Mactan Cebu

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Diving Mactan Cebu Philippines

Description :
Within a stone throw from Cebu airport, diving in Mactan-Cebu cannot get any easier, and it’s no surprise that this is one of the most popular dive destinations in The Philippines. Think wall diving, drop-offs, coral mounts, carpets of seagrass, wrecks, caverns, you get a little of everything in Mactan. Couple this with the colorful and diverse marine life around Mactan and surrounding islands, it keeps divers coming back for more time and time again.
Where is it :
Central Visayas, Cebu, Philippines
Number of dive sites :
Type of Diving :
Guided – shore, boat, deep, drift, wreck, night
Skill Level :
Beginner to advanced
Main Diving Attraction :
Various wall dives, sardines, barracudas, jacks, batfish, all present among superb coral gardens
Average Water Temperature :
Between 27°C (80.6°F) to 29°C (84.2°F)
Seasonality :
All year round with its summertime (January-May) being the driest time with the best visibility and usually calm waters.
* Note: Sep-Dec is typhoon season, but Cebu is not much affected by the typhoon passing through since it’s outside the typhoon belt
Typical Visibility :
Ranges from 10m (32.8ft) to 30m (98.4ft)
General Current Conditions :
Mild to moderate
Family / Non-Diver Friendly :
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Snorkelling, hiking, visiting the Olango Wildlife Sanctuary, and loads more.
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
Availability of Medical Facility :
Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
House Reef :
Dive into a gentle slope with some boulders and coral formations which is then followed by a small drop off. Here, you will typically spot juvenile pufferfish, porcupine fish, seahorses, blue ribbon eels, pegasus, shrimps and crabs. An ideal relaxing dive for those who like searching for critters.
Tambuli :
Make your way down from the top of the reef which features a carpet of seagrass and coral mounds, going down to around 22m, where a fuselage of an airplane rests. Sometimes currents do pick up, which makes for a fun drift dive where you will see schools of damselfish, sergeant major fish, catfish, butterfly fish, and more.
Agus Wall :
Take a relaxing dive along a wall covered with soft and hard corals which is home to an array of sponges, ferns, anemones and a swarming host of brightly colored reef fish. If you are lucky, you may just be able to spot manta rays and whale sharks cruising by from time to time.
Kon-Tiki :
This is a favorite spot for a night dive along a wall that is abundant with marine life. The sheer amount of crabs, shrimps, octopus, and many other macro critters is sure to keep you entertained. During the day, schools of sardines and mackerel are common spectacles.
Tingo Point :
A deep dive usually reserved for advanced divers. You will descend down a sandy slope until you hit 25m, and then down a wall to a ledge at 40m to what the locals call “shark point”. Here you may have the chance to have an encounter with the thresher sharks, or even the hammerheads.
Nearest Airport :
Mactan Cebu International Airport (IATA: CEB)
Notes :
Flying into Mactan-Cebu Airport is your gateway to one of the best diving in Cebu with airport transfers to the dive resorts (~30mins by car) typically included in the trip itinerary for your convenience. Talk about ease of travel! 🙂
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