Dive Sites

There are two major diving areas, the North and South route. Let us present them in more detail.

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NORTH ROUTE: Two Islands & One Abondoned Port

In a 20-30 minutes boat ride we will reach Turtle Island which have seven popular dive sites. The island got its name from its look from far distance. This area is perfect for a double tank trip and even suitable for a single dive as well. With an hour of boat ride we will arrive to our second island Danjugan. What once used to be a threatened and overfished area is now a well-protected sanctuary with a huge diversity of marine life. The Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation did a formidable job to save  the Philippine island. Danjugan offers us a big diversity of dives and sites. On the east side of Danjugan our last and very special dive site is an abondoned port where you will have an amazing view of the ports pillars and the marine life surrounding them, reaching down to the bottom.

Turtle Island

TURTLE HEAD & NOSE: These two dive sites are on the same huge reef. It is not possible to explore it all in only one dive and the reason they have been named as two different sites. The sites are a colorful and healthy reef located on the north west corner of the island. It is surrounded by damsel fish, anthias and groups of banner fish. Either at the beginning or the end of the dives, the reef is decorated with huge gorgonians. The depth of the sites is 5 to 30 mt. Good for experienced divers.

SUNNY SUNDAY: Perfect starting point for the beginners or for the divers who have been away from diving for a long time. It is a shallow reef very near to Turtle Island's southern beach. Typical tropical fish groups, puffer fishes, groupers can be seen. 5-10 mt depth.

DIENTE DE LOBO: Facing the open ocean, located on the west side of the island. You will experience a beautiful diving scenario with underwater valleys and amazing rock and coral formations. Here you can spot damsel fish, bat fish and banner fish. The depth goes down to more than 40 mt. Experienced divers only.

EL PUNTO: In the south west corner we find El Punto. It is a long reef with a steep slope falling from 8 to 40 mt. Turtles, large groups of tropical fish, octopus and stone fish can be spotted. In the end of the dive we often encounter some drift all along the reef. This site is included in the marine reserve. Good for all divers. Easy.

JULIEN’S WRECK: In the 70’s a cargo ship sank naturally on the southern shallow reef of Turtle island. It has been smashed into four big pieces which has already become a part of the reef. All those pieces constitute perfect hideouts for all kinds of marine life and therefore attracts large groupers, dozens of sergeants, fusiliers, butterfly fish, big squids, giant lobsters and lots of nudibranchs. This site is included in the marine reserve and therefore fishing is totally forbidden. Depth is 5 to 12 mt. Good for all divers. Easy.

NUDILAND: Also, in the marine reserve we find this spectacular dive site. Coral slopes between sandy and rocky valleys, where a lot of different nudibranchs can be found as well as napoleon fish, eagle ray, groups of trevallies, fusiliers and moray eels. The depth reaches down to 30 mt.

MARINE RESERVES: For the dive sites within the marine reserve there is an additional fee of 150 pesos for divers and 50 pesos for snorkeling per day. The yellow square on the map shows the sites within the marine reserve area.

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Danjugan

TANGUIGUE REEF: The reef starts at 17 mt. All around the reef you will see large groups of soft and hard corals. Something you don’t want to miss in this spot are the big fan corals stretching out alongside the reef. Yellow snappers, blue trolleys, napoleons, turtles and potato groupers can accompany your visit here. 17 to +40 mt. Advanced and above level divers.

BONIFACIO REEF: Another beautiful reef you wouldn’t like to miss. Located on the most Southern point of Danjugan. The depth is ranging from 10-40 mt. Here you can experience napoleons, moray eels, turtles and trolleys. Good for all level of divers.

TWIN PEAKS: Just 50 mt. away from the beach you will find this hidden pearl of dive site. You will feel like you are visiting an ancient town with its several rock formations covered with a lot of hard corals. Depth between 8 to 35 mt. For all divers.

