Scuba Diving: Description of Dive Sites


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ANGOL POINT

  • Start Depth: 5 meters
  • Maximum Depth: 12 meters
  • Rating: ***

This is an excellent dive site for beginners and training dives. The reef is covered with stony corals, leather corals, nudibranchs, anemones, sea stars and sea cucumbers. It is also a favourite for night dives and is a good spot for macro photography. Good for snorkelling, too.

 

BALINGHAI

  • Start Depth: 8 meters
  • Maximum Depth: 40 meters
  • Rating: ***

Balinghai is two walls running parallel to each other. The deep wall features sharks and tuna while the shallow wall is pockmarked by small holes which house anthias, lionfish, triggerfish, bannerfish, puffers and gobies.

 

BAT CAVE

  • Maximum Depth: 6 meters
  • Rating: ***

This dive site is a series of small caves leading to the actual Bat Cave which is also accessible by land. Conditions must be just right to dive here, since waves usually pound against the rocks and swift currents can take you offshore. Lobsters, sea snakes and of course, the bats overhead can make a fascinating dive.

 

BEACH NIGHT DIVE

  • Maximum Depth: 5 meters
  • Rating: ***

The beach is a little-known treasure trove for divers with a sharp eye. It is a sandy area with patches of sea grass and hard corals. Watch out for flounders, crabs, nudibranchs, squid and pipefish.

 

CAMIA

  • Start Depth: 18 meters
  • Maximum Depth: 30 meters
  • Rating: ****

The Camia is Boracay’s house wreck. It is a 30 metre-long cargo boat that was sank as a Fish Attraction Device in January 2001. It has since developed very nicely as an artificial reef. The residents now include a couple of huge red bass, some bluefin trevallies, scorpion fish and a school of batfish.

 

CHANNEL DRIFT

  • Start Depth: 10 meters
  • Maximum Depth: 35 meters
  • Rating: ****

Strong tidal currents flow through the strait, taking divers on a joy ride through canyons and crevices. Coral growth here is very impressive and occasionally white tip sharks and trevallies are sighted.

 

CORAL GARDEN

  • Start Depth: 5 meters
  • Maximum Depth: 12 meters
  • Rating: ***

This dive site is right off the main beach and usually has calm and clear conditions. It is ideal for beginners and training dives. It is a popular fish-feeding area, so expect to see sergeant majors, butterflyfish and batfish crowding around. A favourite snorkelling spot.

 

CROCODILE ISLAND

  • Start Depth: 5 meters
  • Maximum Depth: 20 meters
  • Rating: *****

From a distance, this small uninhabited island looks like the head of a crocodile. Currents can be fierce except at slack tide, which makes for a beautiful collection of corals. It is a gently sloping wall with several canyons and caves containing a wide diversity of fish.

 

LAGUNA DE BORACAY

  • Start Depth: 5 meters
  • Maximum Depth: 20 meters
  • Rating: ****

This dive site is located on the “backside” (east side) of Boracay. It is well-suited for beginners and professionals alike, with a great diversity of clams, anemones, feather stars, butterflyfish, lionfish and sea squirts. The area is quite large, and almost every inch is covered with hard and soft corals.

 

LAUREL ISLAND

  • Start Depth: 5 meters
  • Maximum Depth: 20 meters
  • Rating: *****

Big Laurel and Small Laurel are two separate dive sites which are very similar and quite close to each other. Big Laurel has a tunnel swim-through filled with soft corals and nudibranchs. Both Laurels are sloping walls with healthy corals and prolific fish life.

 

FRIDAY’S ROCK

  • Start Depth: 7 meters
  • Maximum Depth: 18 meters
  • Rating: ****

A dive at Friday’s can actually cover two dive sites: Friday’s Reef which is 7 to 12 meters, and Friday’s Rock which is 12 to 18 meters. This famous fish-feeding station is a large boulder which provides photographers a chance to capture close-up shots of emperors, triggerfish, red bass, scorpionfish and surgeons.

 

PUNTA BUNGA

  • Start Depth: 9 meters
  • Maximum Depth: 24 meters
  • Rating: ***

This site is the start of a series of walls which connect to Yapak. The drop-off is filled with cubbyholes where moray eels, lionfish, groupers and triggerfish reside. Stingrays are usually seen on the sandy bottom at 24 meters.

 

TULOBHAN REEF

  • Start Depth: 5 meters
  • Maximum Depth: 20 meters
  • Rating: ****

Although it is quite shallow, a slow steady current usually allows drift diving to cover a wide area. Sea snakes are common, while sea cucumbers, eels and feather stars can be seen waving in the current.

 

VIRGIN DROP

  • Start Depth: 18 meters
  • Maximum Depth: 35 meters
  • Rating: ***

This wall dive is ideal for deep dive training. Large sea fans and crinoids provide colourful hiding spots for bass, moray eels and nudibranchs. Rays are sometimes seen gliding through the thermoclines during tidal changes.

 

YAPAK

  • Start Depth: 30 meters
  • Maximum Depth: 40 meters
  • Rating: *****

Yapak 1 and 2 are actually two separate walls which begin at 30 meters and drop down to 70 meters. The most famous of Boracay’s dive sites, close encounters with white tip and grey reef sharks, dogtooth tuna, groupers, napoleon wrasses and giant trevallies are common. Surface conditions can be rough, and therefore a negative entry is often required, followed by a spectacular blue-water descent.

 


 

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