Groups & Families
You wish to go away amongst friends? You would like to go on an expedition with your diving club ? You are part of a group of 10 or more? Our vast experience and local knowledge permits us to welcome and guide groups in ideal conditions for very attractive prices. Some safaris in the Philippines (Visayas) have been added to our current planning and are exclusively reserved to groups. Our offers and conditions for groups are as follows:
Conditions for Groups:
There will be one person only in charge of handling the reservation, communicating all information to the rest of the group and centralising enrolment forms and payments. A group option cannot exceed 3 months. The club offer for the Visayas in the Philippines is available only on special dates and is not part of the brochure. For a group request for dates in the brochure, please contact us. Other voyages are available, so do not hesitate to contact us to find out more. Depending on your expectations and budget, an adapted offer as well as the enrolment conditions will be sent to you. * The free voyage includes all services included in the package except airport taxes. All non included services must be paid for separately. The amount of the free voyage (safari or cruise) can be attributed to one person or deducted from the total price for the group.
Although most of our voyages are designed for experienced divers, some of them are perfectly adapted to family holidays with young kids or non divers. Please do not hesitate to contact us to find out the details and facilities offered on site so that we can guarantee the comfort and supervision of your children/family. Please find below the destinations we recommend for families with all the advantages:
- Visayas Safari in the Philippines : The Visayas is outside the zone affected by malaria. There is no anti malaria treatment or specific vaccinations necessary. All our partner hotels have three bed rooms or communicating double rooms. Cots can also be provided as well as babysitting services (at extra charge). On request, we can organise a person who will take care of your children while you dive, on land or on board. Parents can also alternate their dives and take care of their kids in turn, on land and on board. If a nap is necessary, our bangkas are equipped with a comfortable cabin with bunk beds. There are Philippino kids playing on every beach! Contact and interaction is usually very fast and games unifying. The food is very healthy, varied and with no risk in the Visayas. All kinds of food are available and your kids will be delighted to taste, amongst other food, excellent mangoes, bananas and pineapples. If your children are comfortable in the water, there are a lot of snorkelling sites in the Visayas : reefs close to shore, hardly any current and loads of multicoloured fish and coral to observe. From 10 years old, we can organise diving for kids and have them obtain their Junior PADI Open Water plus guide and supervise them during the safari. Please contact us for more information.
- Cruise in the Maldives : For families who like to spend their holidays on boats, the Soleil proposes 2 triple cabins to accommodate parents with children. There is no necessary vaccination or specific treatment necessary for the Maldives. Although most of the time will be spent on board, it is however possible to be taken to some uninhabited island s or a fishing village for a little walk, meet some Maldivian children, enjoy the beach and do some snorkelling. On board, board games, fishing with the crew, a large saloon with TV and DVD will occupy your children in the quieter hours of the day. From 10 years of age and during the entire cruise, we can organise some diving for your children on protected dive sites with special guiding and supervision.
- Practical information : We dont generally recommend going on remote diving voyages with kids under the age of 5. From 5 years old, a child will handle the long flight better, adapt easier to a tropical climate, not be affected by different lifestyle conditions and appreciate the travel experience to a larger extent, so she/he will have unforgettable memories. Please foresee very high protection sun screen (apply every 2 hours and/or after each swim), a hat, sun glasses with anti UV lenses. Snorkelling sessions should be done with a T-Shirt or a rash shirt. Please ensure your child drinks a lot of water. Fresh drinking water will always be available on board. Make sure to take enough with you when going on land/island excursions. Although most hotels are equipped with flyscreens, we still recommend taking a travel flyscreen (and some insect repellent). If your child wishes to experience the pleasure of diving (minimum age: 10 years old), please foresee a medical and contact us for more information.