Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Central Visayas

Ready to check out the best sites in Central Visayas for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 126 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in Central Visayas to suit your needs.
Central Visayas dive site map
Marine Reserve of Masaplod Norte

#1 - Marine Reserve of Masaplod Norte

Philippines, Pacific

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Municipality of Dauin, Negros Oriental Island. Easy shore entry, medium sized reef in relatively shallow water (top part of reef is in 30ft of water, bottom part of reef is in 75 to 80ft. of water). Lot's of marine life, large snappers, rock cod, sweetlips, trumpetfish, schooling jacks, barracuda, batfish, garden eels, a very large resident turtle with remoras, and tons of reef tropicals. This is a must dive for the area.
Bas Diot

#2 - Bas Diot

Philippines, Pacific

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clownfish, lionfish and altheas. Off the western side Cebu Island of the Visayas group.
Daquit Shoal

#3 - Daquit Shoal

Philippines, Visayas, Siquijor

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Top of the shoal is only 5m deep. E from Villanueva, Siquijor Island. 2h30min from Alona Beach by Banca.
Dolphin House

#4 - Dolphin House

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Moalboal

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The dive site is located in front of the Dolphin Resort, NW of Moalboal peninsula.
Katipanan

#5 - Katipanan

Philippines, Visayas, Negros, Apo

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SW side of Apo Island.
Mar y cielo

#6 - Mar y cielo

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Mactan

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In front of Vista Mar building. 3min from Shangri-La. Mar y cielo is also known as Vista Mar.
Climaco

#7 - Climaco

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Mactan

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Soong, Mactan island.
Tambuli

#8 - Tambuli

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Mactan

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There is a small airplane at the end of the slope (22m deep), surrounded by truck tires. Soong, Mactan island. 8km from Kon-Tiki.
Kon-Tiki

#9 - Kon-Tiki

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Mactan

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Very nive corals at 10m deep. Wall is great. For all divers. Biodiversity is great! Watchout for Frogfish, Mandarin fish, Ghostpipe fish, Blue ring octo etc. Hadsan Beach Cove, Maribago, Mactan Island Kon-Tiki is also known as Kon Tiki.
Bas Coral

#10 - Bas Coral

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Olango island

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Current may be strong sometimes... Take care! SW of Olango island. 12min from Kon-Tiki. Bas Coral is also known as Cathedral.
Nalusuan Island

#11 - Nalusuan Island

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Olango island

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10km S of Olango island. 27min from Kon-Tiki. Nalusuan Island is also known as Nalusuan Island Resorts and Marine Sanctuary.
Santa Rosa

#12 - Santa Rosa

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Olango island

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You can meet Dolphins sometime in the area! W of Olango island. 20 min from Kon-Tiki.
Talima

#13 - Talima

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Olango island

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TarimaTarima NW side of Olango island. 25 min from Kon-Tiki. Talima is also known as Tarima.
Panagsama Beach

#14 - Panagsama Beach

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Moalboal

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Dive site in in front of the two warfs and the jetty. The dive site is just in front of Sumisid Loadge Panagsama beach.
Parker

#15 - Parker

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Mactan

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Suba Basbas, Mactan Island. 22min from Kon-Tiki.
Talisay Wall

#16 - Talisay Wall

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Moalboal

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SW of Moalboal peninsula.
Kasai Point

#17 - Kasai Point

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Moalboal

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W of Moalboal peninsula. The dive site is in front of two appartments (one white and the other yellow).
Mactan

#18 - Mactan

Philippines, Pacific

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clownfish, lionfish and altheas. Off Cebu Island of the Visayas group, next to the shore diving resorts.
Rudy's Rock

#19 - Rudy's Rock

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Panglao, Balicasag

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S of Balicasag Island.
Coco Grove

#20 - Coco Grove

Philippines, Visayas, Siquijor

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San Juan, just in front of the dive shop, W Siquijor Island.
Solangon

#21 - Solangon

Philippines, Visayas, Siquijor

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San Juan, W of Siquijor Island.
Paliton Wall

#22 - Paliton Wall

Philippines, Visayas, Siquijor

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W side of Siquijor, S of Paliton Staghorn dive site
Paliton Staghorn

#23 - Paliton Staghorn

Philippines, Visayas, Siquijor

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Nice coral structures. W side of Siquijor Island (Just S of West Point)
Sawang

