Boracay in the Philippines along with close by Indonesia’s Bali are usually consistently chosen by scuba diving magazines and publications as amongst the top 10 scuba diving locations and resorts in the world.
There tend to be quite a few diving operators providing dive safaris too difficult to reach areas in Boracay such as the Sibuyan Sea, Semirara, Tablas and Romblon. Closer to Boracay are also a few world class dive places catering to divers of different diving abilities. If you aren’t a scuba diver, you’ll find snorkelling in Boracay just as exciting because of its abundant marine life.
For example, Friday’s Rock which is close to the island’s west coast you can find a range of amazing coloured soft and hard corals, wrasses, damsel fishes, butterfly fishes, blue tangs, snappers and stingrays, often along with big lion fishes and scorpion fishes hiding in rocks and crevices.
You can find 2 dive sites nearby called Punta2 and Punta1. Punta1 is a not so deep dive which is a drop off to about 24m(80ft), whilst 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 2 intriguing dive venues.
Just southeast of Boracay can be found the Crocodile Island (so called mainly because of appearance of the island and not after the scaly lizard ) which is a very well known scuba diving location. It’s wall diving here of about 25m(80ft) in depth at its bottom level. This diving location is so high in marine life that countless species of fish and corals make its home here. There are also a few poisonous banded sea snakes here and several are as long as 2 meters (6. 4ft) long. Do be cautious because all sea snakes are toxic and their bites can be deadly.
One more outstanding dive site close by is Laurel Island. This dive location is for the more skilled scuba divers as the undercurrent here can get pretty strong. Simply because of this fact, drift diving is usually a pleasure here. It is also these powerful currents that promote corals to open up their gorgeous yellow and orange polyps to feed on tiny planktons and marine creatures, festooning the walls of an 8m(25ft) tunnel at the tip of the island. It is possible to also find big sponges and handsome gorgonian sea fans here.
At northern Boracay is Yapak, which is a deep wall diving beginning at close to 30m(95ft) and descending the depth of 60m(190 ft). Once again, the undercurrent here can be somewhat difficult. This region is the domain of larger pelagic fishes for example Barracudas and numerous species of sharks. Sometimes, a Hammerhead shark will swim by and massive Manta Rays are also often sighted.
Additional fascinating dive areas in the Boracay are Cathedral Cave, Buruanga, Carabao (buffalo), Dog Drift and Black Rock. So if you’re going to the Philippines for a scuba diving holiday, why not attempt scuba diving in Boracay.