Camiguin Dive Festival Celebrates All-Time High Dive Record
The 1st Camiguin Dive Festival has already hit more than 300 dives and continues to drive more divers deep into Camiguin’s underwater treasures.
Mambajao, Camiguin, August 17, 2019– After seven weeks since the 1st Camiguin Dive Festival was launched in June 23, 2019, the festival has already recorded about 360 dives as of August 14, according to the Provincial Tourism Office of Camiguin.
Swedish Dive Master Julia Nilsson enjoying her dive in Camiguin’s underworld. Photo by: Bo Mancao
The festival, now on its 8th week has attracted divers and underwater photographers from all over the country. Some international diving enthusiasts from Spain, Sweden, Australia, Korea, Russia & the UK also participated in the said event.
Camiguin Dive Festival is the first of its kind in Northern Mindanao. It is a project of the Provincial Government of Camiguin and supported by the Department of Tourism-Region 10. It aims to showcase the hardly-seen dive sites of the island. Moreover, it also strengthens its cause in promoting responsible and sustainable tourism.
International divers hosted by Black Beach Divers. Photo by: Axel Brode
Divers were wowed by the rich marine life of Camiguin. As a volcanic island, everyone who came were treated to unique diving environments like Black Coral Forest, a sunken cemetery and lava-formed pinnacles, among many others.
One of the highlights of the festival is the Underwater Photography Competition. With its underworld spectacle, photographers who had gone underneath said they truly had wonderful time capturing Camiguin’s luminescent seascape.
The contest has excited many underwater photographers that the deadline of submission of entries is moved to August 28, 2019 instead of August 23.
Underwater photographers hosted by Ajis Camiguin Adventures gear up for the underwater show. Photo by: Fra-and Quimpo
It also sparked interests in many tourists to try dive lessons in Camiguin. In fact, many of its first-time divers are coming back with friends and families not only to dive but also to enjoy the other exciting sights in the island.
Newbie divers learn from the pros at Scuba de Oro. Photo by Vladimir Elazegui
The Camiguin Dive Festival also owes its success to the massive support of the various dive centers in the island: Ajis Camiguin Adventures, Black Beach Divers, Camiguin Soul Divers, Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat and Dive Resort, Johnny’s Dive N’ Fun, Kurma Eco Beach Lodge and Scuba de Oro.
All of Camiguin’s dive center partners are duly certified by the Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD). It is the government commission tasked at ensuring the compliance with safety, rules and operating procedures in executing the development of sports scuba diving in the country.
Camiguin down under. Photo by: Fra-and Quimpo
They were granted accreditation before the launch of the dive tourism program commenced last June. The Department of Tourism-Region 10 also certifies them as legitimate tourism entities.
Furthermore, the festival is also supported by SkyJet by giving participants free 30-kilo baggage allowance when they fly to Camiguin to dive. This offer is available until August 31.
It’s richer under than you imagined. Photo by: Bo Mancao
Camiguin Dive Festival offers 30% discount on dive sessions and 15% discount on dive lessons.
With 2 more weeks left before the Camiguin Dive Festival closes on August 31, more divers continue to arrive in the island in droves. The Provincial Tourism Office hopes to seal its first run with a hundred more.