Diving in Boracay

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What is a tropical vacation without checking the local marine life? Boracay has gained a solid reputation for macro diving because of calm tides and the abundance of small critters such as, piperfish, gobies and nudibranchs, as well as the usual colorful reef fishes like damsels, angelfish, wrasses, squirrelfish and cardinals. Generally at 15-20 meters, there are parrotfish, emperors, triggerfish, and groupers. Some sharks, tunas, trevallies and rays are sighted at the deep water of Yapak and Camia. Coral growth is very healthy and spectacular in areas with steady current, such as Crocodile Island and Laurel. The surface temperature is 28 degrees Celsius between December to February and can go up to 38 degrees Celsius between March and June. Visibility is at an average 30-50 meters from April to June and about 15-25 meters visibility all year round. The currents along the longer parts of Boracay Island – east and west- are mild and perfect for beginners or training. For the northern and southern channels along Boracay Island, the currents could be fierce and tide time tables are consulted prior to diving. The bottom composition of Boracay dive areas at any depth is fine white sand, which reflects sunlight and makes the surrounding very bright during dives.

To summarize the dive sites in Boracay Island, for beginners best to chose Angol Point, Coral Garden, Laguna de Boracay and for deep diving training, Virgin Drop. Yapak, Laurel, Crocodile Island and Balinghai are best for sloping wall dives that goes as deep as 40-70 meters. Check out Camia for wreck diving. Camia is Boracay’s house wreck, has a 30 meter-long cargo boat sank as a Fish Attraction Device in January 2001 and since developed into a nice artificial reef. For diving on drifts, check out Channel Drift and Tulobhan Reef.

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