You're gonna get wet... Before our 10-days aboard the Siren, Luke and I spend a few days staying (and diving with) Acqua Dive, about an hour drive S of Dumaguete, and very near where Paul and Estella are building a house. Each day, Acqua Dive's boat (shown here) would leave to spend 2 dives at Apo Island (which you can see in the distance). Getting on and off this boat required wading out (in waves up to 5 feet).
A typical day's schedule (although the normal 4th/night dive was replaced by the shore excursion to Atmosphere Resort). Our 3 days with a first dive at Oslob (whale sharks) or Malapasqua with the thresher sharks began an hour earlier so that we could be in the water by 6AM.