Ever considered helmet diving in Boracay? As a former avid open water diver I am well versed in breathing underwater, but lately ear problems have prevented me from diving as much as I would like. This tiny island in the Philippines has some of the clearest water in the world and there are a host of water activities in Boracay. Given my ear problems, I was really drawn to Boracay helmet diving as an alternative to scuba. When I noticed the incredibly low price of helmet diving in Boracay I signed up immediately. Read on for all the details of our helmet diving Boracay adventure …
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What is Helmet Diving
Helmet diving allows you to experience the wonder of the underwater world while still breathing comfortably. The helmet is reminiscent of pearl diver’s helmets from days gone by but is much lighter. The helmet sits on the shoulders and is connected to a source of fresh air from the surface by a hose so the distance you can travel is limited. There is no need to be able to swim to enjoy helmet diving as you simply walk along the ocean floor. The best bit? Your hair stays completely dry!
The Unbelievably Low Helmet Diving Boracay Price
As I was flipping through a Boracay activity guide I was surprised to see that the helmet diving Boracay price was less than half of what I had seen elsewhere in the world. We had pretty ordinary weather for our three days in Boracay and I admit I was a little concerned about how that would affect the visibility of the helmet diving Boracay tours. I wouldn’t have paid $100 a pop but at a mere PHP1,500 per person (AUD$37) it was well worth taking a chance. To make it even better value, the price includes hotel transfers, boat transfers and underwater photos! Similar trips I have seen in Cozumel, Cairns and Bali are all around $100! If you have ever had an inkling to try helmet diving, Boracay is definitely the place to do it!
Booking Helmet Diving Boracay
Anyone who has ever stepped foot on White Beach Boracay will undoubtedly be familiar with the touts. No doubt some of them are reputable and have great prices for helmet diving in Boracay, but it was all just a little too much trouble to work it out. Instead we approached the helpful staff where we stayed at Coast Boracay to assist us in booking our helmet diving Boracay excursion through My Boracay Guide. Because the weather in Boracay was unpredictable during our stay we waited until the very last moment to book and luckily we were able to get in the same afternoon. You can book direct through My Boracay Guide’s website but I’ve since found an even cheaper trip on Viator for only AUD$28!
Our Experience Helmet Diving in Boracay
When I was scuba diving frequently it was hell on my hair. Every dive resulted in a tangled mess that took bucket loads of conditioner to sort out so I was excited about the opportunity to explore the underwater world while keeping my hair dry. We were picked up from our hotel right on time and it was about a 15 minute drive to the other side of the island which was a hive of water sports activity. Our host located our allocated speed boat with ease and we were on our way to the platform in record time. When we arrived at the pontoon there were a few groups checking in but we were not kept waiting and got straight into the safety briefing. The helmets are quite heavy so you are going to want to get into the water as quickly as possible once it is in place. Entry is by a ladder from the pontoon and we descended to a depth of about 8 metres to reach the ocean floor. It’s a very strange sensation and takes a little getting used to. Unlike with scuba diving when you only need to equalise when changing depth, helmet diving requires you to equalise your ears regularly. The Hubs’ dive was trouble free but I constantly felt like my helmet was floating off and I had to wrangle to keep it in place at all times. At once stage I got a kink in my hose which restricted the oxygen flow briefly but our instructor sorted it out very quickly. Despite the inclement weather the water was clear and visibility was excellent. The fish were plentiful and certainly not shy about approaching humans. We had about 15 minutes to explore before our Boracay helmet diving instructor (who did double duty as our official photographer) motioned for us to head back up the ladder. The journey back to the hotel was a mirror image of the outward trip. Helmet Diving Boracay provides all divers with a copy of all photos taken on a CD and they happily accommodated my request to load them onto my own USB as well. Both the CD and my USB were dropped at our hotel reception just a few hours after our dive.
Other Water Activities in Boracay
The crystal clear aquamarine waters surrounding Boracay are renowned the world over so it’s little wonder that the best things to do in Boracay involve getting wet. Water activities in Boracay are abundant and generally offer great value. In addition to helmet diving in Boracay, visitors can choose from the following amazing water activities in Boracay:-
- Scuba Diving PHP3,000 pp (AUD $75)
- Paraw Sailing PHP2,5000 pp (AUD $62) (pictured)
- Island Hopping PHP1,400 pp (AUD $35)
- Parasailing PHP2,000 pp (AUD $50)
- Free Diving PHP3,500 pp (AUD $87)
- Mermaid Swimming PHP2,000 pp (AUD $50)
- Aquarium Ocean Walk PHP2,500 pp (AUD$62)
- Banana Boat PHP300 pp (AUD $7)
- Kite Boarding PHP3,500 pp (AUD $87)
- Stand Up Paddle Board PHP1,000 pp (AUD $25)
- Windsurfing PHP1,800 pp (AUD $45)
- Jet Ski PHP2,500 pp (AUD $62)
- Cliff Diving & Snorkelling PHP2,500 pp (AUD $62)
- Fly Fish PHP750 pp (AUD $19)
- Wave Rider PHP3,500 pp (AUD $87)
- Luxury Sailing PHP4,800 pp (AUD $119)
- Water Walking PHP1,800 pp (AUD $45)
The Final Word on Boracay Helmet Diving
I’m not going to lie, the incredibly low price of helmet diving in Boracay played a big part in our decison to try it out over all the other water activities in Boracay. It was a unique experience and a great way to spend an hour. The booking process was easy, the guides were helpful and the photos were a great bonus. If you are looking to try helmet diving, Boracay helmet diving is a smart choice.
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