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BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

Tel: +63 36 288 5265
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4.81 / 5

based on 99 reviews - 98% of reviewers would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS to a friend




About BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

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
Other services:

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.

OUR ISLAND

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.
Tourist Information

Climate

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.

Electricity

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.

Health

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.

Money

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.


Languages

English, German, French, CHINESE, RUSSIAN, TAGALOG, VISAYAN


Affiliations

PADI


Services

Guided dive tours, Boat diving, Shore diving, Dive training, Equipment rental, Travel booking service, Diver certifications


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written on Jan 21, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland

Added Jan 21, 2016

5/5 stars

Great diving experience

I completed my Open water license with New wave divers recently and had great time during whole course. Friendly stuff, nice place to dive.

Tomas would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Tomas

Gender : Male

from Pollestad

written on Oct 26, 2015 in Kleppe, Norway

Added Oct 26, 2015

5/5 stars

FANTASTIC

The dive we had with New Wave Divers was great! Our dive master David was super nice! This was my third time and my boyfriends second time, but David was fair enough to let us off the leash since he saw that we had things under control :) Don't misunderstand, he frequently checked on us. This was not like a lot of other dive centers in Boracay, where you take a couple of pictures, and you're done in 20-30 minutes. We're going back in January, and hopefully we'll get to do the open water course with NWD :)

Sara and Henrik would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Sara and Henrik

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20

from Portland, OR USA

written on Oct 23, 2015 in Portland, United States

Added Oct 23, 2015

5/5 stars

Awesome experience!

We took the 3 day course to learn to be a certified open water diver on our honeymoon and LOVED it! Our instructor, Wilson, was a great teacher and everyone else who worked at New Wave was really friendly and fun. I definitely recommend this company and would use them in the future again. Thanks New Wave for being awesome :)

Taylor would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Taylor

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20

from Shanghai

written on Oct 17, 2015 in Walnut, United States

Added Oct 18, 2015

5/5 stars

PADI Certified!

My husband and I signed up to get our PADI open water certification with new wave divers in September 2015. We planned a very last minute trip and had extremely prompt and informative correspondence with Lynette to make sure our requests and questions were all confirmed. It was an amazing trip and our instructor was also great - patient and flexible. Would highly recommend for diving in Boracay!

angela.m.lim would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About angela.m.lim

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  :  Videography

from Singapore

written on Sep 24, 2015 in Singapore, Singapore

Added Sep 24, 2015

5/5 stars

Thumbs up from Singapore!

Such a great experience with them and they're all so friendly! You'll definitely won't regret coming here. Thumbs up mi amigos!

Khai would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Khai

Gender : Male
Age : <20
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  :  Free diving

from Iloilo City

written on Sep 16, 2015 Philippines

Added Sep 16, 2015

5/5 stars

Unforgettable - for the rest of my life

I never thought my experience at BINWD would be this memorable. The girls debbie and Sheila and the boat men are very friendly... above all else, my instructor David de Gorter, is just beyond amazing! He made learning fun and easy. I will never ever forget him. I am sure that I will be coming back, as diving with him has been really exciting! I will always recommend the shop and David to my friends. Thank you very much guys!

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Harlequin_angel would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Harlequin_angel

Gender : Female
Age : 30-39
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  :  Photography

from Sherborne, UK

written on Sep 13, 2015 in Singapore, Singapore

Added Sep 14, 2015

5/5 stars

A great experience and a well organised team at New Wave Divers

My son and I did our Advanced Open Water course with New Wave Divers on Boracay Island and it was as great experience. We both felt that the team looked after us well and David, our instructor, was very professional and knowledgeable. Apart from getting our qualification we had some amazing dives which were varied and the different locations meant we saw lots of interesting sea life too. I would definitely recommend New Wave Divers to anyone visiting Boracay, who wants a good diving experience with a friendly team of professionals.

