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Exposure Suit - February

Discussion in 'Philippine Paradise Divers' started by Skulmoski, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. Skulmoski

    Skulmoski Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Gold Coast, QLD
    I am diving in the Lapu Lapu area (Cebu) the first two weeks in February. What are guides/DM and clients wearing at that time of year? I have everything from 2-3 mm shorties to 5 mm full wetsuit. I can layer with 2 mm tops and hooded vests.


  2. D_Fresh

    D_Fresh ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    As you know, answers will vary as it's a very subjective thing. But personally, I use a 3mm full year round. If I find myself making repeated deeper dives with cold thermoclines, I may add my 2mm hooded vest over or under my suit. If I'm only a little chilly, then over my suit; if more than just a little chilly, I put it under.

    But I know some Filipinos who always wear a 5mm year round.

    3mm full plus hooded vest may pack better and weight less than a 5mm full. But a 5mm full only is one less item to dry and keep track of.

    I hope that helps you. Either way, if you need, the shops will be able to accommodate should you be less that prepared.

  3. Freewillow

    Freewillow Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Brussels
    Water is not that hot. I am wearing a 5/4/3 mm wetsuit with hood with a 2mm undervest. But I am suscepible to cold.
  4. Skulmoski

    Skulmoski Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Gold Coast, QLD
    I'm going to leave behind my 5 mm limestone heavy weight and dive with my 3mm + 2 mm vest and hood + Apeks shorts. If I get cold, I will take Viagra to take my mind off the cold!! If that doesn't work, I will rent a 3 mm shorty and layer. Super excited about diving in the Philippines. I will be able to bring all my gear including BP/W and regs for this trip.
    Thanks for the advice!
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  5. D_Fresh

    D_Fresh ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter


    Sounds like you've got it sorted out. The dive shops will take care of anything else you may need. Have fun!

  6. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
    I hope the Apeks shorts is loose fit!!!!
  7. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New Jersey
    I was there in Feb/ Mar in a 3mm and froze. Water temps were a chilly 76-78. OK for one dive - forget dives 3 & 4. In fact, after 3 days, my entire group trekked out to buy 5mm suits.
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  8. xrcjdx

    xrcjdx Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: coral triangle
    i'm assuming this was in the puerto galera area? currents come in from the north through the verde island passage and make it much cooler to dive (the winter months) than the rest of philippines. the 3mm plus 2 should be fine, and versatile.
  9. bshort4

    bshort4 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Colorado Springs
    I dived Puerto Galera last year in mid-December in a 3mm shorty--but only two dives a day. The weather was crappy--overcast, rainy, windy and choppy seas. I was fine until the fourth day and was starting to get a little chilled by then. My dive guide was wearing TWO 3mm full suits and was still saying he was cold--I believe the water temp was 73-74 degrees. I had dived the previous two weeks in Dauin and Bohol and the water temp was about 80 degrees at both---with sunshine and warm weather--nice. First pic is PG, second Bohol and third Dauin. received_784500558416704.jpeg IMAG0965.jpg received_778066275726799.jpeg
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