#24 - Sawang

Philippines, Visayas, Siquijor

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San Juan near Coco Grove, W of Siquijor Island.
Tongo point

#25 - Tongo point

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Moalboal

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Turtles are often seen at Tongo point S point of the Copton Peninsula
Badian Island West

#26 - Badian Island West

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Moalboal

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750m N of Badian point
White beach

#27 - White beach

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Moalboal

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Off white beach, just south of Copton Point and Airport point. White beach is also known as Saavedra.
Tuble Reef

#28 - Tuble Reef

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Moalboal

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Nice dive site for second dive. There is small caves at 27-30m deep. S of Dolphin house
Sunken island

#29 - Sunken island

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Moalboal

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This site is well known for its large fish shoals, sponges and gorgonians. Lot of Lion Fishes are on the S side. A must! This is the site where the 1st underwater wedding ceremony in Asia was officiated by a Catholic parish priest in Sangi Sunken island, Badian, Cebu, Philippines. Underwater plateau located S of Copton peninsula, SW of Badian Point. Sunken island is also known as Sunken Island Cebu.
Cambaquiz

#30 - Cambaquiz

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Cabilao

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Impressive wall ! There is a larger cave at about 30m... Gentle slope with sandy channels on the E side of the dive site. Just in front of the village of Cambakis, NE of Cabilao island.Start on the S side of Cambaquiz beach. Cambaquiz is also known as Cambakis Point.
Fish Sanctuary

#31 - Fish Sanctuary

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Panglao, Balicasag

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This is a protected marine site, with large jack shoals. W part of Balicasag island, starting just S of the BIDR resort. Fish Sanctuary is also known as Marine Sanctuary.
Cathedral wall

#32 - Cathedral wall

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Panglao, Balicasag

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NNE of Balicasag island.
Rock-Point

#33 - Rock-Point

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Cabilao

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Rock point borders a protected underwater area. W side of Cabilao island.
Santa Cruz

#34 - Santa Cruz

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Cabilao

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Nice sandy slope. Many small invertebrates to look for. E side of Cabilao island
Black forest

#35 - Black forest

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Panglao, Balicasag

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Black forest is the main attraction of Balicasag island. A nice slope full of small fishes, and deeper, the black forest. Except the black coral, you also can see large schools of silver jacks / surgeon fish, and turtles. SW of Balicasag island. S from the school. Black forest is also known as Northeast slope.
Coconut

#36 - Coconut

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Cabilao

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Don't miss the large schools of barracudas! SW side of Cabilao island
Sunken Island

#37 - Sunken Island

Philippines, Visayas, Siquijor

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The top of the shoal is about 12m deep. W from San Juan, Siquijor Island.
Shangri-La House Reef

#38 - Shangri-La House Reef

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Mactan

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A classic dive of Mactan island. Ghost pipefish can be seen there. Only 5km from Kon-Tiki. NE of Mactan island.
Gato Island - Houseguard reef

#39 - Gato Island - Houseguard reef

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, North Cebu

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Start in front of the guard house, then dive along Gato to the south. There are large rocks covered of gorgonians. A nice dive. Located N from Cebu, Gato Island is a small deserted island. The houseguard is located on the northeast side of Gato island.
Coconut point

#40 - Coconut point

Philippines, Visayas, Negros, Apo

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The current may be very strong in this area. Take care! Only for diver with current experience. Extreme N of Apo Island.
Doña Marilyn Wreck

#41 - Doña Marilyn Wreck

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, North Cebu

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The Dona Marilyn sunk in 1984. It lays on its starboard. Top of the wreck is 17m, bottom is 35m. SW of Manoc-Manoc island Doña Marilyn Wreck is also known as Manoc Manoc.
Hiltongan Island

#42 - Hiltongan Island

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Olango island

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This is the best dive of Mactan area. Don't miss it! 7km S of Mactan Island, 20min from Kon-Tiki. Hiltongan Island is also known as Hilutungan Island.
Sanctuary

#43 - Sanctuary

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Moalboal

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As far as I know, this dive site is still FORBIDDEN ! Extreme N of Moalboal penninsula.
Whale Rock

#44 - Whale Rock

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Mactan

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Maribago, Mactan island. 3min from Kon-Tiki. Dive the NE part of the rocks. Whale Rock is also known as Dakit Dakit.
Mamsa Point