THE CLAMS: Is a well-protected dive site with the best coral garden in the area. You will be amazed when you see the huge fan corals and giant clams surrounded by anemone fish, clown fishes and triggers. 5 to 30 mt. depth. Perfect spot for all level of divers.

WILSONS REEF: This reef is long and shallow. Most of it is colonized by soft corals. Requires good conditions to dive. The depth is 5 to 15 mt.

NORTH WALL: Sportive and remarkable dive site but often exposed to currents and waves. With good conditions it’s a must to dive. 5 to 35 mt depth. It has a small cavern filled with manta shrimps.

MARINE RESERVES: For the dive sites within the marine reserve there is an additional fee of 300 pesos for divers and 150 pesos for snorkeling per day. The red lines on the map shows the sites within the marine reserve area.

 

Danjugan

The Port

MAD MAX: Is the abandoned port of a copper mining company closed approximately 20 years ago. It’s a mix of coral reef and muck diving under the pillars of the port’s pier. Frog fish, lion fish, moray eels, sea snakes, trolleys, nudibranchs, dragon fish are possible to spot here. Depth ranges from 5 to 24 mt. Perfect site for all level of divers.

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SOUTH ROUTE : Wrecks & Reefs

In our south route we offer two wrecks. A world war II wreck (SS Panay) and a cargo ship (MS Jojo) are resting at the bottom of the Campomanes Bay. They are located approximately one hour boat ride from Sugar beach and awaits your visit. Add to that several spectacular reefs. Only 20 minutes away we reach the dive site, Sunken Island, a bit north of Punta Ballo Beach, that is one of our top three reefs. Further on our route on both sides at the entrance of the bay we also have some amazing reefs that we promise you, you wouldn´t like to miss.

SS PANAY: In March 1942 in Campomanes Bay, the SS Panay, a civilian vessel that carried supplies for the war, sunk after a torpedo was shot from a Japanese airplane. Sipalay was an important center of provisions for the United States army in the fight against the Japanese invasion. The wreck lies as a silent witness of the war at 40 mt. After more than 70 years under the water, you still can see the gas masks and some supplies laying in the wreck. We enter the spot with free descent down to 33mt where the wreck starts to appear. The blast zone can still be seen. Bat fishes, lion fishes and potato groupers can be spotted. For deep specialized and experienced divers only.

MS JOJO: An 80 mt long cargo vessel that sunk in the 80´s, lying on its starboard side. Starting from 23 down to a maximum depth of 36 mt. Between the two mastils the ship’s hold a huge area with an easy entry. In and around the wreck you can see a lot of lionfish, batfish, soldierfish and cardinalfish. Due to the depth advanced divers only.

SUNKEN ISLAND: 30 minutes from Sugar beach we reach the first reef in the south route. It is a spectacular reef ranging from 8 to 30 mt. Here you can spot schools of fish, snappers, butterflies, fusiliers and scorpion fish hidden in the fire corals. Suitable for all levels of divers.

MANTA DROP: Located along the shoreline after Sunken island in front of White Beach. Turtles, emperors and occasionally tunas are seen. This spot often has currents for you to enjoy an easy drift dive. 5 to 30 mt depth. Suitable for all level of divers.

EVA´S POINT : A dive site located on the corner of Campomanes Bay. The reef slopes with two impressive walls that go straight down from 5 to 28 mt. The walls are nicely decorated with gorgonians and soft corals. Scorpionfish, nudibranchs, trolleys are often seen. Easy dive which suits all level of divers.

SPIRAL DROP: Is located at the south corner of the bay's entrance. The coral reef makes a steep slope from 5 to 25 mt. It consists of a huge coral hill, at 26 mt. facing the Campomanes Bay. Schools of fishes, hawkbill turtles spanish dancer and lobsters can be spotted. Easy dive suitable for all level of divers.

MARINE RESERVES: For the dive sites within the marine reserve there is an additional fee of 150 pesos for divers and 50 pesos for snorkeling per day. The yellow squares on the map shows the sites within the marine reserve area.

South Route