BOHOL DIVING HOLIDAYS

 
 

Diving Holidays In Bohol

Cabilao lies off the west coast of Bohol, fringed by palm trees and sandy beaches, Cabilao Island is a true paradise for divers who want to discover the 800 different species of corals and fishes did the underwater world offer here. It is a government protected area of 8 square kilometers well suited to divers who like it away from mass tourism and commercialization.

Panglao Island is one of the more popular tourist destinations on the Philippines. Located in the southwestern tip of Bohol, south of Cabilao, it is connected to Bohol by a causeway. Panglao it’s a charming small coralline island with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Panglao's Alona Beach is a protected area.

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Diving In Cabilao

Cabilao offers intact nature and the Philippine way of life, by themselves making a visit worthwhile. But it is mostly the fringing coral reef, more than 12 km long, dropping to 50 m depth, which attracts visitors to the island from all over the world. The fantastic coral growth and the great biodiversity of fish, nudibranchs and sponges can even surprise widely-travelled divers. There are perfect dive spots for beginners and experienced divers. Examples of dive sites include:
 
CURRENT VIEW POINT: This plateau in approx. 25-30m depth is located on the north-western corner of the island, where quite often there is current. The sandy bottom is full of broccoli and some fan corals and if you look hard enough you will find the rare Pygmy seahorse. It’s also a good dive to see white tipped reef and sometimes other sharks, schools of barracudas and jackfish. The bottom is home to ghost pipefish, many different nudibranches and thorny seahorses.  
 
LIGHTHOUSE: This is a highlight for under water photographers as it has a great variety of rare marine life. Several kinds of scorpionfish, different ghost pipefish, pegasus, stargazer, crocodile snake-eel, sea snake, many different kinds of shrimp and crabs and the fascinating lightning file shell are all regularly sighted.
 
GORGONIA WALL: It is completely covered with different kinds of corals, giant gorgonias, sponges and has many small caves and overhangs. Plenty of coral fish, rare nudibranches, frogfishes and pygmy seahorses can be spotted. Occasionally large napoleon wrasses are cruising by. This easy dive is especially recommended for afternoon dives.
 
SOUTH POINT: This dive is best in late afternoon when the sunlight hits the corals directly. Schools of jack fish and many varieties of reef fish are seen. Also this is a good spot for novice divers.
 
FALLEN TREE & TALISAY TREE: A gradual slope from the shore to 18m and then a steep wall which slopes down to approx. 50m makes this a great drift dive for the advanced diver. Off the wall and in to the blue, you can sometimes meet schools of large barracudas or even turtles. Frogfish, pegasus and rare nudibranches are also be found on the slope. At the end of the dive

Diving In Panglao

Panglao Island is one of the main tourist destinations on the Philippines for the natural beauty of  Alona Beach and because of its great diving. It offers a huge variety of dive sites and an incredible rich marine life. Pristine white sands of Alona Beach lead to the blue waters. Here you'll find parrot and Cardinalfish, flatworms, shells, Frogfish. Moreover, the reef top is one of the best night dives in the area.

Heading east from Alona Beach you will find Arco Point, also known as the “Hole in the wall” because there is a vertical tunnel which you can enter at 9m and exit at 18m. The marine life here is really unique. The tunnel is lined with soft corals and whips, lots of morays and fish. The conditions are normally calm, with little or no current, and a visibility of up to 30m.

Only 45 minutes from Alona Beach there is another amazing dive sites, the Black Forest that, as the name suggests, is known for its incredibly prolific black corals.This is a steep sandy slope that reaches to a depth of over 40 meters. Hidden around the branches you'll find a lot of animals, large groupers, Napoleon Wrasse, barracuda, tuna, snappers, and Batfish. Going up, the black corals will end at about 30 meters, and in the shallower waters you will see a large variety of fish, and plenty of sea stars, sea cucumbers, and colourful Crinoids.

On the western tip of Panglao you will find the Pungtud wall, a beautiful coral garden, which starts at 2 meters, and slopes down to about 20 meters. You can get there a banca to bring you here, but it is great for snorkeling as well as for diving. Although currents can be strong, you will normally only go there when conditions are calm. There are good soft, leathery and stony corals with lots of small fish  like Anthias, Raggy Scorpionfish, Ribbon Eels, Sea Cucumbers, Sea Urchins, and Sea Stars, Angelfish, Puffer-fish, Butterfly-fish, Wrasse, and Anemones with Anemone Fish.

