Philippines: Dauin and Cabilao

WELCOME TO THE PHILIPPINES KIDS SEA CAMP FAMILY DIVE ADVENTURE VACATION

This is our #1 top choice for family diving. There are few diving destinations in the world like the Philippines. The diving offers; muck diving, macro diving, big animals encounters, whale sharks, giant frogfish and macro frogfish. The Pygmies, Wow are they cool! That’s right, the Philippines has Pygmy Seahorses and a multitude of nudibranchs found nowhere else in the world.

Featured article with Lonely Planet: Travel expert Rainer Jenss rates Kids Sea Camp Philippines as his best family trip!

(full feature) Recommended by Rainer Jenss, Founder of  National Geographic Kids, Lonely Planet writer and President and founder of the Family Travel Association.  

“Until recently, I was naive to the fact that children as young as 10 could become scuba certified. And I was certainly clueless about how child-friendly and safe the Philippines could be. Joined by a group of other families during a week-long Kids Sea Camp, my kids and I loved exploring the country’s deep blue waters and pristine reefs looking for some of the world’s most amazing sea creatures.

The dive guides at the Pura Vida Dive Resort in Dumaguete are among the best in the world, and their Sea Explorers PADI 5-Star Dive Center is professionally trained to work with children. When we weren’t busy communing with sea turtles, whale sharks, frogfish and seahorses, my boys were just as happy shooting hoops with the local kids.”

The Adventure Begins: Pura Vida Homes; Dauin (7 nights) & Ocean Vida, Cabilao (5 nights), July 10th – 22nd (Fully escorted with Tom & Margo Peyton) PADI Womens Dive Day event on July 21 at Cabilao Ocean Vida Resort. Celebrating women divers from around the world with Margo peyton.

We love the Philippines so much, that we wanted your family dive vacation to include both Dauin and Cabilao for a 12 night, 13-day stay. Kids Sea Camp has designed: 7 nights at Pura Vida Homes in Dauin and 5 nights at Ocean Vida Resort in Cabilao.

Immersion travel begins and ends with this family adventure.We have included a mountain village tour from Dauin, as well as a village school trip in Cabilao. Both resorts offer spa, volleyball, and snorkeling. From Cabilao we will enjoy some topside adventures that include: zip-lining, basketball with the dive crew, the Oslob to experience with the whale sharks, the Chocolate Hills, and Tarsier monkeys.

Both of these resorts are 5-stars PADI Resorts and have superb service and excellent food. This family dive vacation is a private charter, fully escorted by Margo and Tom Peyton. A professional photographer will photograph your family throughout the trip and you will be provided with images that last a lifetime.

Something for everyone

Kids Sea Camp trips include many activities outside of diving and we are happy to customize as much as we can with individual families as needed.
We charter PADI 5 star resorts and their dive operation to run our desired and custom created curriculum. We focus on educational and cultural experiences for the entire family.

We understand that there are family members that do not dive and understand new diving kids are not always wanting to just dive every day.  We have created a diversified daily schedule to suit all family members. 

Our first couple days of diving are generally refreshing for the kids what they need to remember. We go over how to set up your gear and how to use it.  Kids Sea Camp will also check buoyancy, navigation, signals underwater and any concerns.  As the week progresses, we move on to having fun and improving confidence and diving. We can and will do the same as a refresher for adults when requested.

We offer SASY, Seal Team, PADI certification classes and even discover scuba in the Philippines. For kids that are already certified, we can do; digital photography, Fish ID, Adventure Diver and even Advanced Open Water certifications. We also offer other specialties and depending on the number of participants. We have family time together and time for making new friends. We have included cultural activities, presentations, and tours in both Dauin and Cabilao.

Introducing the magical islands of the Visayas Sea

Immersion travel begins and ends with this family adventure!  Kids Sea Camp is ready to take you on a journey of a lifetime, full of culture, history, and biodiversity.

By Margo Peyton, founder of Kids Sea Camp

After landing on the main island Dumaguete, you will be met by friendly smiles and helpful hands, Biggs Eggert with Sea Explorers, handing you a cool facecloth and a bottle of water.  We then will be heading to Pura Vida Homes by private vans.

