Diving in Boracay & Dive Sites

Boracay Blue Mango Dive Map

1. ANGOL POINT
Start Depth: 5 meters
Maximum Depth: 16 meters
This is an excellent dive site for beginners and training dives. The reef is covered with stony corals, leather corals, nudibranchs, anemones, sea stars and sea cucumbers. It is also a favorite for night dives and is a good spot for macro photography. Good for snorkeling, too.

2,3. CORAL GARDEN & LOBSTER ROCK
Start Depth: 5 meters
Maximum Depth: 12 meters
This dive site is right off the main beach and usually has calm and clear conditions. It is ideal for beginners and training dives. It is a popular fish-feeding area, so expect to see sergeant majors, butterflyfish and batfish crowding around. A favorite snorkeling spot.

4. CAMIA
Start Depth: 18 meters
Maximum Depth: 30 meters
The Camia is Boracay’s house wreck. It is a 30 metre-long cargo boat that was sank as a Fish Attraction Device in January 2001. It has since developed very nicely as an artificial reef. The residents now include a couple of huge red bass, some bluefin trevallies, scorpion fish and a school of batfish.

5. VIRGIN DROP
Start Depth: 18 meters
Maximum Depth: 35 meters
This wall dive is ideal for deep dive training. Large sea fans and crinoids provide colorful hiding spots for bass, moray eels and nudibranchs. Rays are sometimes seen gliding through the thermoclines during tidal changes.

6. FRIDAY’S ROCK
Start Depth: 7 meters
Maximum Depth: 18 meters
A dive at Friday’s can actually cover two dive sites: Friday’s Reef which is 7 to 12 meters, and Friday’s Rock which is 12 to 18 meters. This famous fish-feeding station is a large boulder which provides photographers a chance to capture close-up shots of emperors, triggerfish, red bass, scorpionfish and surgeons.

7. BALINGHAI
Start Depth: 8 meters
Maximum Depth: 40 meters
Balinghai is two walls running parallel to each other. The deep wall features sharks and tuna while the shallow wall is pockmarked by small holes which house anthias, lionfish, triggerfish, bannerfish, puffers and gobies.

8. SANTOS PLACE
Start Depth: 9 meters
Maximum Depth: 24 meters
This site is the start of a series of walls which connect to Yapak. The drop-off is filled with cubbyholes where moray eels, lionfish, groupers and triggerfish reside. Stingrays are usually seen on the sandy bottom at 24 meters.

9 – 12 YAPAK
Start Depth: 30 meters
Maximum Depth: 40 meters
Yapak 1 and 2 are actually two separate walls which begin at 30 meters and drop down to 70 meters. The most famous of Boracay’s dive sites, close encounters with white tip and grey reef sharks, dogtooth tuna, groupers, napoleon wrasses and giant trevallies are common. Surface conditions can be rough, and therefore a negative entry is often required, followed by a spectacular blue-water descent.

13. BAT CAVE
Maximum Depth: 6 meters
This dive site is a series of small caves leading to the actual Bat Cave which is also accessible by land. Conditions must be just right to dive here, since waves usually pound against the rocks and swift currents can take you offshore. Lobsters, sea snakes and of course, the bats overhead can make a fascinating dive.

14. LAGUNA DE BORACAY
Start Depth: 5 meters
Maximum Depth: 20 meters
This dive site is located on the ”backside“ (east side) of Boracay. It is well-suited for beginners and professionals alike, with a great diversity of clams, anemones, feather stars, butterflyfish, lionfish and sea squirts. The area is quite large, and almost every inch is covered with hard and soft corals.

15. MALABUNOT
Start Depth: 5 meters
Maximum Depth: 20 meters
Although it is quite shallow, a slow steady current usually allows drift diving to cover a wide area. Sea snakes are common, while sea cucumbers, eels and feather stars can be seen waving in the current.

16. CROCODILE ISLAND
Start Depth: 5 meters
Maximum Depth: 20 meters
From a distance, this small uninhabited island looks like the head of a crocodile. Currents can be fierce except at slack tide, which makes for a beautiful collection of corals. It is a gently sloping wall with several canyons and caves containing a wide diversity of fish.

17-18. LAUREL ISLAND
Start Depth: 5 meters
Maximum Depth: 20 meters
Big Laurel and Small Laurel are two separate dive sites which are very similar and quite close to each other. Big Laurel has a tunnel swim-through filled with soft corals and nudibranchs. Both Laurels are sloping walls with healthy corals and prolific fish life.

19. CHANNEL DRIFT
Start Depth: 10 meters
Maximum Depth: 35 meters
Strong tidal currents flow through the strait, taking divers on a joy ride through canyons and crevices. Coral growth here is very impressive and occasionally white tip sharks and trevallies are sighted.

 

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