Cebu’s white sand beaches, crystal-blue waters, warm climate and abundant underwater life are but a few of the reasons it has become one of the most prestigious diving spots in the Philippines. Truth is, there are dozens of diving spots in Cebu, and this is only counting the ones that have already been discovered. Diving in Cebu has been one of the most sought-after water activities of the island. Beginners can loaf along the shore-based diving sites while expert divers can go deeper into the water and explore the wrecks. Cebu is a certainly the ultimate diver’s haven by providing multiple spots for every diver’s pleasure.
With the dozens of diving sites to choose from, we narrowed down a list of the top diving sites in Cebu that you might find useful:
- San Juan Wreck, Lilolan – Wreck diving is a fascinating yet challenging experience and the San Juan ferry provides just that. The 60m/180f-long vessel lies 50m/150f underneath water. Daytrips are usually conducted on this wreck with a long surface interval. For tourists who want to swim alongside whale sharks and mantra rays, this is possibly the perfect spot for you.
- Sunken Island – This Island is certainly one of the best diving sites but, unfortunately, it can only be visited during certain times of the year depending on weather conditions and sea situations. The top of the island is 22 meters and continues to go down to more than 250 meters. There can be rather strong currents in this site so it’s mostly visited by experienced divers.
- Malapascua – The Malapascua Island is the liveliest island among the other diving sites. This island, with its small yet picture perfect marine life, makes diving in Cebu spectacular.
- Olango Island – Kanstantik – an underwater mountain full of corals, fish and large sponges; Tingo point – a deep-dive shark point with big cavern begs; and the Talima Marine Sanctuary – a site with a nice sea bottom, with sea-grass beds and coral mounts with amazing fish life. These are but a few of the sites located in the Olango Island, which is a boat ride away from Mactan Island.
- Moalboal – Moalboal is home to a line of hotels, restaurants and, of course, diving sites for both beginners and experienced divers. White Beach and Copton Point are excellent sites due to their abundant soft and hard corals surrounded by different sea creatures. Beginners can practice their diving skills on the reef of Panagsama while the more experienced ones can partake of a thrilling adventure on the Pescador Island. Diving in Cebu in Moalboal can also be done in Saabedra, Tapanan, Tongo Point and Bas Diot.
These are but some of the hundreds of diving sites of Cebu. The marine life on Mactan and the surrounding islands is wonderfully colorful and diverse, and that keeps tourists keep coming back for more. Diving in Cebu makes the ultimate underwater experience incomparable to any other. There will never be a shortage of sun, sand and sea in this vibrant island.