Bluegrass Dive Club
Lexington, Kentucky

January 23rd to 30th, 2016 - Cebu, Philippines
January 30th to February 6th, 2016 - Mindoro, Philippines

Important Note:  This is a two week (more counting travel), two resort dive trip.  You will have the option to sign up for either or both of these locations to create a one+ or two+ week adventure.  Also note:  "Week" in this case may mean 8 to 9 days when you add in the travel so plan carefully.

Trip Leader:

For Questions Regarding Trip
Doug Geddes
(859) 224-3197


For Questions Regarding Payments
Dan Miller
(859) 948-5133


Click here ===> To fill out and submit your reservation.
Please Note: Your reservation is not accepted until a trip deposit has been received by the Treasurer.  Please mail your deposit to:
     Dan Miller
     824 Gunpowder Drive
     Lexington, KY 40509-1754
Click here ===>
If you wish to CANCEL an existing reservation


January 23rd thru 30th, 2016 for Kasai Village Beach Resort, Cebu, Philippines
January 30th thru February 6th, 2016 for El Galleon Resort, Mindoro, Philippines

Please note that travel dates and optional additional side trips may extend this date range.


January 23rd thru 30th, 2016

Kasai Village Beach Resort - Click for website

Tuble, Moalboal, Cebu
6032 Philippines
Telephone: (+63) 516 2617

Fax: (+63) 474 0551

January 30th thru February 6th, 2016

El Galleon Beach Resort - Click for website
Small La Laguna Beach, Puerto Galera
Oriental Mindoro, 5203 Philippines
: (+63) 432-873205

Dive Operator:

January 23rd thru 30th, 2016

Kasai Village Beach Resort - Click for website


January 30th thru February 6th, 2016

El Galleon Beach Resort - Click for website
Asia Divers - Click for website
: (+63) 917-8145107


No Club Group Air available - Please secure own reservations

Because we have group transfers, all participants we will need to arrive and depart from the Philippines at similar times.  Doug and/or Ultimate Travel will make flight recommendations.


This itinerary is for illustration only.

Date: From: To: Flight: Leave: Arrive:
23 JAN 16
30 JAN 16
Dive and Dine Kasai Village
30 JAN 16
06 FEB 16
Dive and Dine El Galleon




These cost figures are accurate (except those marked estimate) but not to the penny.  Some are rounded.  Your final cost will be determined by the club treasurer.

Included in the price Kasai Village Resort:
  - All meals
  - 3 boat dives per day - 6 days
  - Unlimited shore diving

Included in the price El Galleon Resort:
  - All meals
  - Unlimited boat dives per day - 6 days

Not included in the price:
  - Over night in Cebu, if needed on arrival - it's too early to see flight schedules
  - bar tab
  - Nitrox
Kasai Village Resort - per person dbl occupancy


El Galleon Resort - per person dbl occupancy


Flight from Cebu to Manila - necessary if taking both resort packages


Transfer round trip between Cebu airport and Kasai Village Resort


Transfer round trip between Manila airport and El Galleon Resort


Air Fare (Estimate Only - Doug is working with Travel Agent on flight  recommendations) $1,400.00
Trip Administration Fee (non-refundable) $10.00
Click here ===> To access BGDC Trip Refund Policy


Payment schedule for resort portion of trip only
Due Date Kasai Village
El Galleon
Initial Deposit due at signup $250.00 $250.00 $500.00
2nd Payment due June 15th, 2015 $500.00 $300.00 $800.00
3rd Payment due September 15th, 2015 $500.00 $300.00 $800.00
Final Payment due November 15th, 2015
(Will include Transfers and any misc fees - you will receive an invoice from Club Treasurer.)
$400.00+ $275.00+ $675.00+
Additional payments for optional side trips or additions will be determined and communicated at a later date.

Dead Lines:


Cancellation - Club policy is you will not be charged for cancellation as long as the club does not lose anything.  After 11/15/2015 we are subject to some fees from the resorts that cannot be recovered.

CLICK HERE to review the BGDC Refund Policy

Trip Limit:

Approximately 20 persons per resort


Trip is open for sign-up. 

Dive Activity

Dive Activity Waiver is now an integral part of the reservation form.  You must agree to the waiver in order to submit your reservation.  To review click here ===>

Trip Insurance:

Click here ===> To view information about Dive Emergency Assistance and Trip Insurance from a Bluegrass Dive Club partner.

Shirt Design:

Shirt Back

Shirt Front

Standards & Plug

220 Volt AC (Alternating Current) 60 HZ (Cycles)

Plug Type "A"

Plug Type "B"

Plug Type "C"

Plug Type "A" is the most common (Click on a link, above, for more info)
Note: Most newer electrical  devices (Camera battery chargers, Laptops, iPads, iPods, Phone chargers) and many other devices can accept 100VAC to 240VAC, 50-60 HZ.  Be sure to look closely at the sticker or power requirement stamp on the device or charger to check.  If it only says 110 VAC you will need a transformer.


