Review scuba diving in Boracay
Come discover Boracay, one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines and an oasis of peace located northwest of Panay Island on the Asian continent. This little paradise of only 7 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide is known worldwide for its beaches, breathtaking scenery and heliotropism like no other.
Boracay is also a first-choice destination for family, friends or honeymoon holidays, which will delight all ages to its multitude of sports activities and leisure activities. This place includes more than 30 diving spots, the main ones are White Beach, Yapak, Crocodile Island and Laurel Island is preferred by deep divers, snorkelers and also macro photographers for the beauty of its seabed, its marine animal and floral diversity as well as its rich and varied topography.
Where to dive in Boracay?
From North to South via West and East, you will always find an amazing and unusual spot to dive.
In the North stands Yapak, certainly the most famous dive site in Boracay. This wall of more than 30m deep in freefall is full of sharks, sea turtles and tuna attracted by the strong bay’ currents.
In the extreme south , discover Crocodile Island and Laurel Island where reefs and shallow walls are packed with colorful corals and marine life: pipefish, nudibranchs … a must for macro photography! It is also possible to enjoy night dives: a relaxation directly from the beach!
On the West Coast , the beautiful White Beach is popular for snorkeling. It owes its name to its sparkling white sand and offers an exotic and relaxing setting with its palm trees that line the 3,5km of the beach, its activities and its nightlife.
In the East , you will find Bulabog Beach, an ideal beach for water sports enthusiasts in search of sensations because the sea is more agitated and the winds there are stronger. LLig-LLigan and Lapuz-Lapuz Beach are also two beautiful beaches north of Bulabog with a lush and flamboyant landscape between bat caves and tropical forest rich in various species.
When can we go to Boracay?
The conditions are conducive to diving trips all year round. If you have a beginner level, we advise you to go between April and June because the visibility is better and the waters are shallower to make the most of your experience. You will be able to observe the explosion of colors from the coral life as well as parrot fish, damsels and turtles.
On the other hand, if you are experienced or passionate about macro photography, it would be better to go diving in the Philippines, in Boracay when visibility is poor and currents stronger from December to February. During that period, you have more chances to come across pelagic fish such as barracudas, dog-tooth tunas, trevallies, reef sharks with white and black tips.
What are the diving conditions?
The water temperature in Boracay is ideal. It is around 25 ° C between December and February and is around 28 ° C the rest of the year.
The sea is calm and shallow, which means almost no power on most dive sites. The current can be more violent around certain spots depending on their location and relief.
Visibility varies from 5 to 30m depending on the time of year. Low visibility in Boracay is mainly due to high plankton density.
Difficulty and level: diving in Boracay is generally accessible at all levels. Beginners wanting to pass their open water certification and macro photography enthusiasts will be delighted in its waters.
What do you see while scuba diving?
Boracay is an island with a thousand and one surprises! In addition to an idyllic setting and a rich culture, this place is full of wonders of land and sea.
The Camia II cargo ship is a wreck that was intentionally sunk in 2001 to create an artificial reef. It is inhabited by abundant fauna and flora: moray eels, seahorses and ghost fish hide in the metal structures of the remains! It is also a sanctuary for macro life. In addition, it is the meeting point of many species of pelagic, tropical fish and corals in various shades that make all the beauty of its waters.
In short, it’s a must-see destination for any diver worthy of that name!