Melanie and Matt Versloot would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Melanie and Matt Versloot

Gender : Female
Age : 50-59
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  :  Wreck diving

from Breukelen

written on Sep 08, 2015 in Breukelen, Netherlands

Added Sep 08, 2015

5/5 stars

Three awesome dives with lovely instructor

I was only going to be on Boracay Island for 5 days, but in those 5 days I really wanted to dive. One guy from my hostel overheard me talking about diving and he brought me to Boracay Island New Wave Divers. The owner of the dive school is Dutch as am I, so this was a plus. I made 3 amazing dives and I would definitely go here again or recommend it to a friend.

Stéphanie van Balsfoort would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Stéphanie van Balsfoort

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  :  Wreck diving

written on Aug 26, 2015 in Groningen, Netherlands

Added Aug 26, 2015

5/5 stars

Awesome crew!

Awesome crew, extremely helpful, patient and good people to hang out with post-diving.
All the best!

Frenkie would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Frenkie

Gender : Male

written on Aug 22, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand

Added Aug 22, 2015

5/5 stars

Great Staff, Very Personalised Service, Easy Pace

This dive operator offers a very personalised service in that they will accommodate requests as far as possible.

Divers have the choice of doing as many as four dives a day and a night dive too if they are sufficiently energetic with a choice of dive spots that take some beating.

Boracay waters are for the large part, exceptionally clear and warm, making for comfortable, relaxed diving with plenty to see and the experienced and easy going dive guides maximise the potential of any site visited.

The acceptance of credit cards also relieves tourists of the hassle of carrying wads of cash.

Overall, highly recommended.

1 person found this review helpful

Sgkiwi would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS    |    Was this review helpful? yes

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Gender : Male

from San Francisco

written on Aug 20, 2015 in Richardson, United States

Added Aug 21, 2015

5/5 stars

Fantastic Experience!

Writing to let others know that I had a fantastic experience working with this dive shop on a recent trip in March to Boracay. The highlight of my trip was completing my certification, hanging around the dive shop, and gaining the dive skills and confidence to obtain the most out of dives. The dive shop is well managed with great instructors that are responsive and welcoming.

Jordan would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Jordan

Gender : Male
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  :  Wreck diving

from West Pennant Hills

written on Aug 13, 2015 in Kalibo, Philippines

Added Aug 13, 2015

5/5 stars

Great instructors and friends

They were really helpful and patient and willing to answer questions that I had, I had Gil as my instructor we got along really well and I'm now going for my Advanced open water with them

Allan959 would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Allan959

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  :  Wreck diving

from Cebu

written on Aug 12, 2015 in Pasig, Philippines

Added Aug 13, 2015

5/5 stars

Open Water Cert and Fundives

Had a great time the entire Open Water course, an experienced I thought I would never dare do. Boracay Island New Wave Divers indeed have good, accomodating and friendly staffs. David de Gorter, my instructor is very expert in his job. He guided me all through out the course, he exactly knew what to do knowing I have knee issues. I felt safe and secured underwater too. Planning to take my Advance OW soon.

Lynn Bermudo would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Lynn Bermudo

Gender : Female
Age : 30-39
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  :  Photography

from Singapore

written on Jul 29, 2015 in Singapore, Singapore

Added Jul 29, 2015

5/5 stars

Great coach and very friendly team

Went to Boracay on last minute and New Divers was extremely responsive and flexible regarding my demand.
Upon arrival I was greeted in a very friendly and efficient way and started my course straight on.
My instructor, Guillaume has a wealth of knowledge even being young of age and is truly dedicated to teach till the smallest details of the course.
My time was limited but we achieved to do all of it in 4 days.

Great place to pass all your diving courses would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Great place to pass all your diving courses

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 21-50
Interests  :  Cave diving, Wreck diving, Tech diving, Spear fishing, Liveaboard diving

written on Jul 24, 2015 in Butterworth, Malaysia

Added Jul 25, 2015

5/5 stars

Enjoyable first time diving

I did the open water diving course and was very satisfied with the service I was provided. The dive master went to pick my buddy and I up at my hotel every morning and brought us back after every last dives we did in a day. It was a very enjoyable experience as the dive master was also very funny and easygoing. I had absolutely no worries even though it's my first time diving. Thank you.

1 person found this review helpful

Amber Lim would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Amber Lim

Gender : Female
Age : <20
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20