About Diving

In Panglao we normally plan two dives a day, if you would like to make more than two dives we can schedule that for you, no problem! Often, we set out at 9:30 AM and the second dive is finished around 3PM. Of course we are always prepared to make early morning dives, and night dives are also possible in any given day. To avoid emergency situations we are very strict on depth limits, maximum depth is 40 meter/130 feet for those who are trained. There is always a qualfied Divemaster, instructor or Diveguide accompany you during the dive.

 

 

*Balicasag Island *

 

Black Forest

 

Slight slope. It is a very nice dive site with black coral bushes (they are actually light green to yellow). You might meet the resident solitary Napoleon and if you are lucky the large school of mackerels or barracudas. Actually on one dive we encountered the mackerels three times, the school moved away to the open ocean several times, but appeared again. The reef-edge is also especially rich in small fish.

Marine Sanctuary

 

Steep wall. This site is located on the western side of the island. Schools of jackfish accompany you on your dive, groupers swim below

 

Rudy's Rock

 

Wall dive, visibility from 12-20m.Deep drop off wall in the south/west side of Balicasag Island.The land orientation is the big rock marked with the stick in front of the beach in shallow water.

Diver's Heaven

 

Steep wall, mostly drift-dives. This place has very nice coral and a cathedral-like cave. Sometimes you can see turtles, sharks and Napoleon wrasse

 

* Cabilao Island *

Lighthouse

 

 

Wall down to 25m, then a plateau at 30m, followed by another wall. Strong currents possible. In winter (Dec. to April) hammerheads and white-tipped reefsharks are possible. In summer they are sometimes seen in deeper areas. Barracuda and jackfish schools. We stayed over a week at Cabilao and enjoyed it immensely. The diveguide Bobet finds all kinds of strange critters: ghostpipefish, pegasus, interesting crabs, seahorses and nudibranchs. Ask him to find the pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus bargibanti) for you that live on gorgonian sea fan (Muricella paraplectana)! Make a night dive, it's a special experience and real muck-diving! We found devilfish and stonefish a plenty and two stargazer hiding in the sand. Bobet fed a fish to a huge mantis shrimp and it came out of its tunnel to catch his prey.

Cambaquiz

 

This is a very nice dive just in front of the village. Wall down to 30m with a small cave. I liked the sandy part in between the reefs where we found a double-ended and an ornate pipefish. My dive buddy liked the last part best, where we saw a huge school of fish below us.

 

 

 

South Point

 

Steep wall covered with hard and soft corals and many sponges. Large table corals at the reef top. Really beautiful landscape, especially at the top!

 

 

 

* Pamilacan Island *

Pamilacan

 

60 min. by boat from Alona beach. Pamilacan island is often combined with Snake island. Plan a deep dive (35m) with deco (we had 8min on 3m!). Last summer we swam out over an edge (with beautiful soft corals) that falls down to perhaps 50m and out until we saw five huge Napoleon fishes. I had never seen so many together and was very impressed, so we stayed for some time and tried to swim closer. They didn't seem to mind much, but my computer started to beep - deco time! On the way up we also saw some huge Spanish mackerels.

Snake Island/Cervera Shoal

 

40-50 min. by boat from Alona beach. Strong currents. This is a sunken plateau about 18m deep, lying in the south of Pamilacan, covered with corals. This dive site lies in the middle of the ocean and usually there is a very strong current. Plan your dive, jump in on the side the current comes from and then sweep over the plateau with it.

* Dive Sites Around Panglao Island *

Arco Point

 

Wall dive with a visibility of 10-25m.At the beginning of the dive is a hole in the wall.Enter the cave in small groups from the wall side.The drift current is always going in south direction, it can be strong sometimes.You can bring a dive light to look in the small caves.

BBC (Bohol Beach Club)

 

15 min. by boat from Alona beach. Shallow dive (max. 25 m) on a wall. Sandy area on the bottom. There is a small cave here with a school of cardinalfishes inside. There is a hole in the roof and the light inside is beautiful. Last time I was there, there were 2 dwarf frogfish, but they have since disappeared. I also found some very nice flatworms and nudibranchs in the cave. One time (2000) I found a baby frogfish hiding among some tubeworms. Go there, when there is no other group of divers around, so you can explore it in peace. At the entrance there are as much as four moray eels and snake eels. Some divers feed them, so they like to leave their burrow and even swim around freely.

Crystal Coast

 

Steep slope dive.It's a beautiful housereef,great for introduction, check-up or night dives.

Alona Beach

 

This dive sites lies 5 min. by boat from Alona beach. Shallow dive (max. 25m) on a wall with many vertical cuts. Anemones and multicolored corals teeming with life. Small fish, scorpionfishes, frogfishes and nudibranchs. Seasnakes can be found in sandy areas. Best place for a night dive.

Kalipayan

 

10 min. by boat from Alona beach. Shallow dive (max. 25 m) on a wall, some sandy areas. Beautiful corals, nearly always a group of batfishes, some lionfishes and a variety of colorful nudibranchs. Look around on the reef top in the sandy area with the coral blocks . We also nearly always found a pair of robust ghostpipefish in the sandy area and for a while two large stonefish in the deeper part. Also good for night dives.

Habagat Wreck

 

It's a steep slope dive.Easy divesite for Openwater divers or higher.Watch your NDL if you plan to dive the wreck that was sunk by Seaquest Dive Center in the year 2000.You can bring a dive light to look in the wreck and the small caves in the wall.

Puntod

 

30 min. by boat from Alona beach. Steep wall with gorgonians and soft coral. Mackerels, squids sometimes snakes.

Doljo Point

 

 

40min. by boat from Alona beach. This site is visited during strong Habagat-wind (south-west-wind) because it is more sheltered. If you jump in at the right place, this is a great dive. Ask them to drop you on the steep slope over the gorgonians (at 35m), they are huge and numerous. Then go up relatively quickly to the reef top and around 15 to 10 m there are yellowish-green sponges. I think, we looked about in every single one and actually found two giant frogfish. Perfectly camouflaged, they sit in these sponges and wait for their food to come to them. One of them was yellow, the other black. If you are lucky you might also see a shark in the deeper areas.

 

 

Napaling

 

30 min. by boat from Alona. This is a dive on a steep wall with huge gorgonian fans and black coral growing. Sometimes ther are schools of barracudas or jackfish. On the edge of the reef there are table corals with a lot of small fish, moray eels and seakraits.