When to go
The climate in this part of the Philippines is tropical with an average year-round temperature of 30șC and water temperatures of about 28 - 30șC. From October to May it is always hot and dry, whereas the cooler and more humid months are from June to September. During the latter season it usually rains only occasionally, mostly in short and heavy showers during late afternoon or night time.

It should also be noted that this part of Negros is outside the typhoon belt and therefore a year round destination to visit.

Getting there
There are daily flights to Cebu with a number of airlines with a total flight time of about 15 hours, excluding short stopovers in respective hub cities. From Cebu you will be picked up by a resort representative to take you by car and ferry to the resort in Zamboanguita, a total journey time of about 3 hours.

If you are on a 2-centre trip, coming from a different island in the Philippines, please ask us for the transfer details.

Getting around
Apart from private taxis, which can be comparatively quite expensive, the only way to travel along this stretch of coastline and into the city of Dumaguete is by Jeepney, the local busses. You can haul them down on the main road and get from A-B for literally pennies.

Entry Requirements
For stays of up to 21 days, most European community nationals require a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity from the date of arrival, as well as a return ticket.

Local Airport Tax
The international departure tax is P850 (Manila) and P550 (Cebu), payable at the airports

The national language is Filipino, which is based on the language of Tagalog, and there are at least one or two dialects spoken in every region, the main one in the Visayas being Cebuano. The Philippines is currently the third-largest English speaking country in the world and English is both spoken and understood throughout the country.

The official currency is the Philippine Peso. Most foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, hotels and authorised foreign exchange dealers. In the larger cities, Traveller's cheques are widely accepted, as are all major credit cards. However, on Negros and apart from withdrawing cash from ATM machines, the Philippine Peso is the preferred and recommended form of payment. The resorts only accept cash (USD, EUR or Peso)

There are no vaccinations required to enter the Philippines, though Hepatitis A&B are generally recommended. Even though the Philippines is a tropical country with some of the usual tropical diseases, we can assure you that with a few basic precautions you will be unlikely to experience anymore than maybe jetlag, an upset stomach or a sunburn. Take some insect repellent for the sunset hours with you and make sure you drink only bottled water, which is readily available pretty much everywhere.

Dive Centres
Easy Diving

Thalatta Resort

Time: GMT +8 hours
Language: Filipino
Currency: Philippine Peso
Weather: Cebu

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