Coral Garden

Coral Gardens

Depth: 10m/30'

Considered very good snorkeling in the area and a great dive for novices and photographers, it can also be a drift dive to or from the Manila Channel. Coral strewn terrain shelves out from the beach to 9m/27' where large corals heads can be found on a sandy bottom.

Pink

Pink Wall

Depth: 12m/40'

A fallen overhang which, when dived on the correct tide, is perfect for novices and photographers. It also makes a good night dive.

Hill

The Hill

Depth: 12m/40'

A great dive with some interesting creatures such as sea horses, nudis and octopus. Elephant ear corals and sponges abound, with small reef fish teeming around them.

Batangas Channel

Batangas Channel

Depth: 15m/50'

Either as a drift or an easy poke about this dive site has many unusual sponges and coral formations.

Wreckpoint

Wreck Point

Depth: 15m/50'

Rocks and corals lead down from the large wreck that is actually positioned on the rocks at the surface. Very nice hard corals and all the expected fish make this a good dive for novices and photographers.

Washing

Washing Machine, Verde Island

Depth: 15m/50'

A high-voltage dive made over a series of seven shallow gullies with the current taking your bubbles in all directions, and throwing you around. Requires some experience of current diving. Made at slack tide it is an easy dive.

Manila Channel

Manila Channel

Depth: 18m/60'

An abundance of stony hard coral can be found at this dive site. The reef starts in 1m/3' of water and extends out until two small walls are encountered, which drop down to 24 meters. Interesting basket sponges, tube sponges, and whip corals, along with frequent frogfish sightings make this a great dive. There is also a fiberglass wreck at 21 meters and a good “muck dive” area.

Monkey Beach

Monkey Beach

Depth: 18m/60'

A stunningly beautiful dive site. A coral slope down to 20m/70' makes it an easy dive, good for novices. Along with a small wreck in 19 meters you’ll see small coral heads with beautiful crinoids, Nudibranches and plenty of small reef fish. It’s also a great place to take “bubblemakers” for their 2 meter dives.

Sabangwreck

Sabang Wreck

Depth: 18m/60'

It is actually an area, which includes 3 wrecks. Two are wooden and one is steel. The old Chinese fishing junk was sunk off the front of Sabang beach in 1993. A resident school of very friendly batfish and large surgeonfish make this a popular dive. Surrounded by sand, the wreck has attracted many eels, large lionfish, damsels, trumpets, and the occasional stonefish. Flounders and stargazers inhabit the sand and excellent place to study the many goby and shrimp relationships. The newer wooden wreck seems to be a popular place for frogfishes and large trumpet fish. The steel yacht can also have frogfish and quite often, ghost pipe fish. This dive site is also fantastic for swimming through sandy areas up to the sea grass where you can find all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures.

Hole

Hole in the Wall

Depth: 18m/60'

Situated on Escarceo Point, this dive is typically performed as an 18m/60' profile. Allowing for currents you drop into 9m/30' of well-lit water, with lovely hard and soft corals. You descend in several stepped drop-offs, each about 3m/9' to reach The Hole at about 13m/45'. The Hole is about 1½m/5' wide covered with multi-colored sponges and crinoids and can lead to the Canyons. There is potential to see some of the larger schools of drummers, snapper, batfish and sweet lips.

Christopher

St. Christopher (Multilevel)

Depth: 24m/80'

A retired 20m live-a-board dive boat sunk off the end of the El Galleon Pier in 1995, this is a good start to begin exploring the reef fronting Small Lalaguna Beach. The wreck itself is pretty much fallen apart but there are some great things to find on and around it. In the past year this became the area to find the Rhinopias.

Sabangpoint

Sabang Point

Depth: 24m/80'

A colourful wall dropping down to 24m/80', with stony corals, soft corals, many fish and unusual invertebrates such as large cuttlefish and octopus. A ridge rising to 5m/15' is covered with more colorful crinoids and corals. Turtles seem to make appearances here quite often. A good night dive.

