To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course, you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
The MDA 5-Star Club is for divers seeking adventure! It includes discounts at all MDA locations, preferred rates on rentals and air fills, special club rates on diving and discounts at our sponsor businesses all over Guam.
Bohol is a large island in the Central Visayas, a region of the Philippines which also includes the entire island of Cebu and the Negros Oriental province of the island of Negros. Bohol is a great dive destination and easily accessible with a short flight from Manila.
Bohol is famous for its Chocolate Hills, Alona Beach, and of course its superb diving. Bohol’s dive sites are home to healthy coral and the plethora of unique underwater sights the Philippines is known for, including frogfish, ghost pipefish, pelagics, large schools of fish, manta rays, and even schooling hammerheads.
Bohol photo by Dominique Colletti
HOW TO GET THERE
Return (MNL to Guam): Getting back to Manila in time to catch an early flight to Guam isn’t possible, so use your last day to relax or do some sight-seeing. Taking a later-afternoon flight on PAL or Cebu Pacific will also minimize your stopover time in the Manila Airport.
MNL to GUM: Flights depart in the evening, around 10pm, and arrive in Guam around 4am the following day. Flight PR 0110 on Philippine Airlines.
On land, be sure to visit the famous Chocolate Hills and check out the world’s tiniest primate at the Tarsier Sanctuary.
Culture & Local Customs – The Sandugo Festival is a month-long event held every July to commemorate the Treaty of Friendship established by a cheiftain of Bohol and the Spanish in 1565. Visit during the festival for opportunities to see street dancing, music and historical re-enactments.
When To Go – Diving in Bohol is available year-round. April and May tend to have the best weather – and most visitor traffic. Dry season extends from December – May, with a wet season from June – November.
- Currency – Philippine Pesos (PHP)
- Language – Filipino, English
- Outlets/voltage – Type A/B (US Standard) & C, 220V