I completed my Open water license with New wave divers recently and had great time during whole course. Friendly stuff, nice place to dive.
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Our Facilities and Philosophy
New Wave Divers: Facilities and Philosophy
Boracay is the home of BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS, where your comfort and safety are our primary concerns. The full range of PADI experience programs and courses are offered here, from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster. For certified divers, we organize dive trips to nearby islands like Maniguin, Carabao and Panay, as well as daily dives around Boracay. Best of all, we guarantee small groups on every dive, with fully personalized service.
When you stay at Cocomangas Beach Resort, Blue Lilly Villa, One Crescent Place Hotel, Hey Jude Resort, Boracay Holiday Resort, Jony's or At Home Bed and Breakfast, you can avail of the Free Scuba Trial, an ideal introduction to scuba diving.
New Wave Divers is located on the beach, beside Guilly's Island Bar and Restaurant in the Station 1 area-- about a minute's walk from Cocomangas, Blue Lilly, One Crescent Place and Boracay Breeze, or five minutes' drive from White House and Boracay Holiday. Our facilities include:
Speed Boat for up to 6 divers for small parties
Comfortable Outrigger Dive Boat with space for up to 20 divers
Portable DVD Players so that you can watch the instructional videos in the comfort of your hotel room
PADI Books and Reference Materials for student divers
Confined Water Training right in front of our dive center or in a pool
Shower and Equipment Rinsing Areas
First Aid Kit and Emergency Oxygen with and AED
We conduct diving equipment inspections and maintenance regularly:
WE ALSO PROVIDE NITROX
REGULATORS AQUA LUNG CALYPSO Axis with metric gauge
REGULATORS Scubapro MK2+ R190 with imperial gauge
BCDs AQUA LUNG WAVE sizes XS, S, M, L and XL
WETSUITS Mares Tropic 3mm full suit sizes 1 to 7
WETSUITS AQUA LUNG 3mm shorty sizes XS,S,M,L
TANKS Luxfer 80 cu. ft. with yoke valve (DIN adaptors available for rent)
DIGITAL CAMERA with underwater housing Canon Powershot SD75
GIFT SHOP scuba gear and accessories, snorkeling equipment for sale and rent, waterproof cameras, etc.
We also arrange island boat tours, snorkeling, banana rides, tube rides, jetskiing, wakeboarding, waterskiing,
Flyfish rides, parasailing, kayaking, kiteboarding and windsurfing.
Boracay Island: Description of Boracay
Boracay Island is a tiny patch of paradise about seven kilometers long and only one kilometer wide at its narrow midriff. It is surrounded by the finest white sand beaches you will ever see. The main beach, or White Beach as it is commonly known, is located on the western side of the island. It is about four kilometers long and it is where most establishments are located.
Boracay is located off the northwest corner of Panay—a large triangular island in the Philippines. It is part of the province of Aklan which is famous for its piña cloth and Ati-atihan Festival. Boracay’s largest villages or barangays are Manoc-manoc, Balabag and Yapak. The total land area is approximately 1,000 hectares.
Walking along the White Beach of Boracay is a treat for the senses. There's the spectacular aquamarine waters fringed by talc-like sand on one side, and then there's the parade of shops, restaurants and resorts on the other. Here you will find everything you need to make your stay on Boracay Island comfortable and memorable.
Shopping is a very popular activity in Boracay Island. Besides the usual souvenir t-shirts, one can also find handicrafts, paintings, jewelry, garments and even furniture! Bargaining is expected and makes up half the fun of shopping.
Since Boracay is a major destination of visitors from all over the world, it is not surprising that authentic international cuisine can be found everywhere. A gastronomic adventure awaits the hungry beachcomber, but whichever restaurant you end up in, don't forget to order a fresh fruit shake - definitely a part of the Boracay experience! Just ask for the fruit flavor currently in season.
For those who wish to really get away from it all, 15 minutes of brisk walking is all it takes to escape to the other, more peaceful but equally beautiful beaches of Boracay Island. Visit Puka Shell, Ilig-Iligan, Punta Bunga, Balinghai, Diniwid and Bulabog beaches to catch a glimpse of Boracay as it was just a few decades ago.
A myriad of activities is available for those who wish to do more than laze around in the sun. Bike excursions, sailboat tours, horseback riding, jet skiing and massages can be arranged. And of course, there’s scuba diving.
Diving in Boracay
Scuba Diving: Diving Conditions Around Boracay
The Philippines has only two seasons: Dry and wet. The dry season is from December to June. Surface temperatures average 25 degrees Celsius from December to February, and can go as high as 38 degrees from March until June.
The wet season is from July until November, with temperatures on the surface ranging from 28 to 30 degrees Celsius.
The year-round average water temperature of Boracay is about 28 degrees Celsius. The coldest it ever gets is 21 degrees Celsius at 30 meters depth in December to February. The warmest months are April and May when the water temperature can reach highs of 32 degrees Celsius.
