Davao Dive Fun Safari

One of the growing tourist market is the diving niche with a Global Dive Market Population estimated at 24 Million. The Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) Global Certification & Membershio Statistics in 2014 listed the US with 3.5 M; Europe with 1.8M while the rest of the world has .7M active divers. For the Philippines, the top five source markets for diving are Korea, US, Germany, Australia and Hong Kong.
Photo taken in one of the Samal Dive sites by National Geographic photographer, Zhang Fan.

"Davao has been identified as one of the emerging destinations for diving. Divers are adventurous market and constantly seek new dive sites to explore. With HongKong as our target for international connection in 2017, we aim to build out products for the HongKong tourist market and this includes diving," according to DOT Assistant Secretary Eden David.
Photo taken in one of the Samal Dive sites by National Geographic photographer, Zhang Fan.
"The DOT Secretary Wanda Teo has tasked our office to bring in top notch dive photographers to include national geographic and UNESCO HongKong Associatio to explore Samal and Talicud in a Fun Dive Safari," DOT HongKong Marketing representative market David Leung said. An exhibit at the international gateways in HongKong is being endeavoured to showcase the underwater photos taken from the Fun Dive Safari on November 14-17,2016.

A total of 30 divers and underwater photographers of Hong Kong Chinese, Taiwanese, Australian, Korean, and Malaysian nationals will dive various spots of Davao Gulf including Tagpopongan, Balet, Kaputian, Canibad, Liguid Island, among others, for fun diving experiences and to photograph the different underwater specifies. Known for its rich marine biodiversity, the islands of Davao Gulf is an excellent site for underwater macro photography especially with the superb visibility in the diving sites. The tourism industry has been banking on this growing tourism niche to position the region as a sports tourism hub.

The Fun Dive Safari is among the various activities organized by the tourism department to promote the region as a diving destination. Last October, DOT Regional Office XI conducted Underwater Photography Spotters Training for advanced open water divers in Davao which is aimed to better assist underwater photographers and provide economic opportunities for local divers.

In 2017 a Mindanao Dive Congress will be held in Davao to feature the various dive sites of the islnd and sessions on macro photography and marine life conservations efforts shall be discussed.

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Media Release: 
Reference: Katherine Anuta/221-0070
Department of Tourism -XI

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