Diving Spots in Cebu
Cebu is not only advanced in terms of it's economic status yet it has became one of the major diving site destination as well. It's perfect and breathtaking marines and aquatic resources really captivates divers and scuba diving enthusiasts.
- Gato Island
If you are on Malapascua Island, it would be only a 40 minute ride by boat to get to Gato Island, one of the loveliest marine sanctuaries in Cebu. Gato Island itself is enveloped by several large rock formations, impressive enough, but the real highlights are the assortment of reefs lying beneath the waters, and the exotic life forms living amongst them, the most notable being the whitetip reef sharks and several bamboosharks. You can also dive through a tunnel and see even more marine wonders.
- Pescador Island, Moalboal
The diving site is about three kilometers away from the southwest side of Tongo Point within the Tanon Strait. From the Panagsama Beach, the area is about 45 to 50 minutes ride in a banca. The water condition is a little bit choppy with water currents that range from strong to rough to fierce. The visibility is about 130 feet away, the average depth is open, and the maximum depth is 165 feet. This is the best dive site that Cebu can offer to diving fanatics because it gives almost everything that you wanted in a dive within a small location.
- Shark Point in Malapascua Island
This Cebu dive site is quite near to Malapascua Island is directly to its south side), and as the name makes clear, a great place to see thresher sharks, and more. Beneath the waters of Shark Point is a giant plateau, going down some 60 meters (over 200 ft), but there are also a huge number of manta rays, Trigger fish and various corals and sponges. Diving at the site by night is also enjoyable.
- Sunken Island
Located in the Southwest side of Badian Point and about an hour and a half ride by banca from Panagsama Beach in Capton Peninsula. The water condition is usually choppy with some strong water current. An experience local is needed to reach to the underwater reef. The visibility is about 130 feet away, the average depth is 80 feet, and the maximum depth is 165 feet.
- Badian Island
Located about a kilometer away from the north side of Badian Point, the diving site is just a five-minute banca ride away if you are staying on the island and a 45-minute banca ride away from Panagsama Beach. The water condition is usually choppy with strong water current to rough and fierce. The visibility is 80 feet away, the average depth is 80 feet, and the maximum depth is 130 feet. The drop-off at 115 feet shelves on around the area. Divers will expect to see the beauty of corals, sponges, invertebrates, and reef fishes. Sightings of whale sharks are common between the months of January to March.
- Olango Island - Mabini Point
The location of the diving site is about 400 meters off the shore of Santa Rosa and Poo villages. A 20-minute banca ride from Mactan, Cebu will get you there. The water current is normally strong and novice divers should always be in the company of experienced divemasters. The visibility is about 100 feet away, the average depth is 100 feet, and the maximum depth is 130 feet.
- Mactan Island- Tambuli