Tarvis Dive Center is named after the House Reef, Tarvis Reef, directly in front of the Dive Shop on Modessa Island (Formerly Coco Loco Island).
Managed and run by PADI Instructors Richard Rumbelow (British) and Florian Muller (German).
Florian has been living in Palawan since 2003 mostly living and Instructing for DALL Dive Center on the former Coco Loco Island.
Richard Has been a PADI instructor since 1998 having worked as Instructor in Thailand and since 2006 in Palawan also for DALL on Coco Loco Island.
With extensive knowledge of the area and the local dive sites you can be sure to have an enjoyable dive experience under their Instruction/guidance.
Tarvis Dive Center is equipped with a Coltri Sub Tropical MCH 16 Dive Compressor producing the purest of breathing air available, the first one to be delivered in the Philippines. New and well maintained, serviced Regulator Sets, BCD's, Dive Suits, Dive Cylinders, Fins, Masks, etc...
Banka boat (Out Rigger style) capable of carrying 4 Divers and 2 Crew in comfort to the local Dive Sites. We dive in small groups for maximum safety and enjoyment.
The Dive Center is located on the beach front just 5 meters from the water, A great place to Discover Scuba Diving. Make your Confined Water training ( Practicing Scuba Skills ) in shallow clear water with a sandy bottom. Dive the beautiful Hose Reef's, abundant in Fish and Coral species, right in front of the Dive Center.
Maximum depth on the House Reef's is 17m with an average depth of 8m, meaning long dive times and no concerns over decompression.Ideal depths for beginners and certified Open Water Divers.
Water temperature ranges from 26 c in January to 31°c in May Average 29°c
Boat Dives are to local Reefs not more than 20 minutes away from the Island. Boat Dives are single Dive trips leaving you to enjoy Modessa Island Resort and beach to the full.
Maximum depths on Boat Dives 5 - 27m, Visibility 8 - 20m.
Night Diving on the House Reef is so easy and with so many things to see at night has fast become the most talked about Dive experience.
Snorkel equipment can also be rented from the Dive Center along with basic instruction if required. 2 x Sea Kayaks are also available for rent.
The Island Province of Palawan is located in the MIMAROPA region,region 4, the largest province in the in the Philippines in terms of total area of jurisdiction.
Palawan and it's Islands stretch from Mindoro in the north east all the way down to Borneo in the southwest lying between the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea, measuring 450 km (280 miles) long, and 50 km (31 mi) wide.
Palawan Island, itself, is long and narrow. There are other smaller islands that surround it. To the north east is a group of Islands called the Calmianes. Busuanga Island, Culion Island and Lina Pacan Island are are some of the largest Islands in the Calmianes group of Islands with many more smaller islands reaching down to the ports of Taytay and Elnido on the northern part of Palawan Island. Durangan Island almost touches the most western part of Palawan Island, while Balabac Island is located off the southern tip just to the north of Borneo. The Cuyo Islands to the east in the Sulu Sea are also under the jurisdiction of Palawan and the disputed Spratly Islands, located a few hundred km to the west is considered part of Palawan by the Philippines.
There are around 1780 Islands and Islets, rocky coves, with nearly 2000 km of irregular coastline and postcard sugar white sandy beaches. A chain of Mountain ranges with vast stretches of virgin rain forests, Mout Mantalingahan being the highest point at 2086m, descending to coastal plains with heavy forest and rice paddies.
Puerto Princesa City, the capitol of Palawan is known as the city in the forest. It is also the largest City in the Philippines as well as being the least populated with around 200,000 people living in an area that covers 253,982 hectares of land, spread out over 106 kilometres. The centre of the City is an urbanised settlement nestled on the shores of the winding bay on the east coast leading to the sulu Sea. Known also as the last frontier in the Philippines it maintains an ambience of the gateway to nature and adventure.
There is a large choice of Hotels and accommodation in Puerto Princesa to suit most budgets and requirements from small guest houses to larger 4 star Hotels. Most visitors spend at least a night in the City taking time to plan their journey to other parts of Palawan or join on one of the many day trips, the Subterranean Underground River being the most popular and famous. (One of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.)