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Whispering Palms Island Resort

Whispering Palms Island Resort

3 star hotel
Sipaway Island, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
17 rooms
FREE Internet

Sipaway Divers

dive center
Onsite Show address

Sipaway Island, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Package highlights

  • Whispering Palms Island Resort offers a house reef, PADI dive center, two bars, two restaurants and a salt water pool, all on a beautiful beachfront
  • The cozy rooms are dotted around quiet gardens, creating a little oasis of calm, only 100 m from the beach
  • Macro lovers will enjoy spotting nudibranchs, mandarin fish, pygmy seahorses, ghost pipefish, and knifefish - as well as 300 types of soft and hard coral
  • 25 dive sites are all easily accessible from the onsite dive center, and there's something to suit all levels
  • Between dives, head out an excursion to the Chocolate Hills of Negros, or relax with a massage to the sound of the waves
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Dates & Prices

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You only need to pay 48h after your booking is confirmed.

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10% CHEAPER on average than booking rooms & diving direct.
EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS such as free DAN dive insurance.
24/7 EXPERT DIVING ADVICE from travel agents who are all divers.
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Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 20% (downpayment)
  • 44 days before trip start: 80% (balance)

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 5% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 21 days prior to arrival
  • 55% will be charged if you cancel between 21 and 8 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 8 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Whispering Palms Island Resort

Best dive sites in Cebu

Talima – This reef and wall dive is a firm favourite of many Cebu divers due to the healthy, vibrant corals and abundant fish life. Look out for groupers, oriental sweetlips, schooling batfish, jacks and snappers. The remains of the small wreck are teeming with marine life. Nalusuan Island – This marine protected area offers world-class corals, a colourful shallow reef top and a steep slope. The biodiversity is impressive with schooling snappers, trevally, grouper and barracuda as well as a plethora of reef fish. Look out for stingrays, passing sea turtles and even a mermaid statue. This is a stunning dive from start to safety stop. Hilutongan Island – Kaleidoscopic corals, incredible fish biomass, turtles, schooling giant trevally, snapper, jacks and sweetlips are all highlights of this marine sanctuary dive site. The colourful topography, clear waters and calm conditions make this site suitable for all divers and a must for wide-angle photographers. Monad Shoal – Located in Malapascua, in Cebu’s north, this submerged sea mount is one of Cebu’s most famous dive sites and the best spot for thresher sharks sightings. Diving here is either a “swimming dive” or on a stationary line waiting for the sharks to approach. Close encounters with these incredible predators are not unusual. It’s a thrilling dive. Pescador Island - Located in Moalboal, in Cebu’s south-west, this protected marine park is one of the most famous dive spots in the area for good reasons. Underwater, this small island is a diver’s playground with tunnels, caverns and swim throughs. Fish life is abundant here and you’ll find white tip reef sharks, schooling barracudas, sardines, jacks and occasional thresher sharks. The diversity and mass of reef fish is breathtaking.
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What to see

Big and small, Cebu has it all. At Monad Shoal in Malapascua, dive at dawn to see the beautiful thresher shark, which rises from the depths to visit the cleaning station almost every day. Oceanic manta rays also like to visit this cleaning station. Around Malapascua, find seahorses, mandarinfish, pipefish, moray eels and other critters. Gato Island is popular for its whitetip sharks. At Kimud Shoal, you could get lucky and see a huge school of scalloped hammerhead sharks.

Moalboal has regular sightings of sardines forming large schools that attract predators like blackfin trevally. You might also spend time with whale sharks coming to feed in the nutrient rich waters. At Mactan, a myriad of small critters can be found along with sharks and turtles at the outer reefs. There have been sightings of thresher sharks at Olango as well but not on a regular basis.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • More than 300 different types of soft and hard corals make this area a divers paradise, especially for those who love macro
  • Spot everything from nudibranchs to mandarin fish, pygmy seahorses to ghost pipefish, and knifefish to shrimp
  • The diving season runs year-round, the water temperatures rarely drop below 27°C and the visibility ranges from 5-20 m, depending on weather
  • Choose from the easily-accessible house reef and 25 other dive sites - there's something to suit everyone

Description

Sipaway Divers immerses you in a world of impressive ocean-bottom ecology and thriving coral reefs.

The dive sites around Sipaway offer something special for everyone. There are 25 known dive sites to date, as well as many other places to explore. The Sipaway Divers team will show you the best coral reefs and go in search of various sea creatures. These diverse Filipino species are great for hobbyists and professional underwater photographers alike. 

Among the warm tropical waters at 27 to 30 °C, bright yellow fin jackfish and clown dome parrot fish swarm over coral reefs. With over 300 soft coral reefs, it's a paradise for any diver.

Enjoy a variety of spectacular diving in shallow areas and cliffs covered with hard, soft coral reefs. Some of the diving beaches on Sipaway Island are well-protected and offer beautiful scenery for underwater photographers as well as for macro fans.

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DIVING SERVICES

PADI® Courses Available

  • Project Aware Specialties
  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Underwater Propulsion Vehicle
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Beach Front Location
  • House Reef
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Filipino
  • Italian

Diving gear

  • Din/Int Adapters
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Filling Station

PADI membership level

  • Padi Dive Resort

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Resort Amenities

Sports & Watersports

  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Ping Pong
  • Darts
  • Cycling

Activities

  • Sandbank
  • Book Swap/Library
  • Island Hopping
  • Cultural Excursions

Great for families

  • Kids Pool
  • Kids Playground

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Beach Front
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Garden
  • Games Room
  • Equipment For Kids

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Camera Station
  • Air-Conditioning

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services

Food & drink

  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Payments

  • Cash (Local Currency)

Resort Description

Whispering Palms Island Resort is the only dive resort on Sipaway Island and sits on the seafront, with its own house reef.

This bungalow resort has 14 rooms in typical Philippine style, all set in a tropical palm-tree garden - a true oasis of tranquillity. A private 100 m trail leads you straight to the beach.

There are two bars and two restaurants in the resort itself, including a rooftop après-dive bar and a grill house right on the seafront. 

Between dives you can cool off in the salt water pool, swing in a hammock strung up between palms, or head to Buddha's View for a massage over the water.

How to get there

Arrival

  • Both Bacolod-Silay International Airport and Cebu International Airport are around a two hour drive from the resort. 
  • Select your desired pick-up airport at the check-out stage to add a transfer to your booking (additional cost, advance notice required).
  • Check-in time is 12 noon, though the team endeavour to make sure your room is available upon arrival. 

Departure

  • Check-out time is 10 am. 
  • The resort will arrange a driver to take you back to either Bacolod-Silay International Airport or Cebu International Airport (advance notice required, additional cost). 

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