You will be diving with Sea Explorers, a PADI 5-Star IDC, during our entire stay in the Philippines.  Top notch service, smaller dive gear and tanks for kids, and a well-trained staff for all levels of divers. They accommodated big rig photographers and first-time divers alike.  Each boat had hot coffee and tea, and warm face cloths, fresh fruit, and baked bread when you returned from your dive. And to top it all you do not ever have to touch your gear accept to put in on and giant stride in. Dive gear is rinsed and set up perfectly adorned atop of your tank,  awaiting your return. Heaven!  Nothing makes the staff happier on this trip than to see the smile on your faces, and that’s why their tagline is “Dive with a smile” because you certainly will.

Dauin Pura Vida Homes and Resort.  The one and two bedroom villas can easily accommodate families of 5 and are crafted from rich hardwoods and majestic views. The beautiful beach, 2 pools, gym, spa and wedding chapel were most inspiring.

Along with all the local traditions, there is a very modern feel, microwaves, coffee makers, and the most comfortable beds in all the Philippines. There are villages to explore, a mountain school, and more amazing diving than any other place in the world I have dove.  This trip is over the top, and hands down my favorite destination to dive.

Diving Apo Island provides an endless view of colorful soft corals, teeming with fish and punctuated with my favorite, turtles! To end the day, you can do a muck dive. I had read about them for years and never thought the moment would come. Tiny orange frogfish the size of a gumball, vibrant tiger shrimp and anemone crabs, pink seahorses and little soft-bodied gastropods called nudibranch that presented extraordinary colors and patterns I could have never imagined. This type of diving allows kids to slow down and focus on the tiniest of beings in this magical underwater world.

You will enjoy some crazy fun diving Oslob on our way to Cabilao. With Sea Explorers, you will to dive in 35’ of warm clear water while observing the whale sharks feeding on krill. I had only been diving with Whale sharks in the Galapagos, and it is just fabulous diving in these much warmer waters. Kids and families can snorkel or dive this from Dauin any time during their stay.

After our dives, we are transported to Cabilao on our same banka boats.  Lunch is served and the majestic views along the way are surely not to be missed photo opportunities.  Sea Explorers staff, sings and plays music, entertaining the kids all along the way.  Cabilao sits on its own islet, surrounded by pristine reefs.  With deluxe ocean view suites and rooms dotted along the hill and beach.

These are a humble people, that prized family and each other above all things. Unlike most places, all the dive staff with Sea Explorers is provided health insurance and is well paid. Chris and Biggs treat them like family and they are just that.

I must say Cabilao had the most incredible and vibrant reefs I have ever seen in my 30 years of diving. It affected me so much, that I dreamt about the colors for months, and it sadly changed my mind’s eye when diving the Caribbean. For 5 nights and 4 days, You will enjoy the charm and impeccable service at Cabilao Ocean Vida resort.  4 days of 3 dives per day, meals and village school excursions. a spectacular Sea Explorer resort is called Pura Vida: All Oceanfront rooms sitting on this the smallest of islets completely surrounded by spectacular coral reef. The diving will provide a plethora of pygmy seahorses, turtles, rays, sharks, and schools of wild dolphin. This boutique Island resort is perfect for small groups, family reunions and Kids Sea Camp. I loved the personal closeness this resort offeres along with the continued exceptional service, food, and spa.

Last but not least, Biggs will take  us over the chocolate hills and the hanging bridge all on the island of  Bohol.

I hope you will find as did I this destination to be one of the most welcoming, safe, and smile driven places on earth. If you’re ready to take a break from electronics and your virtual world, I invite you to experience these magical islands of the Visayas Sea.