Ernies

Ernie's Cave

Depth: 27m/90'

Ernie was a large lone grouper, sadly departed. There are two caves, one at 21m/70' and the other at 27m/90'. Plentiful fish life, including shoals of surgeonfish, unicorn fish, fusiliers and snappers and some very pretty gorgonian fans at depth.

Dungon

Dungon Wall

Depth: 27m/90'

Great multilevel dive. A catamaran wreck sits in 27m/90' at the bottom of the wall. The wall rises to right up to the shallows. Lots of hard and soft corals and small marine life.

Shark

Shark Cave

Depth: 27m/90'

One large, and one smaller overhang, which are favorite spots for the white-tip reef sharks to rest during the day. Usually visited at the beginning of multilevel dive on the Pink Wall area or as a stop on the way to the Canyons. Good for Nitrox.

Escarceo

West Escarceo

Depth: 30m/100'

A dive site suitable for all levels. The reef starts in shallow water and follows a steep slope down to 30m/100'. Depending on the current you may find yourself being propelled towards the Canyonsor the Hole in the Wall or simply hanging amongst the schools of fusiliers and tunas. Always lots to point out both above and on the reef. Some very large boulder corals and table corals in shallow water make it a favourite for photographers.

Canyons

The Canyons

Depth: 30m/100'

This is one of Puerto Galera’s signature dives. It is an exciting drift dive for experienced divers. There are three drop-offs below the Hole in the Wall covered in soft corals and sponges. You can duck into the canyons for a break from the current. There is much to find on the bottom but primarily it is the large school of drummers, snapper, emperors, sweetlips, barracudas, jacks, trevally and occasional sharks that make this an exciting dive. The dive ends at a 1½m/5' anchor embedded in the coral, where the group can gather before being swept off for a blue water assent to the safety stop in the current. Excellent Nitrox dive.

Escarceo

M/V Alma Jane

Depth: 30m/100'

Right off the end of our pier! This 30m steel hull and wooden cargo vessel was sunk in March 2003 and has turned into a fantastic dive site with great fish life. It sits in 30m of water and is a perfect training site for different courses such as nitrox, wreck, and deep specialties. Sweet lips, snapper, batfish, jacks, lionfish, boxfish, and rabbit fish have taken to the wreck

Atoll

The Atoll

Depth: 33m/110'

Rising from 33m/110' to 20m/65' this large rock has several small crevices on the bottom side where reef sharks and stingrays have be found. On the other side, the rock overhangs making it a good place to explore with a flashlight with eels, lionfish, Nudibranches and octopus and beautiful soft corals. Large groupers are sometimes spotted as well as the larger pelagic fish. Good for Nitrox.

Manila Channel

Odie's Dingding

Depth: 33m/110'

An advanced level dive, which is most suitable on nitrox. This is an 8m/25' high wall located off Manila Channel. The wall is covered with 3m/7' gorgonian sea fans and large black coral trees, not seen at the other dive spots in the locality. Numerous small holes in the wall are home to eels and blue-triggerfish. Stingrays and tuna are common and a tremendous variety of soft corals can be studied on the shallower (25m/80') end of the wall. This also happens to be a home for frog fish.

Sinandigan

Sinandigan Wall (Multilevel)

Depth: 40m/130'

The best site in the area for the variety of nudibranches all on one dive. Great for macro photography! The wall goes down to 40m/130', with numerous corals plus many different varieties of Nudibranches and plenty of larger fish.

Japanese

Japanese Wreck

Depth: 42m/140'

It’s a short but sweet dive! Well worth it for experienced divers on a low nitrox mix to get some extra time. Situated on a flat sandy bottom, all that remains of this Philippine fishing boat (which was taken over by the Japanese during the war) is the engine block and propeller shaft. Two very large moray eels are residents, along with 30+ sweet lips. It’s also possible on nitrox to swim up to the Boulders to stretch out the dive time.

