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D I V I N G   I N   T H E   P H I L I P P I N E S

Cebu City, as the oldest and second busiest metropolis in the Philippines next to Manila has fine, sandy beaches that offer diving among most other water sports.

In Mactan Island, almost all the resorts offer diving but vary in the standard offered and the commitment to conservation. Almost all the resorts here offer diving with complete facilities. The area is good for novices and experts. Opposite Mactan is Olango Island where great coral garden and colorful fishes can be found.

Diving is possible all year round, better diving times around December til June.
On the western side of Cebu, lies Moalboal. Moalboal means a 'bubbling brook'.


Diving Sites : Capitancillo Island, Talong Island, Olongo Island - Mabini Point, Olongo Island - Mabini Pt to Baring, Olongo Island - Sta Rosa and Poo, Mactan Island - Tambuli, Mactan Island - Amboucuan Point, Mactan Island - Marigondon, East Side of Panganan Islet, East Side of Caohagan Islet, East Side of Lassuan Islet, Kansantik

Capitancillo Island
Location. Located 100km north of Mactan Island, 10km southeast of Bago.
Access. 2.5-3hr by banca from Mactan, 1hr from Sagod, or by road to Bago on Ceby's east coast and 30min by banca.
Average Depth. 80ft
Maximum Depth. 150ft
Conditions. You would not normally make this journey in bad conditions, but even in good conditions fierce currents can be a real problem. Advanced divers pick spring tides in the hope of spotting larger pelagic species, but less experienced divers should choose neap tides and be with an experienced dive master. Visibility can reach 100ft.

Has shallow reef-tops at 10m leading to drop-offs with colorful soft corals. The main interest of the divers are the walls, with their many caves and overhangs, small shoals of pelagic fish, all varieties of reef fish. Shallow reef-flats extend 3km all around Capitancillo Island, but this dive site is the best in the area.

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Talong Island
Location. Located 55km north-northeast of Mactan Island, just north of the northwest point of Pacijan Island, the westernmost of the Camotes Islands.
Access. 1.5-2hr by banca from Mactan Island or 1hr by banca from Sogod.
Average Depth. Anything
Maximum Depth. 130ft
Conditions. Normally choppy with medium currents, but it can become really rough ith fierce currents. You would not normally make the journey in rough weather. Visibility can reach 130ft.

"Talong" translates as eggplant. The north and northwest sides of the island have long slopes out and down with fields of stony corals, particularly large table and boulder corals. When the currents are running, novices should stay close to their divemaster. This is a good area to spot pelagic species.

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Olongo Island - Mabini Point
Location. Located at the northern tip (also known locally as Tingo Point) of Olongo island.
Access. 15-20min by banca from Mactan Island.
Average Depth. 115ft
Maximum Depth. 130ft
Conditions. Strong surges and fierce unpredictable currents; a site for advanced divers only with visibility up to 30m.

This is a dive where one hopes to see larger pelagic species. There is little to see in the shallower water, so get down quickly to 35m (115ft) on the drop-off , settle down in some shelter and look out. - anything can pass by. Sharks are common, but Hammerhead sharks are the highlight and Whale Sharks have been seen.

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Olongo Island - Mabini Point to Baring
Location. Located between the northern tip of Olongo Island and the village of Baring.
Access. 15-20min by banca from Mactan Island.
Average Depth. 115ft
Maximum Depth. 130ft
Conditions. Strong surge and fierce unpredictable currents, not for novice divers and visibility up to 30m.

There are several spectacular drop-offs, and there are large caves about 30 to 35m down. There is too little to see in the shallow water, so get down quickly to 30m and either have a fast drift at this depth or settle down in some shelter and watch the world go by.

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Olongo Island - Sta. Rosa and Poo
Location. Located 400m offshore from the villages of Santa Rosa and Poo.
Access. 15-20min by banca from Mactan Island.
Average Depth. 100ft
Maximum Depth. 130ft
Conditions. Normally strong currents, but more predictable. Novices should be with a divemaster. Visibility up 100ft over the drop-off, but it is muddy on the shallow reef-flat from the drop-off to the shore.

It is possible to snorkel on the reef-flat at 9m to 12m, but it is muddy well offshore and has strong currents, so you require banca over.

For divers, the drop-off starts around 9m and falls to 40m. It is rich in marine life.There is a good variety of reef fish in the shallower waters.
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Mactan Island - Tambuli
Location. Off Tambuli Beach Resort.
Access. 5-15min by banca from whatever local resort you are using.
Average Depth. 65ft
Maximum Depth. 115ft
Conditions. Usually calm with some current, though it can get rough with strong currents. A dive mainly for novices. You would not normally dive here in bad conditions. Visibility up to 65ft.

Descend to an easy dive, sloping to a shelf at 21m - where the reef fish are used to being hand-fed - then the slope continues off into the depths. All the smaller reef fish will approach you looking for handouts. A good dive for macro photography.
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Mactan Island - Amboucuan Point

Mactan Island - Marigondon
Location. 100m offshore in the Hilutangan Channel from Amboucuan Point to Marigondon.
Access. 10-15min by banca from most of the resorts on Mactan Island.
Average Depth. 100ft
Maximum Depth. 180ft
Conditions. Normally choppy with strong currents, but can become very rough with fierce currents. Only very experienced divers should be with a divemaster and plan carefully for slack water. Visibility cna reach 80ft.

There are many diving possibilities between Engaño Point (Mactan's northernmost tip) and Amboucuan Point but, with so many beach resorts along this stretch, the tourist boat and jet Ski traffic is too dangeous. Further south, however, this is not such a problem.

Between Amboucuan Point and Marigondon the strong currents make for good fish life, but in some areas there is heavy coral damage from dropped anchors. Divers planning shallow dives require an experienced local guide if they are to find the best areas.
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East Side of Panganan Islet

East Side of Caohagan Islet

East Side of Lassuan Islet

Location. Located at the east side of the extensive reef tat extends south from Olongo Island to Lassuan Islet.
Access. 20-30min by banca from Mactan Island.
Average Depth. 60ft
Maximum Depth. 130ft
Conditions. Usually choppy with string and localized currents. You would not dive here in rough conditions. It is best to keep to the east side of the reef in the Olango Channel, as conditions can get really tricky on its west side, in the Hilutangan Channel. Both channels have rip currents.

Unfotunately this large expanse of reef has been overfished, but it offers good drift-diving over the drop-offs. Excellent stony corals can be seen down to 20m. A good local guide is necessary if you are to find the best points.

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Location. Located in the center of the Olango Channel, east of Lassuan Islet.
45-50min by banca, depending on how long it takes to locate this underwater island and allow for its currents. Global Positioning System (GPS) is useful here.
Average Depth. 100ft
Maximum Depth. 165ft
Conditions. Open water, fierce currents and a fierce surge if you get the tide tables wrong. This dive is only for the most experienced divers, in small groups, and not for those with heavy cameras! A good banca operator is essential to find the site and drop a shorline and anchor onto it. Once in position, the best guides use a heavily weighted shotline, and some divers use individual lines to tie themselves to the weight on the shotline's bottom. Visibility can reach 130ft.

An underwater mountain rises from the depths to within 30m of the surface. Descend the shotline and remember when you leave it that, even if you are presently in slack water, the current will soon pick up again. There are good stony corals, soft corals, whip corals, huge sponges, fishes and other pelagic species.
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