Typically when renting, you will be provided with mask and snorkel, BCD, regulator, wetsuit and fins. Dive computers are also available for rent and we would urge you to use them at all times. Flashlights are widely available as well. Some dive centres will provide full foot fins and others the open heel type. The majority of shops will carry all equipment sizes from XS through to XXL but if you have any size requirements that you think may not be carried by a centre here then you are advised to consider bringing equipment with you.
Needless to say, weight belts and full tanks are included in the quoted prices. Unless stated the tank fills are with normal air. The use of Nitrox is widespread throughout the country and the cost of fills varies from resort to resort but you can expect to pay between $3 USD - $8 USD extra per dive for using Nitrox. All rental equipment is Nitrox compatible, should you have any queries please discuss these with dive centre staff on arrival.
If you are bringing your own equipment then you will probably want to know what wet suit to bring. Really, it’s about what you feel comfortable wearing. Most people wear 3mm – 5mm shorties or full suits and find them just right. The tougher ones maintain they only need a rash vest and shorts and those that feel the cold will claim that hoods are important.
To be honest we would like to ask people to avoid wearing gloves as much as possible as this encourages some to rest their hands on fragile surfaces. However, if you plan to do some wreck diving then you might ask your dive leader if gloves are advisable and we would also recommend that you bring along a full suit for better skin protection.
If your equipment is DIN configured then we would urge you to pack your own adaptor.
Your dive leaders will carry everything with them that is expected but if you have your own computer, flashlight, compass, knife, surface marker balloon (or other signalling device), whistle etc then do bring those with you as well.
Trips on the dive boats vary considerably in terms of time but it is a good plan to pack into a waterproof bag a towel or sarong, sun block and sun glasses, a hat and something warm to wear and carry it on the boat with you. If non-divers are coming as well they might also like to take books to read and snorkelling gear (use at the discretion of the resort staff).
The Philippines electrical supply runs on 220 volts / 60 hertz. Plugs and sockets are usually the two flat blade type but you may occasionally find some sockets that take two round blades. Adaptors can be purchased here but if you are a bit short for time then pack an adaptor in your bag prior to departure.
If you are planning to start any diving course you will be required to fill out a medical declaration prior to the commencement of the course. If you have, or suspect that you have, a condition that may require medical clearance to allow you to dive then we would urge you to have your personal Doctor or Physician complete a certificate for you prior to departure and bring the hard copy with you. Not doing so may cause huge disappointment if you are not allowed to dive, equally, finding approval and clearance from a local Doctor can be expensive and time consuming. The same advice applies to certified divers who are simply planning fun dives.