Dropoff

Drop Off Verde Island

Depth: any depth

A fantastic day trip! Pinnacles brake the surface on the East side of Verde Island and drop away to great depths. A vertical reef with some beautiful gorgonian fans, sea snakes, frogfish and some large pelagic schools. An advanced dive because current can be tricky. Volcanic bubbles rise through the corals at the safety stop.

Giant Clams

Depth: 18m/60’

This site has become famous for the “muck diving” over the past few years. Along with the 25 Giant clams you can also see seahorses, mimic octopus, and other delightful weird creatures.

The Boatyard

Depth: 18m/60’

Another great “muck diving” site. Great to get your nose down and feet up and look for all the weird creatures such as velvet ghost pipefish, seahorses, frogfish, and other creepy crawlies.

Hibo

Dry Dock

Depth: 28m/90'

Sunk in 1998, it actually looks like a big table. Sweetlips, snappers, pygmy seahorses, frogfish and interesting shrimps can all be here. It’s an advanced level, straight profile type of dive, which is great on nitrox.

Sabangbay

Sabang Bay

Depth: 12m/40'

The bay of critters! This is a place to see a lot of creatures. From 12 meters up to the sea grass in 4 meters you can spot things such as dragonet’s, flounders, stick pipefish, ghost pipefish, snake eels, stargazers, mimic octopus and quite often, a big resident turtle. Bring your cameras!

Coral Cove

Depth: 24m/80'

An interesting multi-level dive for divers of all levels. With resident electric scallops, and pygmy seahorses plus blue spotted rays, cuttlefish, and recent thresher sightings this is a site not to be missed.

Hibo

Kilima Steps

Depth: 24m/80'

A series of reefs, small walls and varying contours that nicely wind you back up on a multi-level dive profile. Great corals and lots of fish including many red-toothed triggers, anthias, and pallet surgeonfish, banded sea snakes and octopus.

Kilima Drift

Depth: 28m/90'

A high voltage drift dive for very experienced divers only. It’s a good chance to see some big fish in the big currents. Tuna, mackerel, shoals of jacks and wahoo are frequently there.

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The Boulders

Depth: 30m/100'

A series of reefs, small walls and varying contours that nicely wind you back up on a multi-level dive profile. Great corals and lots of fish including many red-toothed triggers, anthias, and pallet surgeonfish, banded sea snakes and octopus.

Hibo

Hibo Reef

Location: Off White Beach

Access: 30 minutes by banca west from La Laguna Beach.

Conditions: Exposed open water so can be rough, and usually has current.

Visibility: can reach 40m/130ft.

Depth Range: 18-100m+/60-330ft+

A pinnacled shelf from 18-40m/60-130ft rolls off into a steep, in places overhanging, wall. Good fish life exists, particularly in the 45-60m/150-200ft range, with schools of surgeons and fusiliers in evidence, and reef sharks and hawksbill turtles common. Several kinds of Sweetlips cluster around the caves and crevices that pock the wall at all depths.

Large gorgonians and whip corals make the middle parts of the wall very picturesque, and depending on where a diver has drifted to, the shallower areas provide a lively place to decompress. Current is normally strong on top of the wall, very mild at depth.

Mapating Cave

Location: About 12 miles/20km km NW on a soal offshore from Maricaban Island.

Access: Can be done as a day trip taking lunch at Ligaya Resort in Anilao or as a single dive trip.

Conditions: Best conditions in April/May when generally calm. The site is very exposed during the July to November SW monsoon. Tidal considerations are important in planning this dive.

Visibility: up to 40m/130ft.

Depth Range: 45m/150ft in the main cavern, to 60m/200ft plus in the cave.

This sea cave has its entrance on a short wall on a shoal about 1,000 meters off shore from Maricaban. The main cavern is at 45m, is hemispherical in shape, has a high ceiling and is generally a safe overhead dive. Two corridors lead back from the main cavern and take you just to the limits of the daylight zone. Flashlight fish can be found here. The main part of the cavern harbours many groupers, Marble Rays, and reasonable chance of sharks ( Mapating means Many Sharks in the local language, Tagalog.) In the right hand tunnel there is a low restriction which leads into a true cave, a passage way leading down into a large chamber which you enter at 57m. Here also there is a good chance of seeing big rays which seem to favour the total darkness to lay their corkscrew shaped eggs. Though hard to locate this is a fascinating dive at the cavern or full cave level.