The Philippines brings your imagination to life. Join us for an epic dive journey to the Philippines to explore and experience new worlds above and below that will open your children’s eyes to a humbleness, a happiness and a new way of looking at life that they will remember forever.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Dumaguete Pura Vida Homes Resort & Spa

  • Meet and greet in Manila (transfer to/from domestic terminal & International terminal ) Ask Margo for information.
  • 7 nights accommodation Vida Homes, 2 bedroom ocean view luxury apartments, Negros Island, July 10-17th 2018
  • Transfer to/ from: Dumaguete Airport to Vida Homes Dauin by private transfer and guides
  • Transfer out: for those continuing on to Cabilao, by boat transfer, lunch and diving at Oslob with whale sharks are included.
  • 8 days meal package (includes breakfast, 2-course lunch, 3-course dinner)
  • Private dive crew, personal tour guides, private transfers, private boats, private meals
  • Special Beach BBQ night in Vida Homes for the entire group
  • Use of conference facility for slideshows, etc
  • Mountain school excursion guided tour
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Complimentary unlimited filtered drinking water and daily juices provided
  • Complimentary coffee and tea in the room
  • 7 days 3 boat dives daily, kids programs such as SASY, PADI Seal Team and PADI JOW and OW.
  • 7 days snacks between dives on the boat (cookies, muffins etc)
  • Rental equipment for kids
  • Digital Photo class with Margo Peyton
  • Daily basketball and volleyball with Tom Peyton
  • cultural presentations
  • Slideshow
  • Photo album
  • Free dive rental gear for kids
  • Tote bags, T-shirts-KSC beanies
  • Free SeaLife Cameras to use for your trip
  • Kids Sea Camp certification PADI distinctive specialty
  • Night dive
  • Apo Island excursion
  • 1 day trip to Oslob diving with the Whalesharks
  • Inclusive Sanctuary Fees around Dauin, Hotel tax included.

Not included:

  • Service charge, departure tax
  • Any other meals other than mentioned above
  • Any soft or alcoholic drinks other than mentioned above
  • Gratuities- for dive staff
  • Roundtrip air to from the Philippines
  • adult dive gear rental.  You get a great deal if you purchase your gear from Kids Sea Camp.  Give Margo or Tom or Zoe a call 803-419-2556
  • eLearning for digital photo, Advanced Open Water, or Rescue diver is not included.  If you would like to take any of these additional courses please contact us ahead of time and we can arrange this with our staff.

Ocean Vida resort on Cabilao

  • Transfer from Dauin to Cabilao via Oslob for diving and snorkeling with the whale sharks
  • 5 nights
  • 3 meals daily with snacks
  • village school excursion
  • 4 days of diving
  • Chocolate Hills
  • Tarsier monkeys
  • Zipline and river tour
  • all dive gear for kids
  • coffee, tea, juice with meals
  • private boats
  • Private dive guides
  • t-shirt, hat, tote bag,
  • Fins, mask  and snorkel sets for SASY and SEAL's
  • Scubapro BC for Jr. Open Water students
  • Philippino night, food, music, and dance
  • Opening ceremony and closing presentations
  • Photo tip and slide presentations
  • Free Sealife Camera to use during your trip

Not included:

  • Service charge, departure tax
  • Any other meals other than mentioned above
  • Any soft or alcoholic drinks other than mentioned above
  • Gratuities- for dive staff
  • Roundtrip air to from the Philippines
  • adult dive gear rental.  You get a great deal if you purchase your gear from Kids Sea Camp.  Give Margo or Tom or Zoe a call 803-419-2556
  • eLearning for digital photo, Advanced Open Water, or Rescue diver is not included.  If you would like to take any of these additional courses please contact us ahead of time and we can arrange this with our staff.

Two days to Philippines one day back to the states

  • Arrival in Dumaguete on July 10th with a full escort to Pura Vida Homes Dauin. 1.5 hrs
  • July 10th: Opening presentation, group dinner, and a good night sleep.
  • July 11-16: Daily diving 3 dives per day, with private boats, private guides, and valet diving service.
  • Daily dive courses as confirmed.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily at the resort.
  • From Dauin there will be one extended dive excursion to dive Apo Island
  • From Dauin there will be  1 or 2 excursions to dive Oslob with the Whale Sharks
  • There will be a Mountain school visit on the 16th of July
  • Families departing from Dauin to either the airport or Cabilao on July 17th.

