Scuba Diving in Boracay

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Scuba Diving in Boracay, Boracay Overview

Known for its beauteous white beaches and azure blue water, Boracay is a tropical paradise in the Philippines. One of the top thrilling adventure activities on the island is Scuba Diving. You can dive in deep into the clear waters and explore the vibrant coral reefs, and swim with beautiful colourful fish and the macro aquatic life. The plentiful wildlife of the ocean attracts not just adventure enthusiasts but also a lot of underwater photographers who want to capture the gorgeous underwater life in their cameras.

There are several diving sites, a dozen of which are situated on the White Beach itself. You can learn scuba diving here and enjoy a single dive for a price as low as $33. There are many certificate courses available depending on the level of difficult- you can just learn the basics, or choose an expert course if you want to become a trainer.

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Best Diving Sites in Boracay for Scuba Diving

  1. Yapak 2 - Yapak 2 is one of the best diving sites in Boracay with a wall that starts at 30 metres. Aside from vibrant and gorgeous corals, the highlight of the dive are white tip and grey reef sharks, tuna and barracuda etc.
  2. Camia Wreck - Camia Wreck is the diving site with the varying depth of 18 metres and 25 metres. Unfortunately, the wall sunk in 2011 and is currently a ruin of artificial reef, also known for its residential school of batfish that visit here frequently.
  3. Crocodile Island - Crocodile is a tiny island that is popular for its scuba diving and snorkelling activities. Replete with a whole and flourishing marine life, the site is especially popular for its redtooth triggerfish, and a wealth of critters etc. You can also try night diving here. The area is especially thronged by marine and underwater photography.
  4. Puntat Bunga - The highlight of this diving point is the mix of hard and soft colourful corals. Among the schools of fish that you might come across, the most popular ones include groupers, lionfish, angelfish, butterflyfish and parrot fish etc. At deeper heights, you can also find tuna, barracuda, schooling jacks and reef sharks etc.
  5. Balinghai - Balinghai is a slightly shallow diving site with a depth of around 12 metres only. On this reef plateau you can find beautiful table and leather corals. There are also artificial corals. Be careful of critter and blue spotted stingrays that are often hiding under the corals.

Best Time to Visit

Although you can dive at Boracay any time of the year and it will be always a delight, however, April to June is considered the best time as the visibility is the best during this time which is easily 20 - 30 metres. Alternatively, during December to February, the visibility reduces to 5 - 10 m due to the increase in the density of Plankton in the water. The water temperature is also colder between these months while it is a moderate 32 degrees to 35 degrees celcius in April.

How to Reach

The nearest airport to Boracay Island are the Kalibo International Airport and Godofredo P. Ramos airport. Godofredo P. Ramos airport is situated in Caticlan from where you can take a motor tricycle ride to the Caticlan Jetty Port. At the Jetty Port, there are regular boats ferrying tourists to Boracay Island. Kalibo Airport is around 60 kms from Boracay. From here also, regular public transport is available for Boracay.

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