Sweetlips

SweetLips Corner and Marcus Cave

Location: In the mouth of Batangas Channel

Access: 5 minutes west of La Laguna beach by banca.

Conditions: Lies offshore where swell and currents can be heavy.

Visibility: from 20-30m/60-100ft

Average Depth: 51m/170/ft

Maximum Depth: 60m/200ft

In this area a very gentle slope leads to a wall which starts at 40m/130ft and falls to between 51m/170ft and 60m/200ft. Two distinct sites lay at either end of the wall a couple of hundred metres apart. Markus Cave is a picturesque cavern next to a set of ledges which have beautiful deep water reef fish, and often harbour White Tip Reef Sharks, whereas Sweetlips Corner to the east has a dog-leg swim through at 51m/170/ft around which cluster a large school of Ribbon Sweetlips shelter, along with Emperors, Jacks and Batfish. Pelagics such as Dog Tooth Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo and occasionally Mantas have been seen here. This dive is best around slack high tide, plan for a drifting decompression.

Secret

Secret Reef

Location: The mouth of Batangas Channel, east of Sweetlips corner.

Access: Five Minutes by boat from La Laguna beach.

Conditions: Similar to Tech. Site 2.

Average Depth: 57m/190ft

Maximum Depth: 64m/210ft

At Secret Reef the sandy slope rolls off from 45m and steepens into a rocky underwater cliff which bottoms out at 64m/210ft. The area isteeming with resident schools of large fish, notably Batfish, Emperors, Snappers and Jacks. Take care of a gloomy overhang at 57m/190ft which is always full of large lionfish. Drifting west from here one will eventually reach Sweetlips Corner, to the east you will find an interesting little cave in which a number of good size Barramundi Cod live. An excellent dive, best at slack highwater, decompress drifting.

Mahmouds

Mahmouds Reef

Location: In front of Coco Beach

Access: Five minutes west of La Laguna Beach

Conditions: Almost always diveable but is exposed to current.

Visibility: 12-40m/40-130ft.

Average Depth: 42m/140 ft.

Maximum Depth: 44m/145 ft.

A pair of roughly parallel walls or ridges divided by a sandy valley, one of which ranges from 30m/100ft. to 39m/130ft, and the other down to a maximum of 44m/145ft. At the base of the deep wall is a small swim through , actually a good place to hide and watch fish, and the surrounding area has at least three mystery anchors encrusted with coral. Either the remains of a long since rotted away wooden vessel, or lost by boats in trouble in bad weather. The area is quite exposed to current but when the tide is running there is very active fish life here, and coral cover is unusually good for a deeper dive. Decompressions will be drifting.

La Laguna

La Laguna Point

Location: In between Big and Small Laguna Beaches

Access: Two minutes from La Laguna by banca

Conditions: Can be dived under any surface conditions but strong tides should be avoided.

Visibility: 12-40m/40-130ft.

Average Depth: 45m-50m/150-170ft.

Maximum Depth: 66m/220ft

The outer reef line moves shallower here as it passes in front of Big La Laguna beach, being between 30-38m/ 100-125ft on the top. This steps down to a beautiful terrain of coral covered knolls and hills on a slope which extends to beyond 60m/ 200ft..Best diving here is in the mid depth range, look for curious circular pyramids of coral rubble being patiently constructed as homes by a species of tile fish common to the area, and make the most of a good flashlight to check out numerous small ledges and holes in the reef. Given the right tide it should be possible to move shallower to an interesting wreck of a Floating Dry Dock sunk several years ago, and sometimes on all the way to shallow water for decompression.

Sabangreef

Sabang Reef

Location: In front of Sabang Beach

Access: Two minutes by boat from any Dive Centre

Conditions: Diveable under any surface conditions, strong currents on spring tides are best avoided as current will pull a diver off the reef.