Cabilao arrival and dinner on the 17th of July.

  • July 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st: Diving 3 dives per day
  • There will be a village school excursion one afternoon
  •  July 22: In the morning will have the chocolate hills, zip line and monkey tour with lunch and departure to TAG airport for flights to Manila.
  • A detailed schedule will be provided for your family dive vacation in the Philippines by Margo and Tom Peyton.
  • All diving is with Sea Explorers Dive operation in all locations.

Additional nights can be added to either location or extensions to Amun ini Resort or Malapascua.  Please contact Margo Peyton for more information 803-419-2556

Pura Vida Beach and Dive Resort and Pura Vida Homes. Dauin, Philippines.

We have blocked several villas at Pura Vida Homes. These one, two or three bedroom villas can easily accommodate families of 3 to 6 family members and are crafted from rich hardwoods and majestic views. One master bedroom with king bed and a second bedroom with 2 single beds in each of the 2 bedroom Villas. Full kitchens and living room with a balcony spanning the entire villa. Each overlooks the beautiful beach or 2 pools. There is a gym, spa and wedding chapel for those who may have another agenda.

There is a very modern feel to this resort and villas. Each villa has microwaves, coffee makers, and the most comfortable beds in all the Philippines, I am sure.

Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort has 27 rooms surrounded by a tropical garden. There are 5 different room categories: suite rooms, family deluxe rooms, deluxe rooms, and standard rooms. The standard rooms are located in the back of the resort with a beautiful garden view. All the other rooms are in the front part nicely arranged around the pool area near the beachfront. The restaurant is located on top of the Sea Explorers dive center directly at the beach. The beach bar, as well as the extended restaurant, are just beside the dive center near the pool area.

Suite Rooms: The 2 suite rooms are located on the first floor of the two-story buildings behind the deluxe rooms. The big balcony equipped with a small mini-bar – refrigerator and two sunbeds offer a nice view over the tropical garden towards the pool. The suite rooms have a living room furnished with a beautiful set made of high-quality bamboo. In the bedroom, you will find a big matrimonial bed and a flat-screen TV as well as a split air-con to cool down the suite to your preferred temperature. The spacious bathroom features a hot & cold water bathtub with whirlpool, shower, and a double basin sink.

Deluxe Rooms: The 12 deluxe rooms consist of 5 double bungalows and 2 single bungalows located around the pool and 1 double bungalow by the beachfront. The rooms are equipped with split air-con, flat screen TV, and minibar-refrigerator. 10 of the 12 rooms are furnished with 2 comfortable single beds which can be set up as a matrimonial bed, the other rooms have one double bed. The bathrooms feature a walk-in closet and a hot & cold shower. There is a relaxing garden or beach view from each of the deluxe room’s terraces.

Family Rooms: Giving families the opportunity having an accommodation to enjoy their vacation together the resort offers 3 different family deluxe rooms which all feature a nice terrace, hot & cold shower, air-condition, minibar refrigerator and TV. Two rooms are located on the ground floor of the suite room buildings directly behind the deluxe rooms. The Dolphin room is one big room furnished with 2 single beds and one matrimonial bed with a partial open partition and one bathroom with shower. The Blue Ring / Moorish Idol room are 2 rooms with a connecting door. Each room has its own bathroom. Moorish Idol has one big bed while Blue Ring is furnished with 2 single beds. The Hammerhead room is located in the back of the resort in a single bungalow. The big room offers a bar desk and two single beds. Almost any room request can be equipped with an additional single bed for a third person.

Standard Rooms: In the back of the resort you can find the 10 standard bamboo cottages. All the standard rooms are arranged in a U-shape offering a nice view from their balcony over the beautiful garden in the center. The rooms have either double or single beds and feature air-conditioning, TV, a safety deposit vault and an optional mosquito net. All the bathrooms are concrete and feature a hot & cold shower.

Vida Spa: Get your body pampered up after a day of diving in the resorts Vida Spa. Choose one of the 8 different massage treatments as well as a manicure and pedicure. Chill out and enjoy the relaxing ambiance during your treatment. The Spa also offers a sauna and a steam bath. You can have your treatments booked at your preferred time. There are also daytime specials, just inquire at the reception.

