The Philippines is one of the countries that have many diving sites, one of the activities that people can try is Boracay scuba diving. Boracay is a tropical island paradise which is approximately seven kilometres long and one kilometre wide in its midriff. This piece of paradise is made of several beaches that offer a many activities that visitors can do on and off-shore. Tourists who want to explore more of the place can try snorkelling or the popular Boracay scuba diving. Scuba diving allows amateurs and professional divers to see the beauty of the island underwater. If there are numerous activities that people can do on the island, there are also several diving spots to explore for divers.
There are 15 known diving spots in the area of Boracay. The first is Beach Night Dive site which has a maximum depth of 5 meters. This is a popular dive spot for those divers a sharp eye for it is a slightly-known treasure trove. It is a sandy area that has sea grass and hard corals where crabs, nudibranchs, flounders, pipefish and squid can be found. The next dive site is Angol Point which has a starting depth of 5 meters and a maximum depth of 12 meters. This is said to be a perfect site for beginners and even divers who are training. In fact, this is a good spot for snorkelling. It is described to have sea cucumbers, starfish, leather corals, nudibranchs anemones and stony corals on the reef. The third site is Coral Garden, which is famous and a favourite for a snorkelling site as well. This is also a good spot for beginners and training for it often has a clear and calm condition. For the beautiful creature found here, there are sergeant majors, butterflyfish and batfish crowding around because it is a famous feeding ground for fishes. Another site is Crocodile Island which is starts at 5 meters that reaches a maximum of 22 meters. This dive site has a lot of gorgonian fan and whip corals with tropical fishes such as morrish idols, banner fish, pipefish, fusiliers, chromis, anthias, damselfish and hawkfish.
There are also 3 other diving sites that have the same 5 meter starting depth and a maximum of 20 meters. These are Laguna de Boracay, Laurel Island and Tulobhan Reef. Laguna de Boracay is found at the east side of the island, another site great for beginners as well as professionals. Divers describe this as a large area where one can find corals, anemones, butterflyfish, a wide diversity of clams, lionfish and even sea squirts. Laurel Island on the other hand is made up of Big and Small Laurel. Big Laurel is the spot where it has a swim-though tunnel occupied by nudibranchs and soft corals. Both Big and Small Laurel have walls which have corals and abundant fish life. Tulobhan Reef has a steady current that is usually filled with eels and sea cucumbers. It is also interesting to know that sea snakes can be found here.
In Boracay, the Bat Cave is a famous place to explore on the island. The dive spot that leads to the Bat Cave is made of small caves. This place is a home for sea snakes and lobsters. Another dive spot that starts at a depth of 7 meters and has a maximum of 18 meters is called Friday’s Rock. It is a large boulder where fish, like surgeons, scorpionfish, triggerfish and emperors feed. The next dive site is called Balinghai, starting at a depth of 8 meters and has a maximum of 40 meters. Bigger fish can be found here, like sharks and tuna. There are two parallel walls in here and the small fleapits serve as a home for gobies, puffers, lionfish, triggerfish, anthias and bannerfish. Punta Bunga is another dive spot which starts deeper at 9 meters and has a maximum depth of 24 meters. When diving here, divers will see nooks and crannies that house groupers, moray eels, lionfish and triggerfish. At the depth of 24 meters, stingrays are present. Channel Drift starts a depth of 10 and has a maximum depth of 35 meters. There are sightings of white-tip sharks and trevallies.
The other dive spots are a deeper than the first ones mentioned here. Camia for instance, starts at 18 meters and has a maximum of 30 meters. It is an interesting and different dive site for divers will be visiting a sunken cargo boat which is now a place where fish, such as huge red bass, Bluefin trevallies, batfish and scorpion fish. The second deepest site is Virgin Drop, starting at 18 meters and is 35 meters deep. Just like the other sites that provide a colourful view, it has large sea fans that serve as a hiding place nudibranchs, bass and moray eels. With the tidal changes, stingrays can be seen sometimes. The deepest of all these is called Yapak, which is made of two walls called Yapak 1 and 2. This is the most popular of all the diving sites where divers can encounter sharks, groupers, dogtooth tuna, giant trevallies and napoleon wrasses.
All these sites are worth seeing for they offer a variety of underwater scenery when going on Boracay scuba diving. However, the weather and water conditions must be checked before pushing through with the dive. In Boracay, visibility underwater has been said to be related to the water temperature. When the water is warmer there is better visibility which can range from thirty to fifty meters. This is usually happens during the summer months, from April to June. On the other hand, from December to February which are considered to be the coldest months of the year in the Philippines, there is less visibility. This is because the algae and plankton bloom during the cold months affect the visibility.
