Aqua Ventura divers has a dive shop located in the town of Dauin, Negros Oriental (Micro/Muck Diving City), offering you and your friends and family an adventurous combination of snorkeling, free diving, and scuba dives plus accommodation options based upon your requirements from back-packer to high level end resorts!! We conduct daily diving activities in Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita, Saiton, and Apo Island dive sites. From micro/muck, walls, caverns, drift, deep, to snorkeling with Whale Sharks!! According to your skills from beginners to Professionals! We are now branching out to Siquijor, Southern Cebu up to Moalboal, and Bohol and Southern Leyte with our Island Hopping banka boats!! You will have to book these months in advance so we can prepare everything for your total enjoyment!!
We are also including land adventure tours for our guests that are not divers!! You can still enjoy the many land tours available in the Visayas area. Just ask us what we have for your adventure tours and we will be very happy to get you there to see the many wonders on land as well. From lakes, falls, hot springs, caves to kite flying and zip lines!!
We are able to offer you a full complement of PADI dive courses from introductory Discover Scuba Diving all the way up to the much coveted professional Dive Master rating. With a range of accommodation choices to suit your budget, you will find that we can offer you an ‘all-inclusive’ package that will keep you coming back for more! (Be careful, you may want to move here!!) You don’t have to stay in one resort to enjoy the Philippines. You can pick and choose where and when you like to be and enjoy the different resorts if you so wish!
Come dive with us and feel the adventure we experience every day!!!
Meet our Adventure Diving Team:
Joeren King C. Finney was Born in the Philippines on October 29, 2000. When he was just a small boy around 4 & 5 years old he lived on the beach with his parents in their small resort, Cool Breeze Beach Resort, in Maayoung Tubig, Dauin. He was at the time afraid of the ocean waves, so he, with his smaller brother, used to run up and down the beach chased by the waves. He finally wanted to conquer his fear so they got used to jumping in and out of the waves with absolute joy!!
He then would use his dad’s alternate air source when his father came out of the water and just swim around his legs using the air that was left. Joeren finally conquered his fear and wanted to know much more about the ocean, with the different types of fish and many types of corals and that’s when scuba diving came in, he started scuba diving at the age of 7 “bubble maker” and through his father got all the way up to Dive Master at the age of 18. He’s been diving with his father as well as the Dive Shops Dive Master Guides to improve his guiding skills. He has guided guests since then.
He is now going into college and taking Business Marketing to improve the business his father had started. After training and more experience he will take over his father’s business and make it grow even bigger and more professional.
Gary Finney is an avid freelance PADI dive instructor who travels the waters around Negros Oriental and Cebu taking people out scuba diving, snorkeling,whale shark watching, destnation tours.
Gary has over 9,000+ dives and 6,000 of them are here and around the Central Visayas. He has to date 2,000+ students in all PADI levels.
Gary L. Finney was born in America in 1950. In 1971 while in the Marine Corp, just getting back from Vietnam, another marine talked Gary into diving. With no training Gary entered the cool waters of Laguna Beach, California. Gary was hooked! After about 10 dives he took a PADI Open Water course.
After getting out of the service, Gary continued his training in 1976 by going to a Commercial Diving School, Oceaneering International, were he took all classes available through the Veterans Admin. After 1 year of intense training, He was an air-mixed/Saturation diver with welding, burning, photo, and explosives under his belt.
Gary also became a NAUI Master Scuba Diver in the school.
Gary went to an industrial inspection company in Boston, Mass., Sylvester Underseas Inspection, were he mastered all Non-destructive testing skills. Gary and two other commercial divers built and designed a “James Bond” box built for ultrasonic’s and communications to the diver while every thing was being video recorded.
The company was bought out by S&H Diving in Morgan City, LA.
They got the “James Bond” box as well as Gary and started working them in the Golf of Mexico. The customers fell in love with it because now they can see what was happening down there.Gary worked on offshore platforms, underwater pipe lines, ships, semi-submersibles, and jack-ups.
After building a very good reputation the “Energy Crunch” happened in 1984 and every thing fell apart! The company was bought out and later dissolved.
Leaving the business for a while Gary continued scuba diving for fun while keeping his inspection skills alive on land.
Gary worked his way up to QA/QC Manager, working across the States in oil, gas and chemical plants.Between jobs Gary had developed other skills as a bounty hunter and bodyguard.
Gary came to the Philippines in 1997 and again in 1999 as an Advance Agent.
In 1999 Gary Finney remained in the Philippines.
Earlier in Houston, TX Gary had met a Philippine nurse whose brother owned a resort, Dakak Resort, in Mindanao.
Upon finishing his contract Gary went to visit that resort and loved the fresh air and clear waters.Gary requested work there as an instructor. The resort owner guided Gary to Sea Explorers for training.
Gary became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in May 2000.
The Course Director made Gary his Dive Shop Manager in a new Siquijor base at Coco Grove Beach Resort,Tubod, Siquijor.
Short on cash Gary had to go back to the States to get his things and acquire more cash.Returning to Sea Explorers he was placed as a free lancer and started free lancing for 8 different dive shops from Siquijor, Negros, and Apo Island.
Again building a good reputation Gary has continued to help others in need.
Gary Finney is involved in marine environmental protection such as underwater and coastal clean-ups, collection of Crown of Thorns in marine sanctuaries, installation of marker buoys and mooring buoys to different dive sites, guiding as well as of course teaching.
To date, Gary has over 9,000+ dives and 5,000+ of them are here around the Central Visayas.
He has to date 2,000+ students in all PADI levels.
He has also participated as a gold member in the Siquijor Dive and Rescue Club, an organization participated by both private individuals and in government service whose mission is to assist in rescue operations in sea water tragedy.
In 2011 Gary started up a new business called AQUA VENTURA DIVING.
Gary is an avid freelance dive instructor who travels the waters around Oriental Negros and Cebu taking people out scuba diving, snorkeling, whale shark watching, destination tours.
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