Visibility: 12-40m/40-130ft.

Average Depth: 48m/160ft.

Maximum Depth: 60m/200ft plus.

Sabang Reef is in fact a small area of a ridge line which runs for hundreds of metres both east and west. It is one of the most beautiful of the deep water coral gardens in the area with spectacular gorgonian fans, whips and formations of barrel sponges. In amongst the pinnacles at the base of this short wall you will find the obligatory school of inquisitive Ribbon Sweetlips, Barramundi Cod, Emperor Angel Fish, Clown Triggerfish and more. Somewhere in the nooks and crannies resides a Honeycomb Moray approaching 3m/10ft long, and the sandy reef top is a good place to spot Blue Spotted Stingrays darting away.

Monkeybeach

Monkey Wreck and Monkey Beach

Location: East of La Laguna and Sabang Beaches, just beyond Sabang Point.

Access: Five minutes boat ride east of La Laguna Beaches.

Conditions: Surface conditions will always permit a dive here, although once again, avoid strong currents.

Visibility: up to 40m/130?.

Average Depth: 51m/170ft

Maximum Depth: 69m/230ft

The Monkey Beach Wreck now lies upsidedown, stable in 45m/150ft of water on top of a short wall. It has some of the most outstanding fish life in the area, which is easy to observe at close quarters simply by peering through the decaying skeleton of the wreck with a flashlight. All kinds of Sweetlips, Red Snappers, Barramundi Cod and a hundred or so Batfish nestle inside, secure in the knowledge that a diver can?t reach them. The steps and walls below the wreck allow diving at any depth to about 69m/230ft, and besides good deep water coral cover, have a couple of small caves good for stingrays, groupers and Reef sharks. This dive is also good for its proximity to shallow water, allowing a normally easy journey to decompress on an excellent coral reef.

Monkeybeach

Ernie's Point

Location: At the Eastern end of Monkey Beach

Access: Five minutes by banca from Small La Laguna

Conditions: Surface conditions always acceptable, if strong currents are showing at the surface, avoid diving.

Visibility: up to 40m/130ft.

Average Depth: 51m/170ft.

Maximum Depth: 70m/230ft.

The reef at Ernie?s falls away to just over 70m/230ft before hitting sand, and shows good fish life at all depths. One of the main features is a cave in the wall at 51m/170ft, around which there is always a good cluster of Ribbon Sweetlips and Surgeon fish, at least one, and sometimes four different kinds of grouper, some very skittish Blue Spotted Stingrays, and a good chance to find a White Tip Reef Shark either in the cave or resting on a sandy spot just below at 54m/180ft. Should you find yourself drifting west, Monkey Wreck will appear, east, the reef gradually peters out.. Best choice is to head up slope to shallow reef to decompress.

Fishbowl

Fishbowl and Horsehead Reef

Location: The tip of Escarceo Point.

Access: 10 minutes by boat east of La Laguna.

Conditions: Everything from very calm and mild current to extreme chop and strong tidal rips.

Visibility: from 10-40m./ 35-130ft.

Depth Range: 36 ? 60m/120- 200ft plus.

Due to currents these can be tricky sites to dive, as much due to distance travelled during decompression as anything else. However given neap tides the best diving is at Fishbowl to about 48m/160ft and slightly further east to Horsehead Reef at an ideal maximum of around 54m/180ft. All really part of the same reef this area provides exciting dives on magnificent topography of boulders, crevices, canyons and deep walls. Large marine life is likely to pop up here at any time, including sharks, turtles, Eagle or Manta Rays and Puerto Galeras largest groupers. Over your head you may see hundreds of Jacks or Giant Trevally. Worth planning for the right tide, ideally a gentle flood.

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The Deep Atolls

Location: Just east of Escarceo Point.

Access: 10 minutes by boat from La Laguna or Sabang Beach.

Conditions: Surface conditions can be a little rough, but you can otherwise dive anytime here on a flood tide.