Boracay Island is known to have the fine sugary-white sand. This factor also affects the visibility under waters. The bottom of the sea which is also made of the same white sand provides great help in completing the Boracay scuba diving experience. The white sand reflects light causing more visibility. It makes the colors of the flora and fauna underwater look more vibrant. It allows photographers to take great shots of the rich biodiversity found in the waters of Boracay.
Tourists who are professionals or amateurs when it comes to scuba diving can go on these beautiful spots with the help of over 30 diving shops found on White Beach. All these shops are members of the Boracay Association of Sport and Scuba Diving. The number of these shops results to a healthy competition among them. Each of these shops makes sure that their facilities and equipment are in good condition, this in turn benefits their customers. Tourists can also take advantage of the PADI-certified instructors in Boracay. People are not only guaranteed to not only learn from the best but they are also in good hands during the drop offs and diving.
Calypso Diving School is one of the popular scuba shops on the tropical island paradise. It is located on the heart of the island itself. It is the sole National Geographic and 5-Star PADI center in Boracay. They offer courses like Search and Recovery Diver, Discover Scuba Diving, Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, Altitude Diver and Discover Snorkeling. They also offer other specialty courses such as Digital Underwater Photography, Project Aware Specialist and Aware Coral Reef Conservation. In order to train and teach these courses they do have air-conditioned classrooms and a swimming pool of their own.
Another scuba shop in Boracay is New Wave Divers. They also have an extensive array of diving courses. People can take advantage of the PADI experience courses taught by diving masters. They make sure to handle small groups during dives to make sure that the divers are safe. These courses are offered with guaranteed personalized services to make experienced, most especially those beginners to feel comfortable during the dive. New Wave Divers also offer free trials for those who are having second thoughts about diving. They are also one of the scuba shops who have partner hotels and resorts. This partnership produced a variety of packages that are inclusive of accommodations and diving lessons.Diving rates are between Php 3,500 to Php 48,000.
Victory Divers is another popular scuba shop on Boracay, which was established on the year 1992. It was one of the very first scuba shops on the tropical island paradise. It was established by PADI Master Instructor Victor Ocskai. They offer courses that suit both amateur and professional divers. They have introductory and advanced courses. Some of their courses include Master Scuba Diver, Discover Scuba Diving, Divemaster, Emergency First Response, Equipment Specialist, Photography Diver, Deep Diver and Videography Diver.
For international tourists who are looking for instructors who can speak their language, Watercolors Diving Adventure is a great scuba shop for them. They have multi-lingual instructors which is perfect for tourists who want to learn diving courses in their own language. Some of the languages that they are proficient are English, Scandinavian and Dutch. This scuba shop, boasts its equipment which included Scubapro wetsuits, regulators and Technisub fins. Watercolors Diving Adventure offer courses such as Advanced Open Water, Enriched Air Diver and PADI Rescue Diver.Their rates start from Php 2,000 to Pho 65,000.
Another 5-star PADI center is called Safari Divers. This scuba shop is located on the White Beach just like the others. This shop has customized speed boats which they use for the diving lessons. They also have quality scuba equipment which can be rented. From wetsuits, tanks and regulators; tourists can have them rented. For tourists who came to Boracay to learn scuba diving, this shop offers lodgings to its students. This package is a great deal for tourists who would want to save and learn diving at the same time.The diving rates of Safari Divers range from Php 2,000 to 40,000.
White Blue Diving Service is also one of the more than 30 scuba shops found on Boracay. This shop is considered to be one of the most inviting shops to learn diving. They have an array of extensive scuba diving courses in Boracay. They also have snorkelling courses that beginners can take. The dive masters here teach diving students basic diving techniques and advanced ones that include navigating dive site that have strong currents and precipitous walls. These courses are taught in English or Japanese on a daily basis, taking students to the different dive sites in Boracay.The White Blue Diving Service ranges from Php 1,500 to Php 80,000.
These are just a few of the many scuba diving schools and shops in Boracay. The number alone proves that Boracay offers great reefs to be explored. One common thing that these shops teach their diving students is how to explore the sea without rescinding the coral reefs and the natural environment. Boracay is a tropical island paradise that has a beautiful underwater biodiversity. Boracay scuba diving is a nature-friendly activity that allows people to explore these wonders up close and personal.