The diving, with the island’s own PADI divemaster, is spectacular, with hundreds of coral reefs and an incredible diversity of marine life. Incredible wreck diving is found around Busuanga and Coron Bay where US forces sunk 13 Japanese naval ships in 1944. The divemaster at Ariara has even recently discovered the intact wreck of a US supply boat from WWII just two miles away. Some of the world’s finest dive sites: Tubbataha (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Apo Reef are also accessible on longer trips. On the fauna front, there are four endangered species of turtle including Hawksbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley, and Green turtles to see, many of whom return annually to lay their eggs along Ariara’s main beach. In short, the diving is world-class, and all accessible in the company of your own private guides.
When to Go
There is warm weather all year round and you can dive at any time so this can be a year round destination. However, it depends how much you like rain. There are two pronounced seasons: the dry season from November to May, and the wet season from June to August.
From the UK to the Philippines (Manila): Fly via Amsterdam (KLM), Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific), the Middle East (Etihad or Emirates), Singapore (Singapore Airlines) or Bangkok (Thai Air).
From Manila to Ariara: A short flight from Manila to Busuanga where guests are met by a member of Ariara’s staff and transferred to Coron port nearby to board the Karen-Joy, Ariara’s 100ft tri-maran. Here the holiday begins as guests have private use of the yacht – with its air-conditioned en-suite cabins and expansive deck space - for a relaxing journey to the island with lunch onboard and a swim in one of the blue lagoons of Coron Island. Cruising time 4 hrs. Alternatively, up to 8 guests can make the journey in Ariara’s 33ft speedboat in just over an hour.
All international/domestic flights and land/boat transfers
Full-board activities with two dives. Use of all watersport equipments: 100ft tri-maran, 33ft speedboat, two high-powered jets skis, dive boat, a rigid-inflatable-boat, kayaks, windsurfers, waterskis, wakeboards, fishing and snorkeling equipment.
* price on per person based on a party of between 15-17 guests.