Vida Fit Gym and Fitness Center: Be fit with a smile is the slogan of our newly built fitness center in Dauin. Equipped with state of the art gym equipment made by Technogym, the gym also features air-conditioning, shower, and a changing room. For those who feel the need to do some cardio exercises, weightlifting, or simply just some stretching, the Vida Fit Gym, and fitness center is free for all our Pura Vida Beach Resort guests.


Cabilao Ocean Vida

The name says it all.  Set right on the water's edge. This resort has beautiful ocean view cliff side deluxe rooms and spacious suites as well as beach deluxe rooms sitting on the white sand. You will find this resort charming, small and full of culture. It's perfect for families. Each room has wifi, AC, and spectacular ocean views.

 

These are the rates for the July KSC weeks at Pura Vida Homes in Dauin and Pura Vida, Cabilao in the Philippines. We have also included rates for two add-on adventures to Malapascua (Thresher Shark adventure) and Bohol (Amuni ini Resort.)

Duain, Pura Vida HomesArrival date is July 10th and departure July 17th. 7 nights and 6 days of diving (17 dives) includes Oslob Whale Sharks, Apo Island, unlimited shore divingPrices do not include VAT
Room TypesDivers rates Non-diver
One bedroom, Pura Vida Resort Deluxe (Double Occupancy)$2,800$2,600
One bedroom, Vida Homes Condo (Triple)$2,900$2,525
Two bedrooms, Vida Homes Condo (Double Occupancy)$3,400$3,000
Two bedrooms, Vida Homes Condo (Triple)$3,000$2,900
Two bedrooms, Vida Homes Condo (Quad)$3,100$2,800
Three bedrooms, Vida Homes Villa (5 persons)$3,100$2,750
Three bedrooms, Vida Homes Villa (6 persons)$2,975$2,600
Seals & Sasy$2,600$2,600
Pura Vida, Cabilao Arrival date is July 17th and depart July 22nd
Room TypeDivers rateNon-diver
Deluxe Oceanview$2,550$2,250
Suites ( Only 3 available)$2,950$2,650
Seal & Sasy$2600$2600
ADD-ON Bohol, Amuni Ini ResortArrival date is Aug 5th depart Aug 8th. 3 nights and 2 days of diving.
Room TypeDivers rateNon-diver
Double (Occ)$1,400$1,100
Triple (Occ)$1,300$1,000
ADD-ON Ocean Vida, Malapasca, (Thresher Shark Adventure)Call Margo about this optional add on.
Room TypeDivers rateNon-diver
Ocean Front (dbl Occ.)$1,200$1,000
Ocean Front (Triple Occ.)$1,050$850

Diving with a smile with Sea Explorers

We dive with the best for family and that is with Sea Explorers, a PADI 5 Star IDC.  The Sea Explorers dive team is with us throughout our entire stay in the Philippines.  They provide top-notch service. This dive operation has plenty of smaller dive gear and tanks for adults and certified kids. The dive staff is well-trained for all levels of divers. They accommodated big rig photographers and first-time divers alike.

Each boat offers hot coffee and tea, and warm face cloths, fresh fruit, and baked bread when you returned from your dive. And to top it all off, you don't ever have to touch your gear accept to put it on and take it off.  It is rinsed and set up perfectly adorned atop your Nitrox tank,  awaiting your return.Heaven!

Nothing makes the staff happier on this trip than to see the smile on your faces, and I guess that’s why their tagline is “Dive with a smile” because they certainly do.

