LIST: DOT-7 launches Diving Events around Central Visayas; Here’s How You Can Join!

The diving industry in the Philippines, especially in the Central Visayas Region, is one of our economic drivers in terms of tourism. In fact, most of the dive spots found in our region were cited among the top picks by both domestic and foreign travelers.

With great pride, the Philippines has been awarded as the Best Overseas Diving Area in the Marine Diving Awards 2020 for the first time. The Philippines has also bagged the award as Asia’s leading Dive Destination 2020 in the 27th World Travel Awards.

In line with the Government’s efforts to further promote the Philippines, specifically the Central Visayas Region as a Dive destination, the Department of Tourism Regional Office VII, is preparing for its first 1st Dive7 Summer Festivals on April – June 2021

Dive7 Summer Festivals is a series of dive events to be held among the top dive destinations in the region — Moalboal, Panglao, Malapascua, Dauin and Mactan. The activity will also include a clean-up activity in SIQUIJOR.  Its goal is to boost the region’s dive industry through a series of events geared to entice local/domestic scuba and free divers

These events will be a collaboration between the DOT Regional Office VII, the Local Government Units (LGU’s) of identified dive destinations and the respective Provinces and dive stakeholders. Proposed dates for these events will be between April to June 2021 (3-day event with series of activities), the peak season for diving in the region.

The event will have multiple activities starting with a photo contest targeting for a wider number of divers. This is designed to attract underwater photo enthusiasts and their buddies to dive and shoot, and also to include buoyancy competition in the dive destination. A 2nd part of the event is focused on attracting new divers and growing the local and domestic dive market. The event will offer discover scuba diver course for adults and bubble makers for kids. The 3rd part is to promote sustainable tourism by conducting an underwater clean up and create awareness especially in the community on how to take care and preserve our marine resources. Divers and beach go-ers will collect trash to properly dispose it. Ultimately, given the rich marine biodiversity and the need to conserve these resources, these events aim to fully focus to Central Visayas Region as a Dive Destination both locally, domestically and internationally.

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Lastly, there will also be a one-stop-shop by the DOT7, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), MARINA7 and EMB7 to assist our tourism stakeholders for concerns regarding application of permits or accreditations.

With this, we gladly welcome all interested participants who wish to be part of this momentous event. See you and please do to forget to register.

  • MOALBOAL: 23-25 April 2021
  • PANGLAO:  4-8 May 2021
  • MALAPASCUA: 14-16 May 2021
  • DAUIN: 21-23 May 2021
  • SIQUIJOR: 25 May 2021
  • MACTAN: 4-6 June 2021

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