#45 - Mamsa Point

Philippines, Visayas, Negros, Apo

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Sharks may be seen in deeper water. E point of Apo island.
Pioneer Wreck

#46 - Pioneer Wreck

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, North Cebu

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Torch is strongly recommended, as well as a serious deep dive experience! N from Malapascua Island
Kan-Uran

#47 - Kan-Uran

Philippines, Visayas, Negros, Apo

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E point of Apo island, just S of Mamsa Point.
Largahan

#48 - Largahan

Philippines, Visayas, Negros, Apo

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NW side of Apo Island
Santa Maria

#49 - Santa Maria

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, South Cebu

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Look for garden eels at the 20m sandy floor. Near Marine Village. Entry point is S of a nice white cimetery bow-chapel. Santa Maria is also known as Garden Eels.
Marine Sanctuary

#50 - Marine Sanctuary

Philippines, Visayas, Negros, Apo

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Great dive site. Well known for 'Clownfish city' (only 5m deep). SE side of Apo island. Marine Sanctuary is also known as Clownfish city.
Luisan Shoal

#51 - Luisan Shoal

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, South Cebu

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NE of Oslob. 1h+ from Marine Village. Luisan Shoal is also known as Caceres Reef.
Cogon

#52 - Cogon

Philippines, Visayas, Negros, Apo

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NE side of Apo island, E from the lighthouse.
Tingo Point

#53 - Tingo Point

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Olango island

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There are many chances to see Thresher Sharks in the morning. Extreme N of Olango Island. 25min from Kon-Tiki.
Liloan Wreck

#54 - Liloan Wreck

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu

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To visit the wreck you have to pay 150 pesos to the local responsible people (they come to you with their little banca). It's a big wreck (superferry)the top of the wreck is around 35 meters, the bottom is at exactly 50 meters, not really a marine life (shoal of batfish and few soft coral) the bottom is a sand, to penetrate the wreck is easy, but careful to not be lost inside. They said that the wreck was burn, but i didn't see any trace of fire, some people think that they sank it to get the insurance's money. The mark is the buoy with a little tree on it, just follow the rope of the buoy to go directly on the wreck Liloan Wreck is also known as Liloan superferry, San Juan Wreck.
Chocolate Island

#55 - Chocolate Island

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, North Cebu

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Good dive site for macro photography with a good diversity of sea life: cuttlefish (with flamboyants), sea snakes and snake eels, seamoths, dragonfish, Pegasus and batfish, seaslugs and a lot of shrimps. Small Island between Cebu tip and Malapascua Island.
Gato Island - West

#56 - Gato Island - West

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, North Cebu

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Pygmee seahorse, sea snakes, gorgonians and black corals... A very nice dive. West side of Gato Island. Gato Island - West is also known as Last Part.
Gato Island - The Cave

#57 - Gato Island - The Cave

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, North Cebu

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This L shape cave is really great. Once in, just go to the surface and watch the bats! Then go back to the bottom and continue to the NW. There is a nice lightening window on the right (good for photographers). Turn left and you should see the exit. There are often reef sharks at the exit point, or below the large rock just after the exit. The marine life in the cave is really great. A lot of flatworms, sea slugs, crabs, cat sharks... The entrance of the cave is just south of the houseguard, near the surface. A hole allow bats to enter the cave.
Gato Island - The Wall

#58 - Gato Island - The Wall

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, North Cebu

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Large boulders and a very nice small wall close to the island. Southwest side of Gato island. There is a 'buoy' (boat life jacket) for mooring.
Biton Resort Housereef

#59 - Biton Resort Housereef

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Anda

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Biton Resort Housereef is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Anda which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Bahura

#60 - Bahura

Philippines, Visayas, Negros

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Bahura is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Philippines, Visayas, Negros which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Sydney Park

#61 - Sydney Park

Philippines, Visayas, Negros

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Sydney Park is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Philippines, Visayas, Negros which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Gimmon Place

#62 - Gimmon Place

Philippines, Visayas, Negros

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Gimmon Place is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Philippines, Visayas, Negros which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Masaplod South

#63 - Masaplod South

Philippines, Visayas, Negros

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Masaplod South is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Philippines, Visayas, Negros which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Luca Sanctuary

#64 - Luca Sanctuary

Philippines, Visayas, Negros

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Luca Sanctuary is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Philippines, Visayas, Negros which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Mainit