Visibility at Boracay’s dive sites seems to be directly related to the water temperature. During the warm summer months (April to June), visibility can reach 30 to 50 meters, while in the colder season (December to February), it can be only 5 to 10 meters. A yearly plankton and algae bloom seems to be responsible for reduced visibility from December to February. Year-round average is 15 to 20 meters.
Currents along the “longer” parts of Boracay Island—east and west—are quite mild, which make the dive sites along these areas ideal for beginners or training. The currents at the northern channel between Boracay and Carabao Island, and the southern channel between Boracay and Panay Island can be fierce at times. For this reason, tide tables are consulted during dive planning.
The bottom composition of Boracay at any depth is fine white sand, which reflects sunlight and makes surroundings very bright during dives. Just watch your buoyancy to avoid “sandstorms” underwater!
There are two predominant winds: Habagat or southwest monsoon, and Amihan or northeast monsoon. We schedule dives on the west side of the island during Amihan season (December to February), and on the east side during Habagat (July to September). It is possible to dive here all year round, although a few dive sites may not be accessible during the monsoon season. Most of the year, though, surface conditions are generally calm.
In terms of marine life, the Philippines is considered a biodiversity hotspot. More species occur in this region than in any other part of the tropical reef world. Boracay has gained a solid reputation for macro photography because of the abundance of small critters such as pipefish, gobies, and nudibranchs, as well as the usual colorful reef fishes like damsels, angelfish, wrasses, squirrelfish and cardinals. Parrotfish, emperors, triggerfish and groupers generally reside in 15 to 20 meter deep water, while pelagics like sharks, tunas, trevallies and rays are commonly sighted in the deeper dive sites like Yapak and Camia. Coral growth is very healthy and spectacular in areas with steady current, such as Crocodile and Laurel.
The Philippines has only two seasons: Dry and wet. The dry season is from December to June. Surface temperatures average 25 degrees Celsius from December to February, and can go as high as 38 degrees from March until June. This is also the peak tourist season, as most sunworshippers take advantage of the pleasant weather.
The wet season is from July until November, with temperatures on the surface ranging from 28 to 30 degrees Celsius.
An average of 20 typhoons or tropical storms sweep through the Philippines each year, usually in the wet season from July to November. Boracay very rarely experiences a direct hit, however. Most typhoons graze the eastern part of the Philippines and go north towards Taiwan.
The Philippines has very high humidity. This means that brief rainshowers can occur anytime, but since the weather doesn’t matter underwater, scuba diving is a popular year-round activity.
A special note about monsoons: From November to March, the northeast monsoon, or amihan, blows across Boracay, creating optimum conditions for windsurfing and kiteboarding along the eastern shore. Winds are usually strongest from late December to early February. During these months, diving is limited to the western side of Boracay.
The habagat, or southwest monsoon, affects Boracay from July to October, sometimes creating 2-meter waves on the western side of the island. Scuba diving is restricted to Boracay’s eastern part during this period.
The electricity on Boracay Island is 220v AC, 60 cycles.
While the power company, AKELCO, is currently upgrading its services, power failures, locally called "brownouts", are still common, so in choosing a place to stay, be sure to ask if they can ensure 24-hour power.
Bottled drinking water is available at all resorts, restaurants and grocery stores on Boracay Island. In some establishments, tap water is not potable. Be sure to ask before you drink. Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration.
Mosquitoes are not really a problem, but they do become aggressive around sunset time. We recommend that you use insect repellent when you go outdoors.
Metropolitan Doctors Medical Clinic and Island Clinic have doctors on call 24 hours a day. House calls can be arranged on request. Farmacia Gomez and Harlem Drugstore are two of the largest pharmacies on Boracay.
For scuba divers, hyperbaric physician Dr. Maria Cristina Teotico can be contacted at the Metropolitan Doctors Medical Clinic. The nearest recompression chamber is one hour away at Saint Patrick’s Hospital in Batangas City.
The Philippine peso is divided into 100 centavos. Banknotes are available in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000. The most common coins are 25 centavos, one peso, five pesos and ten pesos.
The larger business establishments accept all major credit cards and traveler’s cheques, although some places may add a surcharge for credit card payments. Cash payments in Philippine peso, US dollars or Euro are commonly accepted.
Three banks-- Allied Bank, located on the main road between Boat Stations 2 and 3, and Bank of the Philippine Islands and Metro Bank, also on the main road near D’Mall-- offer full banking services including foreign currency exchange of bank notes and traveler's cheques. All have ATMs on-site.
Cirrus, Maestro, American Express and Mastercard cardholders can also withdraw cash at these ATMs, but due to high demand, funds may not be readily available.
Post and Communications
There is a small post office at Balabag Plaza, open on weekdays only. The Boracay Tourist Center also has a faster but costlier postal service. Parcels may be sent via LBC or JRS Express.
There are many internet cafes on Boracay. Most offer broadband connections. Inso Internet Café and Tourist Center Intenet are just two of the larger ones. New Wave Divers provides free Wi-fi access to our customers. There are also many Wi-fi hotspots around Boracay.
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