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Recreational Diving in Mabini Batangas, Allowed in GCQ

Mabini Tourism Office recently announced that the town has finally opened its doors to tourists. After several weeks, the Inter-Agency Task Force has granted the Local Government Unit’s appeal in resuming the diving operations and re-open its tourism. Dive resorts and hotels granted with the Certificate to Operate can accept guests starting October 12, 2020. If you plan on visiting and diving in Mabini Batangas soon, here are the things that you might need to know.

The sunken jeepney at Pier Uno, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas

Travel Requirements for Tourists

These requirements are part of the changes as we start traveling once again but in the new normal. Take note that tourists coming from outside Mabini, Batangas shall prepare the following requirements prior to their visit. If the tourist fails to show one of these, the LGU has the right to decline the entry to the town.

1. Confirmed Booking from the Resort or Hotel

Advance booking and reservation is a must! Coordinate with the resort or hotel where you intend to stay. Most importantly, know if they already have a Permit to Operate.

You might also want to read: Best Resorts to Visit in Batangas During GCQ

2. 72-hour Swab Test Result

If the tourist would not able to present any swab test results, Mabini’s LGU has set RT-PCR (testing areas) at the checkpoint where everyone could get tested. The testing costs Php 1,500.00 and results can be released after 15 minutes.

3. Medical Clearance

Your medical clearance should at least be released three days prior to the trip. You can get it from your Barangay, City or Municipal Health Center for free.

You might also want to read: Requirements for Local Travel: Where and How to Get

The motorcycle wreck at Anilao, Mabini, Batangas

Parting Words

Going on a recreational diving in Mabini Batangas is also considered traveling at your own risk. Though there have been no COVID cases that are related to diving reported, you would still have to interact and transact with various people. Hence, you should be extremely careful by strictly adhering to the health and safety protocols.

Travel and dive safe!

Anne Elizabeth Gumiran, also known as Queenie, is a 20-something, full-time public school teacher, a part-time travel blogger and a freediver. She started putting her stories of adventures and misadventures into words and pictures in 2017 and continues to do so as she shares her advocacy, Sustainable Traveling.

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