#65 - Mainit

Philippines, Visayas, Negros

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A nice drift through corals and at the end hot underwater springs.
Agus

#66 - Agus

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Mactan

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Agus, Mactan island. 3min from Kon-Tiki or Hadsan Beach Resort.
Masaplod Sanctuary

#67 - Masaplod Sanctuary

Philippines, Visayas, Negros

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Masaplod Sanctuary is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Philippines, Visayas, Negros which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Ship Wreck

#68 - Ship Wreck

Philippines, Visayas, Negros

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Ship Wreck is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Philippines, Visayas, Negros which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Ginama Point

#69 - Ginama Point

Philippines, Visayas, Negros

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Ginama Point is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Philippines, Visayas, Negros which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Bonets Corner

#70 - Bonets Corner

Philippines, Visayas, Negros

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Bonets Corner is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Philippines, Visayas, Negros which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Fish Sanctuary

#71 - Fish Sanctuary

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, South Cebu

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Current is variable Fish Sanctuary is also known as Sumilon 1, Sumilon island drift dive.
Olango Cave

#72 - Olango Cave

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Olango island

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The bottom of the cave is at exactly 60 meters, a huge field of gorgona and soft coral on the sloap in front the cave, a shoal of big snapper live around the cave Access by Banca (local boat), the floatting bambou is a mark of the drop off. Technical Deep Diver or Tec Trimix level required
Snapper Cave

#73 - Snapper Cave

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Anda

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This is a Wall Dive with e cave at 24m. Severa divers can enter it. There is a huge gorgon on the entrance of the cave. Schools of fishes can be seen around.
Mandarin City

#74 - Mandarin City

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Anda

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This dive must be done at dusk. There are plenty of mandarin fishes going out of the reef just before night. Take your time as they are not easy to spot.
Flower Beach Resort House Reef

#75 - Flower Beach Resort House Reef

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Anda

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This is wall dive with a strong current. The wall goes down to 60m. This is a nice dive with many coral species. Difficult to take pictures...
Lumayac

#76 - Lumayac

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Anda

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This is a wall dive very similar to Snaper Cave. Many corals to watch.
Paradise Wall

#77 - Paradise Wall

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Anda

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This is a drift dive along the house reef of the Flower Beach Resort.
Cordova White Sand

#78 - Cordova White Sand

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Mactan

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20 min fron marine Station by banker boat Cordova White Sand is also known as Cordova.
Dap Dap

#79 - Dap Dap

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Anda

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Relatively shallow dive, suitable as second dive of the day. Best suitable for beginners or as introduction. Nicely populated steep wall. Occasionally barracudas, but more the tiny things. Many tiny naked snails and sea spiders, some schools of hump head parrot fishes. Boat dive, about 6 min., 1.5 km.
Paradise Garden

#80 - Paradise Garden

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Anda

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The best snorkeling spot of all. fantastically populated wall from 3 to 30 m. Suitable for beginners. Here you can follow the typical V profile, or perform a more than 2 hours shallow (about 8 m) dive. Beautiful coral landscape. Some big fish. Wide lens area for underwater photographing. Boat dive, about 18 min., 4.5 km
Bacong

#81 - Bacong

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Anda

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Steep wall is densely populated by corals. MAybe not suitable for beginners, because of the depths and currents. On the other side this spot is full of life. Some turtles. Boat dive, about 8 min., 2 km, similar dive site Virgen East House reef and Virgen-South House reef.
Coco White South

#82 - Coco White South

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Anda

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Nicely populated steep wall. Giant shells, Sergeant Majors, Naked snails, Spanish dancing snails, barracudas etc. 20min by boat from Flower Beach Resort. Coco White South is also known as Coco White South.
Wonder Wall

#83 - Wonder Wall

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Anda

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Simple dive site, nice steep wall and grottos. A small wreck and fresh water source at 27m. 25 min from Flower Beach Resort
Pogaling

#84 - Pogaling

Philippines, Visayas, Bohol, Anda

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Shallow (max. 14m) dive. Large area of stone coral forest with small channels to pass. 25 min from Flower Beach Reesort
Magellan

#85 - Magellan

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Mactan

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Normally low vis but there is a lot of small stuff to see as well as frog fish and pipefish. Do not dive when current is strong Punta Engano West. One of the few places to dive on this side of Mactan.
Tingo Wreck

#86 - Tingo Wreck

Philippines, Visayas, Cebu, Olango island

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