Flag of Philippines


History of the Philippines

The history of the Philippines is believed to have begun with the arrival of the first humans using rafts or primitive boats, at least 67,000 years ago as the 2007 discovery of Callao Man showed. The first recorded visit from the West is the arrival of Ferdinand Magellan, who sighted the island of Samar Island on March 16, 1521 and landed on Homonhon Island (now part of Guiuan, Eastern Samar province) the next day. Homonhon Island is southeast of Samar Island.

Before Magellan arrived, Negrito tribes inhabited the isles, who were subsequently joined and largely supplanted by migrating groups of Austronesians. This population had stratified into hunter-gatherer tribes, warrior societies, petty plutocracies and maritime-oriented harbor principalities which eventually grew into kingdoms, rajahnates, principalities, confederations and sultanates. The Philippine islands were greatly influenced by Hindu religions, literature and philosophy from India in the early centuries of the Christian era. States included the Indianized Rajahnate of Butuan and Cebu, the dynasty of Tondo, the august kingdoms of Maysapan and Maynila, the Confederation of Madyaas, the sinified Country of Mai, as well as the Muslim Sultanates of Sulu and Maguindanao. These small maritime states flourished from the 1st millennium. These kingdoms traded with what are now called China, India, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia.The remainder of the settlements were independent Barangays allied with one of the larger states.

Spanish colonization and settlement began with the arrival of Miguel López de Legazpi's expedition on February 13, 1565 who established the first permanent settlement of San Miguel on the island of Cebu.The expedition continued northward reaching the bay of Manila on the island of Luzon on June 24, 1571, where they established a new town and thus began an era of Spanish colonization that lasted for more than three centuries.

Spanish rule achieved the political unification of almost the whole archipelago, that previously had been composed by independent kingdoms, pushing back south the advancing Islamic forces and creating the first draft of the nation that was to be known as the Philippines. Spain also introduced Christianity, the code of law and the oldest modern Universities in Asia.

The Spanish East Indies were ruled as part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain and administered from Mexico City from 1565 to 1821, and administered directly from Madrid, Spain from 1821 until the end of the Spanish–American War in 1898, except for a brief period of British rule from 1762 to 1764. They founded schools, a university, and some hospitals, principally in Manila and the largest Spanish fort settlements. Universal education was made free for all Filipino subjects in 1863 and remained so until the end of the Spanish colonial era. This measure was at the vanguard of contemporary Asian countries, and led to an important class of educated natives, like José Rizal. Ironically, it was during the initial years of American occupation in the early 20th century, that Spanish literature and press flourished.

The Philippine Revolution against Spain began in August 1896, culminating the establishment of the First Philippine Republic. However, the Treaty of Paris, at the end of the Spanish–American War, transferred control of the Philippines to the United States. This agreement was not recognized by the insurgent First Philippine Republic Government which, on June 2, 1899, proclaimed a Declaration of War against the United States. The Philippine–American War which ensued resulted in massive casualties. Philippine president Emilio Aguinaldo was captured in 1901 and the U.S. government declared the conflict officially over in 1902.

The U.S. had established a military government in the Philippines on August 14, 1898, following the capture of Manila. Civil government was inaugurated on July 1, 1901. An elected Philippine Assembly was convened in 1907 as the lower house of a bicameral legislature. Commonwealth status was granted in 1935, preparatory to a planned full independence from the United States in 1946. Preparation for a fully sovereign state was interrupted by the Japanese occupation of the islands during World War II. After the end of the war, the Treaty of Manila established the Philippine Republic as an independent nation.

With a promising economy in the 1950s and 1960s, the Philippines in the late 1960s and early 1970s saw a rise of student activism and civil unrest against President Ferdinand Marcos who declared martial law in 1972. The peaceful and bloodless People Power Revolution of 1986, however, brought about the ousting of Marcos and a return to democracy for the country. The period since then was marked by political instability and hampered economic productivity. However, economic growth has gained pace in recent years to become one of the highest in Asia; as such the Philippines has been labeled one of the Next Eleven countries due to promising future growth.

Map of the Philippines

Links to information on:

Kasai Village Resort - Accommodations for week 1
El Galleon Resort - Accommodations for week 2
Asia Divers - Dive operator at El Galleon Resort
Map of the Island of Mindoro - Includes Oriental & Occidental Mindoro
Map of the Island of Cebu -
Unites Airlines - Flight transportation (Continental merged with United)
Delta Airlines - Flight transportation
Philippine Government - On-line portal
- History, Geography, Government and Culture
U.S. State Department - Consular Information Sheet - Philippines
Embassy of the United States of America - Manila, Philippines
Embassy of Philippines in America - Washington DC, USA
Centers for Disease Control - Health information for Philippines
Time in The Philippines  
Weather in the Philippines

CIA World Factbook
- Philippines

Time Zones in the Pacific


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