The Philippines Is Known For Scuba Diving

coral reef photo
Photo by USFWS Pacific

Boracay in the Philippines along with nearby Indonesia’s Bali usually are regularly voted by scuba diving mags and publications as among the top 10 scuba diving locations and hotels in the world.

There tend to be quite a few diving operators featuring dive safaris too difficult to reach destinations in Boracay such as the Sibuyan Sea, Semirara, Tablas and Romblon. Nearer to Boracay are also some world class dive sites catering to divers of varying diving ability. If you are not a scuba diver, you are going to find snorkelling in Boracay just as thrilling because of its vibrant marine life.

For example, Friday’s Rock which lies near to the island’s west shoreline you can find a variety of remarkable coloured soft and hard corals, wrasses, damsel fishes, butterfly fishes, blue tangs, snappers and stingrays, often along with big lion fishes and scorpion fishes camouflaging in rocks and crevices.

There are two dive sites nearby called Punta2 and Punta1. Punta1 is a shallower dive which is a drop off to about 24m(80ft), while Punta 2 starts off at 30m and goes straight down to 50m(170ft). Trigger fishes, Groupas, Angel fishes as well as barracuda, sweetlips, tuna and the periodic reef shark populate these two fascinating dive locations.

Just southeast of Boracay lies the Crocodile Island (so called because of form of the island and not after the scaly reptile) which is a very well known scuba diving site. It is wall diving here of about 25m(80ft) in depth at its bottom level. This diving destination is so rich in marine life that quite a few species of fish and corals make its home here. There are even a few poisonous banded sea snakes here and a few are as long as a couple of meters (6.4ft) long. Do be very careful because all sea snakes are venomous and their bites can be deadly.

Another outstanding dive site nearby is Laurel Island. This dive location is for the more seasoned scuba divers as the undercurrent here can get very strong. Because of this fact, drift diving can be a pleasure here. It is also these strong currents that persuade corals to open up their gorgeous orange and yellow polyps to feed on incredibly small marine and planktons animals, festooning the walls of an 8m(25ft) tunnel at the tip of this island. You could also find big sponges and good looking gorgonian sea fans here.

At northern Boracay is Yapak, which is a deep wall diving commencing at around 30m(95ft) and descending the depth of 60m(190 ft). For a second time, the undercurrent here can be somewhat challenging. This region is the domain of larger pelagic fishes like Barracudas and various species of sharks. Occasionally, a Hammerhead shark will swim by and gigantic Manta Rays are also frequently seen.

Various other fascinating dive spots in the Boracay are Cathedral Cave, Buruanga, Carabao (buffalo), Dog Drift and Black Rock. So if you happen to be going to the Philippines for a scuba diving trip, why not try scuba diving in gorgeous Boracay .


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