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BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS
Station 1 Balabag
Malay
Western Visayas
5608
Philippines
Tel: +63 36 288 5265
Review Summary

4.8 / 5

based on 101 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

German, English, French, Russian, Tagalog, Chinese


Affiliations

PADI


Services

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


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BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

Station 1 Balabag

Malay

Western Visayas

5608

Philippines

BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

Station 1 Balabag

Boracay Malay

Boracay

Aklan

5608

Philippines

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BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS
Station 1 Balabag
Malay
Western Visayas
5608
Philippines


BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS
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Tel: +63 36 288 5265





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from France reviewed BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

written on Apr 15, 2015 in Singapore, Singapore

Added Apr 15, 2015

4/5 stars

N'a pas plongé sur un des sites prévu

Nous sommes passé au club la veille pour régler les formalités, on en a profiter pour discuter des sites possibles. Le jour J, notre moniteur nous a indiqué que le premier site n'avait pas une trés bonne visibilité. Nous nous sommes rendu compte par la suite et avec discution avec un auter moniteur, qu'en faite le site était avec une visibilité correcte et que c'était seulement parce que notre moniteur ne voulais pas aller sur un autre bâteau. on s'est retrouver avec une palanquée qui passée son open water et ils leur fallait des sites bien précis. Notre moniteur était assez rapide durant la plongée, plusieurs nous l'avons perdu de vue. Si ile vous conseille le transport depuis l'aéroport avec Island Star sachez que ce n'est pas un van à tous les coups. Cela dépend du nombre de personne. Nous nous sommes retrouvé dans un bus à l'aller. Pour le retour, nous avions un van avec un autre groupe. Au total 11 clients, pas trop de place pour les valises, des personnes sur les strapantins (pas du tout confortable) et peu de clim.

Audrey would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

About Audrey

Age : 30-39
Dives done : 51-100
Interests  : Free diving

from Kuala Lumpur reviewed BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

written on Apr 02, 2015 in Kajang, Malaysia

Added Apr 03, 2015

4/5 stars

Efficient management, friendly staffs but not a great dive

Confirmed my dive very last minute, but management was fast to respond and quick to act upon my request. Kudos to that! However that dive was definitely not a pleasure one due to weather condition and strong current. The initial plan was to head to Friday's Rock but apparently we did not get there, so we didn't dive like how we were briefed. Perhaps when the current is strong as such, instructor can always suggest to head to somewhere else instead. Unlike my other dive experience, he did not dive in first to check the water current. We were actually diving sideways...LOL! Overall it's still okay but hopefully by the next trip I'm back, the weather is gonna be kind to me. :)

WeiLiek would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

About WeiLiek

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 21-50
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

written on Mar 12, 2015 in Singapore, Singapore

Added Mar 12, 2015

4/5 stars

Dive with New Wave

Mike, the instructor, whom we dived with is very professional, takes good care of his customers and the divers he dived with. Staff in the shop is also very friendly. Dive charges are straight forward which makes tracking easy and hassle free, an area which I really like. True to their promise, they provide quality dive service and their equipment is generally in good condition.

The reason why New Wave is one star short of Excellence is because O2 is not readily available on the boat or in the shop (did not see any emergency O2 while I was there).

Tong would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

About Tong

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 21-50
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Linchuan reviewed BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

written on Mar 09, 2015 United Kingdom

Added Mar 09, 2015

4/5 stars

Fun diving with Knowledgeable Guides

New Wave Divers really went out of their way to impress. From the swift replies to my queries and booking information through Lynette, to the always professional guided dives, everything about my dive to Boracay was smooth, efficient and fun!

Should I return to Boracay in the future, I would definitely stay and dive with NEW WAVE DIVERS.

Oubaoluo would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

About Oubaoluo

Age : 40-49
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Wreck diving

reviewed BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

written on Jan 23, 2015

Added Jan 24, 2015

4/5 stars

Personal Touch

I did my Advanced Open Water with New Wave and really enjoyed the experience. I was 1:1 with the dive master and felt really comfortable. Equipment was great and diving was good.

