Ideal for: Singles and Couples of all diving and snorkelling abilities
Cebu Province, in the middle of the Philippines in the Sulu Sea, is the focus for the majority of the best and most accessible diving in the country. At the south east corner of the province, Alona Beach in Bohol is a great introduction to diving in the Philippines, from where you can experience the rich coral life around Balicasag Island, with swirling schools of Barracuda, countless Green Sea Turtles, vast wall-like schools of Jacks, Frogfish, swim throughs, and beautiful walls, Night dives from Alona Beach virtually guarantee sightings of a multitude of enchanting Mandarinfish. Alona Beach boats the most to amuse non-divers, with a wide variety of restaurants and fun beach scene, and the opportunity to take excursions to the famous Chocolate Hillsof Bohol and a change to spot a cute wide-eyed tarsier monkey in thier native habitat.
Malapascua Island, off the north coast of Cubu Island, is one of the best places in the world to spot and photograph Thresher Sharks, who arrive at Monad Shoal in the early morning to be cleaned by the cleaner by the cleaner fish and will patrol the drop the drop offs in search of their next meal. Manta Rays are frequency seen here also. It is useful, although not essential, to be able to dive with nitrox, to increase your chances of seeing these beautiful pelagics.
Negros, and the south west coast of Cebu Island, are the Launchpad for Apo Island, with its beautful corals and dense marine life.There are lots of non-diving activities in the area, including Whale and Dolphin watching tours, stunning waterfalls, caves, lakes, jungles and picturesqu beaches to be explored is fantastic with beautiful coral reefs teeming with life from the eye-catching photographer’s favourites Frogfish, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Seahorses, Ornate and Robust Ghost Pipefish, Ambon Scorpionfish, Octopus including the mysterious Mimic, colourful Nudibranches and other macro wonders to reef regulars including Lion Fish, Scorpion Fish, Turtles, Clown Fish, Bat Fish to the fascinating Thresher Shark and giant Whale Shark.