Travel Manager Kerstin’s page HERE

 
**Please note there is not a Vibrant Women Host available for early arrivals or late departures you will be responsible for your check in/ check out at the hotel and your activities. 
 
 
Airport Transfer Driver Instructions: Please walk out the departure gate and you will see your driver with a sign that says “LIQUID”, don’t panic there will be lots of drivers. If for some reason you can’t see your driver please don’t panic, if you can’t see them after 5 minutes or so please proceed to the information counter and ask them to call Liquid Dive Resort 
Cell: +63-917-314-1778
Phone: +63-035-400-3244
 
Australians don’t need a visa for the Philippines if they intend to visit the country for tourism purposes and stay under 30 days on Philippine territory.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE  is compulsory. We recommend that you take a copy of your travel insurance documents (especially relevant international contact numbers) with you while on tour. The documents should be stored separately from the originals.
 
Cover-More travel insurance covers scuba diving and snorkelling as standard in their policies if you are scuba diving up to 30 metres, if diving with a diving school or qualified instructor.

Additional Adventure Activities coverage is required to cover scuba diving where the maximum depth is between 30 – 50 metres, and you must be diving with a qualified guide and have the appropriate dive qualifications. It is not anticipated you will be diving beyond 30 metres on this retreat. 

If you take travel insurance with another company you will need to check they cover you for snorkelling and scuba diving. 

View our recommended Travel insurance provider Cover-More HERE

Arrival is the 26th of March 2023 check in is from 2pm. Departure is from 10am on the 1st of April 2023.

Our designated Travel manager Kerstin can assist with flights. Please see her details HERE

**Please note there is not a Vibrant Women Host available for early arrivals or late departures you will be responsible for your check in/ Check out at the hotel and your activities.

Address: Km 12.5 Bulak Dauin, Dumaguete, 6217 Negros Oriental
Phone: +63-035-400-3244

If you have chosen a twinshare room, and have not nominated someone to share with, we will do our best to find you a roommate. Please note however that if this is not possible, the single room rate will apply. We hope you understand and will keep you informed of the rooming situation as we allocate people. For people who have booked for a twinshare room with a friend please also know that if that if for some reason your roommate cancels and we are unable to find you a suitable replacement, the single room rate will apply. Again, we hope you understand as the accommodation price can no longer be shared. If for some reason the twinshare arrangement is not suitable to one or both parties once the tour has commenced then both parties will be responsible to pay a single room excess to be negotiated with the hotel and only on possible on availability

*If you have chosen to twinshare and have not divulged the necessary information to be a suitable sharing person (such as snoring, cpap machines, smoking, sleeping with the TV on etc) then during the tour you may need to move to a single room at your own expense if your roommate complains.

**In regard to the above mentioned, if you are sharing with someone and find yourselves incompatible for some reason and you would like to move to a single room you will need to also pay the single supplement for said room. This is to be negotiated with the hotel and only on possible on availability.

 
 *PLEASE NOTE IF YOU PAY THE REMAINDER OF YOUR RETREAT BY CREDIT CARD VIA OUR PAYMENT PLATOFRM THERE IS A 3% FEE. IF YOU PAY VIA OUR BANK ACCOUNT BELOW THERE IS NO FEE. AFTER YOU HAVE MADE YOUR PAYMENT THIS FEE OF 3% BECOMES NON-REFUNDABLE SO PLEASE CHOOSE YOUR PREFERRED METHOD UPFRONT. 
You can pay money towards your tour at any time either by the manage my booking button below which allows only credit card payments or via our bank account – Vibrant Women NAB – BSB: 082-810 Acc: 876225650. If you pay money via our bank account please put your name in the reference section. If you have not received an updated receipt from us within a week please email admin@vibrantwomen.com.au    
*Please note if you pay by credit card that the payment will show on your bank statements as the first 22 letters of the tour name.  
This Getaway has a $500 non-refundable deposit. Final payment is due 75 days before the start of the trip. From 75 – 30 days to the start of the trip 50% of the amount paid will be retained in the case of a cancellation. This is because we have already paid in advance for accommodation, transport and activities and this money will not be returned to us. For cancellations less than 30 days and for no shows the entire amount will be retained. In addition, once the tour has commenced no monies will be returned to you. This is why travel insurance is compulsory. 

You need to be a strong swimmer to attend this retreat. There is also some walking involved.