This user would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

About This user

Age : 40-49
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Singapore reviewed BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

written on Jan 23, 2015 in Singapore, Singapore

Added Jan 24, 2015

4/5 stars

Great experience

Was professional. Dive guide Sam was abit new but he was fun and constantly watched out for safety and did not compromise. Dive sites chosen were suitable for our OW level.

Anthony L would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

About Anthony L

Age : 20-29
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  : Wreck diving

reviewed BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

written on Jan 14, 2015 in North Dartmouth, United States

Added Jan 14, 2015

4/5 stars

Instructor & Process Great - Photographer, not so much

The staff at BINWD was GREAT! Our actual instructor and the office staff were wonderful, however, the photographer who offered neglected to share that her camera/computer had been acting up and even though we received our money back, it was a waste of my first experience posing for pictures we could have used our GoPro for, however, trusted this photographer. Word of the wise for next time is to ask how well the equipment is working or be honest and test your stuff out before you offer it to paying customers. She was the only reason this review isn't 5 stars.

Matthew G would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

Response from BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS Jan 19, 2015

This is a reply by Tracey our photographer
I am very sorry for the problems I had with my computer on the day of your dive. This was a problem I had had a couple of times before and thought that I had sorted it out, so when I offered you the chance to have photos from your dive I was confident that I would be able to provide them. However technology is unpredictable and unfortunately my solution didn't work and I lost your photos. For this I am very sorry and really wish there was a way I could get them back for you. I have continued to search for a solution and again believe to have found one, hopefully this time it will work, but the reality it that technology does sometimes go wrong and there is nothing we can do about it.

Thank you
Tracey

About Matthew G

Age : 20-29
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Tampere reviewed BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

written on Dec 30, 2014 in Tampere, Finland

Added Dec 30, 2014

4/5 stars

Friendly staff. easy diving, amazing night dive!

New wave divers owner Lynette arranged everything with us before hand and the service and help we got from her was excellent. She rented out her room upstairs of the dive shop for us but unfortunately the noise from the neighbour beach bar was too much to handle and we moved to a quieter location for the next night. The staff was very helpful in finding us a room for the rest of our stay. Our dive gear was also lost by the airline but that was no issue to rent the needed gear for the first two days until our own stuff arrived. Our dive guide was Matt and we had very relaxing time on the dives. The briefs were good and it was just mainly the three of us. The dive sites are comfortably close to the beach. The best experience for us was the amazing night dive; just average 2m deep from the beach on the sandy bottom you can see the most peculiar creatures; all the strange crustaceans crawl out for the night. We had a 90 minutes dive and could have still stayed finding all the time species we had never seen before.

Kati & Jari would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

About Kati & Jari

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Stockholm reviewed BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

written on Dec 17, 2014 in Johanneshov, Sweden

Added Dec 17, 2014

4/5 stars

Thank you!

Thank you to our dive master Matt for providing the best possible service! He was also very knowledgable in PADI requirements, diving theory, basic skills needed, etc. All in all great experience, although the experience in the administration and building could be improved.

CV would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

About CV

Age : 20-29
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

written on Dec 05, 2014 in Cainta, Philippines

Added Dec 06, 2014

4/5 stars

Great diving experience

I had a great time doing my first discovery dive with Instructor Kay. She was great and very clear at explaining things and was very patient with me during training, despite my difficulty at first to do the four steps required before going to dive out at sea. She also knew how to work my fears and once she got me to a state where I could trust the equipment and her to guide me, it was a breeze when we finally went to dive at Coral Gardens and Balinghai. I had a negative experience years ago when I did my intro dive, so I never really pursued it after. But having done this now with proper instruction, I'm giving diving a second look ;-)

The people at New Wave Divers, including the administrators and other instructors, were also very nice and friendly. The office is small, compared to some other dive shops in Boracay, but it's a cozy one. They've also done some renovations and the place is quite organized. The boats they had were also well maintained and the boat men were friendly and helpful.

Tina L would recommend BORACAY ISLAND NEW WAVE DIVERS

About Tina L

Age : 40-49
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  : Liveaboard diving