Easily accessible with some of the best dive sites in the Philippines makes Cebu and Bohol a popular area for diving. Cebu city, Mactan island and Bohol island are home to a wide selection of excellent dive sites, some right at the doorstep and others a short boat ride away.
Balicasag island, considered one of the Philippines best places to dive, boasts multiple excellent dive sites and is known for its coral covered slopes and wall with schooling jacks and barracudas. The aptly named dive site ‘Divers Heaven’ is Balicasag’s most popular site and for good reason. This vertical wall drops from 6 to 40 meters deep and attracts species like the Napoleon Wrasse, angelfish and lionfish. Sloping down to about 40 meters deep, Black forest is a reef with mainly hard corals that makes for a good drift dive. By many advanced divers it is considered Balicasag Island’s best dive site and attracts schooling fish and sea turtles, along with the usual reef fish.
Pamilican island is a small rocky island that can be dived in two separate dives. Although recovering from illegal over fishing, this place is still a Cebu diving highlight. Hard and soft corals attract an array of marine life, including Napoleon wrasse, Barracudas, Batfish and the occasional manta ray.
Cebu City and Mactan island have plenty of good dive sites within short reach, including reefs, wrecks and caves. Marigondon Cave is the most famous dive in Cebu, but for advanced divers only. Stretching from 27 to 37 meters with a diameter of ten meters, divers can swim into the cave for about 40 meters far. The cave is home to lionfish and giant crabs. At Tingo Point, also for advanced divers only because of its dept, lucky divers might see Tresher sharks or even a hammerhead shark.
Bohol diving is know for its amazing macro life, some of the best in the Philippines diving selection. A 14 kilometer long reef stretches out from Guindelman to Anda, offering dive opportunities for all levels of divers. This beautiful reef is home to sea turtles, humpback parrotfish, seahorses, nudibranchs and pipefish. With good to very good visibility, this reef makes for a good underwater photography spot.