While other top tourist destinations are slowly opening in the Philippines, another one to follow suit are the dive sites in Batangas.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that dive sites in Batangas are welcoming tourists again as long as mandated safety and health protocols are followed.
“The Department of Tourism (DOT) calls on divers to dust off their masks, fins, snorkels, regulators, and other gear as popular dive sites in Batangas prepare to welcome tourists,” the DOT’s Facebook page said in a statement.
“Dive establishments in Batangas Province, insofar as the area is still under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), are hereby determined to be permitted to accept guests for Recreational Diving, taking into consideration the general preparedness of the area and its impact on the tourism industry,” DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
“We express our support to the diving community in Batangas, one of the premier diving destinations in the country. We remain optimistic yet cautious of its reopening to recreational diving,” the Tourism secretary added as they mentioned top diving attractions such as Balayan Bay, Cathedral Rock, Beatrice Rock, Twin Rocks, and Mainit Muck.
While guests of all ages are allowed to enjoy the recreational activity, diving is off-limits to those with ‘comorbidity’ and pregnant women.
Divers should bring their own gears and defog solutions for their mask. They must provide a negative swab or rapid test results for coronavirus 48 hours before their supposed arrival at the site.
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