Scuba diving in Boracay is one of the hottest activities in this side of paradise. Sure, some folks get the kick out of the beautiful white sands on the island's western border and the non-stop winds on the east but a deeper kind of beauty lies underneath the island's emerald-blue waters.
With the demand of things to do on the island, scuba diving became a natural alternative to beach bumming and island hopping. In fact, a lot of people tend to mix things up and make their day in paradise quite an active one. Some would hang out in the early morning and bask in the beautiful sunrise enjoying a warm brew. After that, they would kite surf followed by lunch, then dive in the afternoon, and party come sunset.
Boracay Dive Shops
Diving is such an integral part of Boracay nowadays that dive shops literally dot White Beach. You might even have someone hand you a flier and tell you "scuba diving ma'am" or "low price scuba sir!" That can be quite annoying however give them an excuse such as not knowing how to dive, they would push further with an offer for some classes to show you the ropes.
Note that the dive centers on the island pretty much work like a cartel, which is a pretty common phenomenon in the Philippines. Everyone who has a stake in the industry would somehow agree to something akin to a standard price. The cost of a dive or a certain dive lesson will be standard for all dive centers.
You can get certified in any of the diving schools on Boracay such as Calypso Diving School, Victory Divers, Paradise Dive Center, Lapu-Lapu Diving, White Blue Diving Service, and Safari Divers among many others. Many of the hotels and resorts on the island can set up diving activities for their guests, which is something you might want to look into when booking a room in one of the many Boracay hotels.
Boracay Dive Sites
The dive sites on the other hand are just as splendid as any other diving hot spot in the Philippines. There are dive spots that are well suited for beginners and of course there are dive sites that more experienced divers will enjoy. If you're new, then your diving instructor can help you along the way not only to get your feet wet but to earn your certification.
Here are the many different dive sites in the island of Boracay.
Angol Point is a bit of common ground with regard to scuba diving in Boracay. This is one of the sites where many instructors usually take beginners out for training dive sessions. Its start depth is only at five meters and the site's maximum depth is at 12 meters. Due to the colorful array of undersea life found here it is also a popular site for snorkeling and night dives. If you can't dive without leaving your camera behind then this dive site is absolutely the place to bring one underwater.
This is one of the evidences that scuba diving in Boracay can also become a bit of an adventure. The deep wall you'll find in this dive site has sharks as staple guests. This dive site is rated with three stars and has a starting depth of eight meters. It features two parallel walls that house a variety of underwater creatures. The maximum depth of this site is at 40 meters.
Nope, this is not Bruce Wayne's private getaway in the tropics. This site can be described as one of the toughest dive sites to negotiate since the waves would almost always be slamming against the rocks. Expect really swift currents to test your skills. They didn't call it the Bat Cave for nothing. The fact is that this dive site is made up of a group of smaller caves that eventually lead to a main cave that people call the Bat Cave. Note that you can actually get to the said main cave on foot.
This dive site is located on the northern end of the island of Boracay. The site is quite challenging, thus it is usually recommended only to experienced and certified divers. A dive depth of 32 to 50 meters and strong currents are compounded into the challenge. Many diving outfitters recommend this dive site for adventure diving rather than for dive lessons.
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Beach Night Dive
This is one of the best kept secrets when it comes to scuba diving in Boracay. It's rated as a three star dive site and only has a maximum depth of five meters. This dive site is a neat little sandy area with flounders, squid, and crabs happily doing their business. The patches of corals and sea grass add to the colorful view you'll find here.
The Camia is where one goes for wreck diving in Boracay. This was once a boat that was deliberately sunk in 2001. Since then, the Camia has become an artificial reef that greatly improved the marine ecosystem in the area. This dive site is three star rated with a dive depth of 18 to 30 meters.
This dive site is on a strait with really strong currents. It is definitely recommended for experienced divers only. You get a really one of a kind natural joy ride as you drift through crevices and canyons. The corals here are pretty and if you're lucky, you might get a chance to see some white tipped sharks.
You don't always have to go far for scuba diving in Boracay. Coral Garden is located right off the main beach of the island. Since it is located on the White Beach side of Boracay, the water here is a lot calmer compared to the eastern section of the island. Many diving outfits give their beginner's lessons in this dive site. Due to its proximity to the beach, Coral Garden is also a favorite spot for snorkeling.
This island derives its name from its shape when you look at it from high in the air. It's located a short distance southeast of Cagban Port past Channel Drift and before you reach Laurel Island. The initial depth of this dive site is five meters with a maximum dive depth of 20 meters. The island itself is uninhabited but its waters have quite a spectacular array of corals along a wall that slopes gently. There are a few caves and canyons in this site that is teeming with a variety of fish.
Scuba diving in Boracay is ever fun with two in one sites such as Friday's Rock. There are actually two dive sites in this area, both of them teeming with undersea life. The two aforementioned dive sites are Friday's Rock and Friday's Reef. The reef site has a start depth of seven meters while other site has a start depth of 12 meters. Maximum dive depth here is 18 meters.
Laguna de Boracay
Scuba diving in Boracay is made a bit easier when you try Laguna de Boracay. It's located on the windier east side of the island. With a starting depth of five meters, it's a great way for any newbie to start getting immersed into the new sport. This dive site has a maximum depth of 20 meters. Undersea life is pretty diverse here with feather stars, anemones, and butterfly fish among the many things that call this dive site home.
There are two dive spots on Laurel Island, which go by the names Big and Small Laurel. These two dive sites are close to each other but each of them features quite a unique package. Both sites have a lot of corals and sloping walls. The plus you get from Big Laurel is the fact that there is a tunnel that divers have to swim through.
This site is really one of the interesting adventures of scuba diving in Boracay. This site is one that actually connects to another dive site, Yapak. What you will find here is the commencement of a chain of different walls. The entire site is really pretty and encouraging for an underwater photo op. As a matter of fact, just as divers drop off, they will be met with cubbyholes that are teeming with undersea life. The starting depth of Punta Bunga is nine meters while its maximum depth is at 24 meters.
The steady yet slow current in this dive site makes it a bit of a challenge thus it is usually recommended for more experienced divers. The steady current usually calls for some drift diving so that one can cover more areas. The site has a starting depth of five meters with a maximum depth of 20 meters. Eels and sea snakes are a common sight here along with a lot of feather stars prancing around following the flow of the current.
This is the terminus of the adventure that divers usually start with at Punta Bunga. This dive site is also well recommended only for more experienced divers. Note that it has a starting depth of 30 meters while its maximum depth is 40 meters, which is pretty deep for anyone who still needs to learn how to put on fins. Yapak is actually one of the most popular dive spots in the island.
Yapak 2 is the other wall that is directly opposite of Yapak 1. Although both these dive sites literally have the same entry point Yapak 2 is esteemed as a five star dive site. Like the other series of walls you will find in this site, Yapak 2 is recommended for the more experienced diver. Average dive depth is at 30 meters while its maximum is at 60 meters. The strong currents here will require some skill, which is mainly why some who are new to the site will need a guide or an instructor to negotiate the current.
They call it the Virgin Drop simply because it's a good deep dive. The virgin part comes from the fact that those who are new to deep diving can learn a lot from training sessions done here. This is one of the reasons why scuba diving in Boracay is such a thrilling experience especially for first timers. The initial depth of Virgin Drop is already at 18 meters with a maximum depth of 35 meters. You may even catch a glimpse of an elusive manta ray gliding by when there's a change in tide.
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