Day of diving in Camiguin, Philippines

Having visited all divecenters on Camiguin which we could find (there was 6 of them) we desided to go with one of the cheapest with a funny owner – Souldivers. What we got from the descriptions, there were 2 the most interesting spots for experienced divers: White island and Mantigue island.

We couldn’t go to the first place because of the weather conditions (it was stormy, and wind blew exactly from that side), and the second this dive center has been the day before. So tomorrow the were going to Jagdup reef – shoal in the middle of the sea, seems it’s even an underwater volcano. They were going there because aa week before another group saw thresher shark on the 1st dive and whale shark on the second one. I don’t really believe in luck as I know how actually rare such surprises can be but we have nothing to choose from as we have only one day left for our trip.
So 9 in the morning, the sky is cloudy but the sea is nice and calm, so we go. The way takes 30-35 minutes. By the way, the Bangka is very noisy and small, no even toilet on it. The first dive was the wall, starting from 6-7 menters and going down to 30-40. The wall is quite interesting, with overhungs and holes. Corals are ok, but nothing special. And suddenly just in the middle of the dive when we were about 20 meters, I saw silouhet of something looking like a manta ray. Immediately I pash recorb button on my camera, following the action through the display. And so I saw one, than second, then third – no, the whole school!- of them, coming to me from the depth. Not mantas, but eagle-rays! 6 of them! They approached me, turned right and disappeared in the blue! They were so amazing, those underwater birds. They made my dive! 🙂

Camiguin

Camiguin

After 1 hour surface interval on the boat we went for the second dive to the other side of volcano which was a slope. The same way we go down to the plato at 8-9 meters and going down following the slope. Current was quite strong what was expectable in the open sites like this. I see one, than the second, after the 3rr black corall, and al of them of different colors! And than we have the whole forest of them! And below on 25 meters we saw small soft corals, all colorful and the whole are is covered with them! I’m breathless as I have never seen any beauty like this! Creamy, violet small soft corals looking like underwater bonsai go together with bushi black corals (which are black only by name because of the color of the body, but the branches are of all colors: green, red, beige), and all this splendid variety of colors and brahces is filled with schools of colorful reef fish and feather stars!
No need to say I was more than happy with diving at Camiguin. Our guide was disappointed a bit: “it’s a shame we didn’t see anything special”, what we together with the other diver replied it was hard to imagine having something more amazing than this beauty looking like a Japanese garden!
When I have a chance I will definitely go diving at Camiguin again.