Diving in Boracay, Philippines

Many tourists think there’s no diving on paradise Boracay island. Beautiful beaches but absolutely nothing to see under water. After having lived and dived there for 6 months I can claim: unless it is not the most outstanding diving place in Philippines, diving in Boracay does exist! You just need to know the sites 🙂

Some places like Coral Garden and Angol point are good for beginners. Lots of colorful hard corals and small reef fishes. And lot of introductory divers as well : – ) Balinghai and Diniwid are quite nice and not difficult as well. By the way quite often you can find frog-fish and turtle there.
Among easy dive-sites my favorite is picturesque Crocodile island (wall from 3 till 20 meters). No, it’s named this way not because it’s full of crocodiles but because it has a shaped of it. Getting there takes about 20 min from White beach by boat. Wall is all covered with various colorful soft corals and gorgonians; there are lots of small reef fishes, nudibranchs, sometimes you can find frog-fish, mantis shrimp, ribbon eel, sea snakes and school of squids.
Camia-2, ship wreck. 18-26 m. It was sunken about 15 years ago. For this time it has been nicely covered with soft corals and became an artificial reef. Here you can find both macro (nudibranchs, orangutan crab, ghost pipe fish) and big staff like trevally and marcel coming for dinner.

And finally the most interesting site is definitely Yapak-2! It’s a wall starting at 30-35 meters, often with strong currents. This dive site is definitely not for beginners. Surface orientation is not quite clear, so you really need to have a very good guide who knows where exactly you need to jump into the water.

Crocodile isl

Crocodile isl

Yapak-2

Yapak-2

Camia-2

Camia-2

Crocodile isl

Crocodile isl

You are falling down to 30 meters into the blue till you reach the bottom. On 30 meters sloppy bottom turnes into drop off going to 50-60 m. The most beautiful part is this edge at 30-35 m, where you can see a lot of colorful soft corals, surrounded by bunch of small fishes, and very often whitetip reef sharks, big tuna and barracuda pass by.