 

Diving Seasons In Bohol

The climate in Bohol is tropical without many temperature variations through the year, 28 to 35 degrees Celsius. Bohol has a less pronounced rainy season than we describe for the dive seasons for the Philippines in general.

From November to February the climate is cool and dry, while during summer, from March to May, the climate is slightly hotter than normal and in May there is the risk of typhoon. From June to October the climate becomes rainier and you can experience heavy downpour.

The water temperatures are cooler between December and February (26 to 27°C) than between March to May (29°C).

Cabilao's  shoals of Hammerhead sharks tend to congregate in between December and June.

Dive Sites Of Bohol

HOUSEREEF

Directly in front of Alona Beach it slopes down to 20m and is good for training, orientation and night dives. There are many varieties of soft and hard corals and schools of lip fish, butterfly fish and doctor fish can be spotted. 

TAWALA SANCTUARY 

Just about 5 minutes from the dive center is this relatively new sanctuary.  Lots of schooling fish like jacks, yellow-fin barracudas and surgeonfish. But also small creatures like different shrimps and nudibranches are often seen. 

ARCO POINT

Only 2km away from Alona Beach, this dive has a colony of sea snakes and a dive thru tunnel. This site is covered with soft corals and is home to schools of glass fish, moray eels, snake eels and frogfish. Occasionally there is current along the drop off, which makes for exiting dives for the more experienced divers. It is also suitable for beginners. 

DOLJO BEACH

Fan Coral Garden and Hammerhead Point are on the north side of Panglao and have a great drop off for deeper dives with huge fan corals, elephant ear sponges and giant frogfish. 

PAMILACAN

This site is excellent for drift dives and can have strong currents with a good chance to see manta and whale shark.

CURRENT VIEWPOINT

This plateau in approx . 25-30m depth is located on the north-western corner of the Iceland, where quite Often there is current. The sandy bottom is full of broccoli and some fan corals and if you look hard enough you will find the rare pygmy seahorse. It's therefore a good dive to see white tipped reef sharks and sometimes other, schools of barracudas and jackfish . The bottom is home to ghost pipefish , many different nudibranches and thorny seahorses .

LIGHTHOUSE

Next to Current View Point is a slope covered with sea grass and corals going down to 20m . This is a highlight for underwater photographers as It has a great variety of rare marine life. Several kinds of scorpionfish , different ghost pipefish , pegasus , stargazer, crocodile snake eel-, sea snake, many different kinds of shrimp and crabs and the fascinating lightning file shell are all Regularly sighted. Do not miss any day or night dives at this fantastic dive site.

White tip and black tip sharks are not uncommon in this area. And if you are very lucky you might also have to encounter with one of the mighty hammerhead sharks, who sometimes visit the Cabilao .

GORGONIA WALL

This wall runs 100m out from and parallel to the shore. It starts at 5m and goes down to 60m and is completely Call covered with different kinds of corals, giant gorgonias , sponges and small caves and Has many overhangs. Plenty of coral fish, rare nudibranches , frogfishes and pygmy seahorses can be spotted. Occasionally large napoleon wrasses are cruising by. This dive is easy Especially recommended for afternoon dives .

SOUTH POINT

This is similar to Gorgonia wall. The most spectacular coral formations are in between 5 and 12m . This dive is best in late afternoon When The sunlight hits the corals directly. Schools of jack fish and many varieties of reef fish are seen. So this is a good spot for novice divers.

Drink And Dine In Bohol

Panglao Island has plenty of restaurants and bars directly on the beach, these can get really busy during the high season, but nightlife is relaxed and quiet, a small paradise of peace and tranquility, ideal for a respite from city life.

Bohol Getting There

A dive holiday to Bohol, booked through Planet Dive, will include your transfers unless otherwise agreed. This will normally involve a ferry from Cebu City to Bohol, approximately 2 hours, followed by a road. Cabilao will then require a short outrigger boat ride to the island while Panglao is reach by road via the causeway.

Resort Summary

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  • Multi Activity
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