The Philippines -- an exciting new adventure for REEF travelers! Join us for our inaugural trip to explore this diverse region of the Central Indo-Pacific. We have two weeks of adventure - by land, based at the Atlantis Resort in Dumaguete, April 9-16, and then by sea, aboard the Atlantis Azores Liveaboard, April 16-23. Join for one or both! The area is known for some of the most interesting and beautiful fish and critters to add to your life list, including ghost pipefish, mandarinfish, pygmy seahorses, flamboyant cuttlefish, and much more. We'll dive and stay at the all-inclusive Atlantis Resort in Dumaguete. The hotel features first class accommodations and an on-site restaurant, spa, camera room, and five star PADI dive operation. The Philippines archipelago is home to more than 3000 species of fish, and the dive sites combine unbelievable muck-diving with pristine coral reefs and shoals of schooling fish. The diving, accommodations, and amenities are all sure to make for a once in a lifetime adventure - sign up early to secure your space!

Cost Per Person: $1,928 for double occupancy. 

What is included: Your land-based package includes accommodations in a deluxe room based on double occupancy, unlimited scheduled boat dives (up to 5 dives per day, including night diving; all meals at Toko's Restaurant in the resort (coffee tea and water available all day), unlimited internet access, day trip to Apo Island (or similar location).

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials (discounted Program Fee when both land and sea package are booked). A marine park fee of $108 will be collected by the resort from each passenger (subject to change). Nitrox for the week is available for $100. Package price does not include gratuities, alcoholic beverages, in-transit hotel rooms, or transfers to/from Manila.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will make arrangements to fly into Manila Airport (MNL). Depending on arrival and departure times, arrangements for hotels and/or day rooms near Manila airport can be arranged directly through Atlantis. Transfers between Manila airport and Dumaguete will be provided by Atlantis at a cost US$290 per person (subject to change with any significant airfare increases). Rate includes round trip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Dumaguete, round trip private air-conditioned transfers between Dumaguete Airport and resort. This rate assumes a minimum of four people traveling together on the same transfers.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, email us at, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leaders: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Director of Science, and her husband Dr. Brice Semmens, is a professor of coral reef ecology and fisheries at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Christy and Brice have been part of the REEF program since its beginnings in 1993 when they were interns for the Nature Conservancy. They have led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions.


Over 3,000 fish species call the Philippines home. Emperor Angelfish, photo by Paul Humann.

 The Atlantis Dumaguete Resort

Diving around Dumaguete is a great mix of coral reefs and muck diving, where we'll try and find the famed Wonderpuss. Photo by T. Kho.