Dive Training

  • PADI SASY program: 6 mornings of activities from 8 am -1 pm daily. SASY kids keep fins, mask, and snorkel.
  • PADI SEAL TEAM: 6 mornings of activities from 8am-1pm daily includes all 5 aqua missions. SEAL kids keep fins, mask, and snorkel.
  • PADI Open WaterAll dives needed for certification (eLearning is not included.  For eLearning, you will have to pay PADI directly.  The link will be sent to you 4 weeks before departure to be completed prior to arrival.)
  • PADI Dive Master course: RSVP 14 DAYS REQUIRED $675 add-on to package price/Contact Margo 803.419.2556 for more information. PADI C Card, E: learning and Crew Pack included
  • PADI Dive Rescue Diver: RSVP $175 add-on to package price/Contact Margo 803.419.2556 for more information.PADI C Card, E: learning and Crew Pack included.
  • KSC certification: PADI has approved its first Kids Sea Diver Specialty course. The certification developed by PADI and KSC founder Margo Peyton is designed to make families that dive together to become better dive buddies. The certification is to assist parents and other adult family members who want to update and refresh some of the basic skill divers learned during previous dive training. The program provides education for those wanting to become more aware of environmental issues and concerns impacting the regions they are currently diving.
  • A KSC reboot, by going through the course a new Kids Sea Camp Diver will show mastery in both diving and be being a well-trained and confident parent and child buddy, team. Divers will have training and education in environmental stewardship and watermanship. There will be an emphasis throughout the course on safety, teamwork, and conservation.

The goals of the Kids Sea camp Diver distinctive specialty training:

  • Reinforcement of the “Good Buddy” principles and practices for adults and kids diving together.
  • Refresh divers with basic signs and skills learned in open water courses as well as updated skills and changes to technique since their certification.
  • Educate parents and adults about the benefits of continuing education in diving.
  • Encourage interest in leadership roles that promote responsible diving and safer dive planning.
  • Discuss local eco-issues and concerns, customs and traditions and how this has impacted the local environments. Example: Overfishing, land run-off, plastic introduction, depletion of marine animals.
  • Identify local environmental issues, discuss solutions and create awareness.

Digital photo course: Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated DSLR like the pros. PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old are eligible to take the Digital Underwater Photographer course. Because underwater photography is also popular with snorkelers, there is an option for avid snorkelers and skin divers to complete the course.

Nitrox course: The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no-decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver. If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Enriched Air Diver Specialty course. Note that in some regions the minimum age is older than 12.You’ll learn why diving with air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time, along with enriched air equipment considerations. During a practise session, and two optional (or required) scuba dives, you’ll:

  • Discuss managing oxygen exposure.
  • Practice analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank.
  • Set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.

You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Enriched Air Diver course – ask your instructor to learn more.

PADI Whale Shark Aware certification: Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea, yet are known as gentle giants with little known about their activities or population size. Research and monitoring programs are helping fill these knowledge gaps. Learn about whale shark biology, behavior and distribution. During two scuba dives or snorkeling excursions, practice passively observing these large creatures.

PADI Shark Aware certification: Sharks are crucial to marine ecosystems, yet sharks are in a global decline. Learn about the value of sharks and what is causing the rapid loss of shark populations. The course may include two scuba dives or may be presented as a non-diving education program. The first dive of this distinctive specialty course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

See more about Kids Sea Camp dive training

 

The Philippino feast

Pura Vida Restaurant: In the overlooking restaurant at the beach, the resort is serving its breakfast buffet. Pura Vida has also set up tables and chairs as well as a big group table at the beach where you can enjoy your lunch or a romantic dinner under the starry sky. The menu offers a wide range of meals from local menus through different Asian and European kitchen.

Pura Vida Beach Bar: At the Pura Vida Beach bar you can enjoy a wide range of tropical drinks and order some snacks. Directly beside the pool and at the beach, the staff will follow up your order and serve it while you enjoy your time on the sunbed.

Cabilao Ocean Vida:  This restaurant is located on the hill overlooking the sea.  Serving made to order breakfast, lunch from the menu and daily prepared dinner for the group with choices of fish, chicken, vegetarian and local dishes.

 

Contact Margo 803-419-2556 for information on getting to Dumaguette and Cabilao.

Other things to do at Pura Vida Homes

  • Photography
  • Fish id
  • Diving
  • Spa
  • Village tour
  • Culinary classes
  • Snorkeling
  • Volleyball
  • Site seeing
  • Gym
  • Yoga
  • Learn to dive