Visibility: 10-25m/35-85ft

Average Depth: 576m/250ft

Maximum Depth: 82m/270ft

An intriguing series of ridges and atolls lying between 66m/220ft and 82m/270ft which for some reason play home to all the marine life usually found somewhat shallower water. Besides a large number of Ribbon Sweetlips, there is a good school of an as yet unidentified snapper, Batfish, Barracudas, a clearly very ancient grouper and regular sightings of pelagics such as Thresher Sharks. The rocks are fractured and creviced giving home to some large morays, and stingrays sometimes settle on the sand slopes. Tricky to locate, but one of the best sites, dived on a flood tide there will be no current. Decompression is in open water.

Kilima

Kilima Beach

Location: South of Escarceo Point, before Sinandigan

Access: Ten minutes banca ride from Small La Laguna

Conditions: Can get choppy, but on a flood tide there will be no current.

Visibility: 12-30m/40-100ft.

Average Depth: 50m/170ft

Maximum Depth: 80m/260ft+

Long regarded as merely a safe place to go for shallow training dives, the depths of Kilima beach have revealed all sorts of secrets. In the middle of this wide bay, the reef drops quite sharply from 30-50m/ 100-170ft., and is characterized by lots of interesting crevices, some of which hide resting reef sharks, smaller bamboo sharks or rays. Further down lies a steep rocky outcrop which drops to 80m/260ft, which has a large anchor lodged firmly at its base, the fish life is good here, with yellow backed fusiliers flowing continuously over the reef, and some species of very large squirrel fish, hanging motionless either singly or in aggregations amongst the whips and fans. Being proximal to such deep water, very large pelagics are sometimes on the move here.

Sinandiganwall

Sinandigan Wall

Location: Off the first headland to the south of Escarceo Point.

Access: 15 minutes from La Laguna or Sabang Beaches by banca.

Conditions: So long as surface conditions are comfortable this area can be dived any time on a flood tide.

Visibility: from 12-30m/40-100ft/.

Average Depth: 60m/200ft.

Maximum Depth: 64m/210ft.

At the base of Sinandigan wall lie a series of progressively larger, from south to north, boulder like formations which give the impression of having been placed there on purpose. The largest is an imposing house sized rock rising from 63m/210ft to 51m/170ft and topped with stands of Black and Tree Corals. Plenty of reef fish both here and on an adjacent ledge, particularly Banner Fish, Soldier and Squirrel fish, and pairs of Emperor Angel fish. Thresher Sharks have again been seen here and a good sized grouper is in the area. From the bottom of this atmospheric dive site it is an easy swim up to Sinandigan Wall, which is a beautiful area run the decompression. Although sometimes choppy, there is seldom any current here on a flood tide.

Japanesewreck

The Japanese Wreck

Location: On a headland south of Escarceo Point

Access: 20 minutes by boat from La Laguna or Sabang Beach

Conditions: Can get choppy, no current here if dived on a flood tide.

Visibility: from 10-30m/35-100ft.

Depth: 42m/140ft.

Actually shallow enough to be dived as a no-decompression nitrox dive, but this wreck deserves more bottom time. On a flat sea bed lie the metal remains of a wooden boat sunk in the last war. Possibly a Filipino boat captured and crewed by the Japanese, rather than an actual Japanese Wreck Nobody really seems sure. Though this engine block, propeller, and scattered debris cover only a small area, an amazing array of marine life is found here. Famous for a pair of curious Giant Morays, the wreck is also home to about fifty Gold Spotted Sweetlips, tame enough to touch, several kinds of pufferfish, cuttlefish,

Groupers, pipefish, and a number of interesting cleaning stations. Following a dive here it is about a five minute swim to the reef slope at the Boulders to add some interest to the decompression stops.

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Verde Island, Blackfish Corner

Location: The Western tip of Verde Island

Access: 20-25 minutes by banca NE from La Laguna Beach

Conditions: Usually calm enough to dive around the site but currents here can be extreme.

Visibility: up to 40m/130ft.

Average Depth: 66m/220ft.

