Boracay Dive Sites & Safaris
With lots of dive sites surrounding Boracay, including beautiful coral reefs, sheer walls and interesting wrecks, there is something to entertain and excite every diver. Most dive sites are between 5 and 30 minutes away, making the diving here convenient as well!
Here are a few descriptions of our most popular local dive sites, but there are many more choices available to you.
Depth: 4 – 22m; Ability Level: All; Travel Time: 15 minutes
One of the top dive sites on Boracay and very popular with all levels of diver. Very healthy sloping coral reef with plenty of both soft and hard corals. A massive variety of macro life with different types of nudibranch, anemones and the full range of fish life simply covering the area. This site is described as beautiful by divers, with lionfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, boxfish, scorpionfish, sweetlips, pipefish, eels and even the occasional sea snake. Also an excellent choice for a night dive when the current is right.
CAMIA II WRECK
Depth: 25 – 31m; Ability Level: Advanced Open Water (or as a Wreck Adventure Dive); Travel Time: 5 minutes
The wreck of a cargo ship purposely sunk on 8 January 2001, has become overgrown and inhabited with a large variety of marine life. On the sand at 29m, garden eels and ribbon eels can be found, as well as pygmy seahorses and ghost pipefish a short way from the wreck on the coral bed. The wreck itself, sitting in an upright position and intact, is home to lionfish, snapper, grouper, boxfish, batfish and many others. The engine room is often filled with copper sweepers, while the masts are covered in interesting macro life.
Depth: 12 – 18m; Ability Level: All; Travel Time: 10 minutes
A large rock rising from 18m to about 10m. Plentiful marine life can be found on the rock itself, on the sandy areas and patch reefs surrounding it, and especially over the top of the rock where spectacular fish displays can be witnessed. Large bass, schools of surgeonfish, angelfish and a huge number of damselfish swirl around. Triggerfish, lionfish and scorpionfish are also common to the reef. Don’t neglect the cracks and crevices of the rock and outer reefs, where octopus and mantis shrimp may be found.
Depth: 32m+; Ability Level: Experienced divers only; Travel Time: 15 minutes
An exhilarating deep drift dived on a rising tide, with the opportunity to see the larger marine life of Boracay. After a negative entry, descend down towards the wall and enjoy red-tooth triggerfish swirl around you. The wall begins just below 30m and drops off sharply, and the whole area is teeming with fish, including grey reef and white tip sharks. Jacks, tuna, snapper, sweetlips, triggerfish and barracuda swim around on the edge of the wall in the current. Sharks can sometimes be found sleeping in the crack on the wall plateau.
Depth: 8 – 22m; Ability Level: All; Travel Time: 15 minutes
This is a beautiful wall dive with a lovely coverage of feather stars, sponges and healthy coral varieties, especially table and soft corals. Many different types of nudibranch can be found here and this site is great as a dive for macro photographers. The fish population varies with the currents: blue ribbon eels, morays, lionfish, scorpionfish, boxfish and many more make their home on this reef. Also take a close look at the gorgonian sea fans and see if you can spot the tiny and rather shy pygmy seahorses.
Depth:22 – 30m; Ability Level: Advanced (or as an Adventure Dive); Travel Time: 5 minutes
The Tribird is a 21 meter long 3-engine airplane with a 25 meter wing span and passenger capacity of 36 that was sunk on 1st March 2012. Already a large family of colorful squid have made this their home. The wreck sits up-side-down with the nose on the deeper part of the gentle slope. Beyond the wreck, the reef drops off as a steep wall with the possibility of larger marine life coming up from the deep. For those who want to take a look inside, Calypso will be running PADI Wreck Specialty training on request.
BEACH NIGHT DIVE
Depth: 3 – 6m; Ability Level: All with night dive experience (or as Night Adventure Dive)
This shallow shore dive can be spectacular at night. Even before arriving at the reef, the snake eels in the sand provide amusement. On the patch reef, there are a huge variety of shrimp and unusual crabs. Octopus and even seahorses can be found in this area. Cuttlefish often swim by and their colours shimmer with the torch light. Lionfish may be seen hunting and parrotfish sleep in their night-time bubble. Also enjoy the bioluminescent ‘fireworks’ by putting your torch to your chest and swishing the water with your hand.
Depth: 10 – 25m; Ability Level: All; Travel Time: 10 minutes
This site has varied topography starting with a reef plateau at around 12m with anemones and morays, then dropping off to a wall down to 18m. At the base of the wall there are beautiful patches of coral and an artificial reef which is now well inhabited with fish and critters. Interesting hard coral ‘tree’ formations and barrel sponges alongside the reef balls make for a fascinating landscape. Snapper, lionfish and even the wonderful clown triggerfish can be observed, as well as abundant macro life such as ribbon eel and nudis.
Depth: 15 – 37m; Ability Level: Medium; Travel Time: 15 minutes
This is a thrilling drift dive with fast current that runs through the channel between the islands of Boracay and Panay. The topography is multiple stair-like drop-offs, hence the name Channel Steps. Gorgonian fan corals, whips and barrel sponges are everywhere on the bottom, along with some rocks that give shelter to sweetlips and groupers. On the steps at around 30 meters are some small cave-like outcroppings where whitetip reef sharks and rays often rest. This dive is a lot of fun, so zoom along and enjoy the ride!
Depth: 5 – 18m; Ability Level: Medium; Travel Time: 15 minutes
This dive starts at just 5m with a delightful swim-through where colourful pink, orange and yellow corals and purple dragon nudibranchs can be found. Then you move on to a sloping coral reef where you often find unusual critters not seen on many other dives. Various eels, nudibranchs and a wide range of clownfish make their home here, as well as cowfish and cuttlefish at the base of the reef. This dive is also possible for beginners on the right tide, but usually there is some current so part of the dive involves a drift.
Depth: 6 – 14m; Ability Level: All; Travel Time: 5 minutes
A shallow site excellent for beginners, and a relaxing dive for the more experienced and for photographers. There are several big coral heads rising up from the reef, with plenty of fish and interesting macro finds. Swarms of anthias and damsels, butterflyfish, lionfish, blue ribbon eels, morays and nudibranchs can all be found. This site has many anemones, where you can see the beautiful ’Nemo’ clownfish as well as porcelain crabs and commensal shrimps. A lovely introduction for Discover Scuba Diving participants.
Depth: 10 – 26m; Ability Level: All; Travel Time: 15 minutes
When dropping over the beginning of the wall, numerous red-tooth triggerfish are usually seen. Along the wall itself, which drops off to around 20m, you can see emperors, groupers, eels and boxfish. There are also a number of outer patch reefs slightly away from the wall on the sand, and spending the time to head out to these areas can reward you with sightings of blue-spotted stingrays and free-swimming lionfish. Mantas and other larger rays, as well as hawksbill turtles, have occasionally made an appearance here.
Depth: 9 – 20m; Ability Level: All; Travel Time: 20 minutes
Popular with all levels, this is a gentle dive on a healthy reef with abundant feather stars and plenty of both hard and soft corals. There is a wide variety of macro life, including many nudibranchs, eels and anemones with their clownfish, shrimps and crabs. Butterflyfish, pufferfish, lionfish and colourful cuttlefish inhabit the area. At the base of the reef, colonies of garden eels live in the sandy bottom. Sea snakes and the occasional turtle may also be seen. This site is perfect in windy weather since it is well sheltered.
BORACAY DIVE SITES LOCATIONS
Other dive safari options include day trips and liveaboards to Panay, Maniguin and others. Contact us for more information and availability.
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Station2, White Beach, Boracay