Diving Philosophy

General

We respect the diving experience of our guests and allow a lot more diving freedom than most other places. With this freedom comes the responsibility to dive carefully and considerately:

1. Welcome Dive

After your arrival, we conduct a dive off the House reef for your orientation. We test the functionality of all your diving equipment and make sure you feel comfortable in the water. Aside from good buoyancy and mask clearing, “an out of air” simulation has to be mastered. Most guests will have no problem and can dive independently thereafter if they wish to do so. Less experienced/skilled divers will receive assistance from our instructors.

2. Boat Dives

Every morning, we conduct two consecutive guided boat dives and, in the afternoon, there is a third one. Briefings include a dive site overview, a proposed dive profile, typical animal encounters and resident special critters. Experienced divers can dive independently in their buddy teams without following their dive guide if they wish to do so, subject to approval from the dive operator manager.

The main task of the guides is to conduct a tour and point out the difficult-to-spot animals. The guides assist photographers in taking pictures without damaging the reef or harming the animals.

Boat dives are limited to 60 Minutes. Independent divers can choose to dive the house reef with a buddy without time limit and skip the boat dives.

3. Surface Intervals

In between all dives, a minimum surface interval of 1 hour needs to be observed. You will be offered refreshments and encouraged to drink enough liquid in between dives to avoid dehydration. This applies whether you chose to dive with  or without Nitrox.

4. House Reef

The house reef is open for non-limit diving from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m for independent divers . Outside of these hours, you can access the house reef from the beach at your leisure.

5. Solo Diving

Solo diving is not allowed.

6. Night Diving

Night diving in the house reef is possible daily. About twice a week, depending on demand, night dives from boats are offered (typically before dinner).

7. Reef protection

Kasai Village dive team expects all guests (and most of all its own dive guides) to dive carefully and to avoid damaging the reef or disturbing underwater life by chasing, touching, poking or moving. We are happy to offer a buoyancy refresher course and to explain our conservation policy. We are concerned with keeping many miles of reefs protected from destructive fishing methods and understand that destructive diving practices are no match for bombing or cyaniding that would likely happen without the presence of recreational divers. We invest substantial resources in keeping Moalboal area a marine sanctuary. We understand that in the big picture, our guests contribute to finance our protection efforts and that the odd coral breaker and creature poker would not mean the immediate demise of miles of pristine reefs. On the other hand, please understand that the people most offended by reckless divers are the vast majority of guests who enjoy to dive considerately and in harmony with nature and absolutely detest witnessing destructive behavior. Therefore, as a measure of last resort, incorrigible divers who are a danger to the marine life and/or themselves and others are barred from diving by the management. Fortunately, this happened very rarely in the last 5 years.

8. Underwater Photography

We welcome underwater photographers and provide excellent infrastructure and trained assistance for them. Some of Kasai Village’s best friends and ambassadors are keen UW photographers. The flexibility and freedom the Kasai Village dive team offers is highly appreciated by them. In the interest of their safety and the integrity of the marine environment, the same guidelines for normal divers apply. Additionally,  we point out a number of do’s and don’ts adjusted to today’s prevailing digital UW-photography brought forward by experienced pros.

Divers and the Environment – article by Martin Edge

9. Safety

Every guest is responsible for the flawless operation of his/her own equipment. Ask for assistance if you are not 100% sure.

Decompression diving is only permitted for trained, certified, insured and properly equipped physically fit divers. The nearest pressure chamber is in Cebu City. If anything happens, it requires a costly rescue flight and could spell an end for your vacation.

Your safety will be ensured by procedures adapted to the environment in Kasai Village in thousands of dives – Please respect this wealth of experiences like we respect yours.