Maximum Depth: 76m/250ft plus

Nice reef dive for recreational and technical divers alike. At recreational depths you’ll be surrounded by heaps of red-toothed triggers dancing amongst the lovely corals. Lionfishes, nudis, jacks and batfish are also on the scene.

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Verde Island, The Drop Off

Location: The Eastern tip of Verde Island.

Access: About 45 minutes by banca from La Laguna Beach

Conditions: Can become too rough to approach but this is rare. Current often very strong near the surface but normally comfortable at depth.

Visibility: up to 40m/130ft.

Average Depth: 60m/200ft

Maximum Depth: 79m/260ft plus

This under water mountain just breaks the surface several hundred metres off the tip of Verde Island. The most frequently dived spot is a wall which bottoms out at about 77m/255ft and becomes a gradual slope from here. The view here is outstanding, giving the impression of looking straight up the side of a building. From this area, if current is running, there can be a very strong upwelling, but the fish life will be at its best at such times. Shallower than 40m/130ft the coral life becomes particularly rich, and on flood tides there is one specific place where almost all of the marine life appears to congregate, with care you can hold on here and spend all your shallow stops watching the show. Expect to see all the fish you would normally get on a current prone tropical dive site proximal to very deep water.

The Wreck of M/V Mactan

Location: About fifty miles/eighty km SE along the coast of Mindoro, off Maestro de Campo Island.

Access: Can be done as a day trip by speedboat, better as a two to three day live aboard.

Conditions: Generally diveable, although strong winds during the NE monsoon ( Nov.- March) could make surface conditions tough.

Visibility: up to 40m/130ft.

Average Depth: 45m/150ft.

Maximum Depth: 51m/170ft on the wreck, 76m/250ft + on the reef

The wreck of the ferry M\V Mactan lies off Maestro de Campo island in the Tablas Straits. A passenger ferry approximately 80m/260ft in length, this ship got into trouble in a squall at night in the early seventies, running aground and allowing fortunate rescue to shore of almost everyone aboard. The vessel has now slid to a position where it lies on its starboard side with the bow at 22m/75ft, and propeller at 51m/170ft. The reef shelves away at the stern of the wreck, and Trimix divers still uncover wreckage and items of passengers luggage deep in this area. Off the bow, the ships radar can be found in about 18m of water. Diving conditions are good, away from land with no river run off, visibility is generally very good, with up to moderate currents, and consequently there is good coral cover and many friendly fish. Being a ferry, the vessel is quite open for safe swim troughs and full penetrations alike, and several days can easily be spent exploring this one wreck. The best diving depths are up to about 45m/150ft.

The Wreck of M/V Coral Island

Location: Location ? About forty miles/sixty km NW of Mindoro, near Fortune Island in the mouth of Manila Bay.

Access: Usually as a two day boat trip from Puerto Galera.

Conditions: Exposed to very open water, best months for calm conditions being April to June

Visibility: up to 40m/130ft.

Depth Range: 70m/230ft on the seabed, average 60m/200ft to the deck.

The Coral Island is a 73m/240ft long wreck of a freighter sitting upright on a flat bottom between Fortune Island and Nasugbu on the Batangas Coast. Japanese built in 1965, at the time of her sinking she was in service in the Philippines carrying medical supplies around the country for a government agency. Bound for Manila from Batangas in July 1982, she suffered an engine room explosion, with the blast and ensuing fire killing 21 of the 95 people aboard. The ship burned and finally sank three days later, July 29 th , '82.

As a dive site she is perfectly oriented, upright on the seabed with an average depth to the deck of 60m/200ft. Stern superstructure is relatively easy to explore, shows evidence of damage and plate buckling from the fire, but nevertheless still holds many coral encrusted but recognisable fittings and features. Among other things the holds in the bow are home to an interesting old truck or jeep chassis and a motorbike frame.

Being remote in location with respect to dive shops able to support technical diving, the wreck these days is relatively infrequently dived and the resident marine life very good. In good weather this is an ideal two day boat trip from Puerto Galera.

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