The diving industry is one of the growing tourist markets in the world with an estimated of 24 million Global Dive Population. In Asia, the Philippines is one of the preferred diving points with South Korea, US, Germany, Australia, and Hong Kong as the top five source markets.
|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 Hong Kong as our target for international connection in 2017, we aim to build our products for the Hong Kong tourist market and this includes diving,” according to DOT Assistant Secretary Eden David.
|Divers, bloggers,travel agents from Hong Kong and Davao with DOT reps|
“The DOT Secretary Wanda Teo has tasked our office to bring in top notch dive photographers to include national geographic and UNESCO Hong Kong Association to explore Samal and Talicud in a Fun Dive Safari,“ DOT Hong Kong Marketing representative market David Leung said. An exhibit at the international gateways in Hong Kong 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 have dived 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.
|DOT ASec Eden David with Davao and Hong Kong media and travel agents|
Diving enthusiasts and macro underwater photographers Jerome Kim from Korea and Yorko Summer from Taiwan have so much admiration of the diving sites in Samal and Talicud. Kim is now based in the Philippines for the past 12 years and has been to many diving sites in the country. He said that there is a huge potential to attract divers around the world to come and dive in Samal. "Davao is one of the best macro diving points in the whole Philippines", Kim added".
|Photo by: Jerome Kim|
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 island and sessions on macro photography and marine life conservation efforts shall be discussed.