SeaQuest Dive Center on Panglao Island in Bohol opened in 1990. At that time it was the only dive center on Alona Beach. Built in local style it blended in well with the untouched beach environment of the time. These days Alona beach has become a popular beach destination and the whole area is rapidly expanding. The modern world has arrived and the dive shop has evolved with it. These days SeaQuest Panglao is a modern and efficient PADI 5 star venue.
The majority of Seaquest-divers accommodate themselves at Oasis Beach and Dive Resort; located right behind the dive shop. The resort and the dive center have been combining their services for many years offering you as our guest a well-organized experience. Oasis resort operates the popular lounge bar and beach restaurant right next to the dive center.
Every day we decide on a schedule for the next day. Keeping in mind the personal wishes of our guests. There is a good variety of dive sites and day trips on offer. And up to 4 dives a day can be scheduled. Night dives are amazing and you should try to make a few while you’re staying here.
The dive master team is all locals. Some have been with us for 18 years! They know the reefs very well and can show you a variety of macro underwater life and critters. Your dive equipment shall be stored overnight in the dive shop. Tanks and equipment will be loaded onto the boats by dive center staff; all you need to do is… show up on time!
Highlight for most people is Balicasag Island. Here you can find drop offs and steep slopes teeming with color. Schools of jacks and barracudas swarm around the island and many turtles can be seen. The reef around Panglao Island itself offers a variety of different underwater scenes and environments. Night dives are highly recommended. Occasionally Whale Sharks and manta rays are encountered.
SeaQuest Dive Center is a PADI 5 star training center. Offering educational and fun PADI courses from beginner to PADI dive Assistant Instructor. Introduction dives are organized daily. 2 comfortable Big Bangka’s (local outrigger boats) are available to do day trips.
3 speedboats with sun roofs and mounted with Yamaha outboard engines will give you quick access to nearby dive sites. The Dive center and the Bangka boats have medicinal oxygen and first aid kits available. All staff has been trained to respond speedily and adequate in an emergency situation.
To avoid emergency situations, we set depth limits; maximum diving depth is 40 meters or 130 feet and going into deco is not allowed. A fully equipped re-compression chamber is located at tagbilaran City (20 minutes) and another in Cebu City (2,5 hours).
The rental dive equipment is mostly Cressie-sub dive gear. 10, 12 liter aluminium- and 15 liter steel tanks with international (INT) vlaves and DIN are available. A Bauer V15 compressor provides good clean air.