Scuba diving in Boracay Island
Boracay Island is located approximately 315km (200 miles) south of Manilawell, see the Boracay Island diving map for directions and depths. It is known for its beautiful sandy beaches and the great scuba diving opportunities it offers. It has some easy dive sites that suits novice divers and great for having your first lessons. There are also walls and drop offs at varying depths, caves and caverns and some wreck diving. There are plenty of different coral formations like mushroom, table, stony, bubble, cup corals. The marine lives include urchins, starfishes and sponges and you can find large sharks in some deep dive sites.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with Boracay diving centers for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional.
All the information provided is purely informative for our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.
Average annual temperature: 23°C to 356°C (73° F to 95° F).
Average Water surface temperature: From 25°C to 28°C (77° F to 82°F).
Visibility often averaging: From 32 to 131 feet (10 to 40 meters). Can reach 80 feet (25 meters)
Coldest time: November to February
Warmest time: March to June
Possible to dive all year round.
Boracay Island is surrounded by some beautiful and varied dive sites from gentle slopes for the novice to deep drop-offs for the more advanced. If you like drift diving make sure you visit Manoc-Manoc Channel that has awesome drift diving for experienced divers. Also on the north of the island you will find some sharp drop offs. Yapak and Maneguin Island are famous spots for having popular dive sites with lots of small caves, the depth in this area is averaging 108 to 164 feet (33 to 50 meters) deep. The walls here drop dramatically from 98 feet (30 meters) to much deeper waters and are a good place to see grey reef and white tip sharks. Cactus corals, large gorgonians, lots of sting-rays, sharks, tuna, jacks and barracuda can be seen here as well.
Crocodile Island is only a stone throw away from Boracay. Its dive sites are suitable for divers of all levels of experience with depths ranging from 15 to 70 feet (5 to 22 meters). Lots of fish and both soft and hard coral are present here. A huge variety of life can be found at Crocodile Island including schools of reef fish, nudibranch, lion fish, scorpion moray eels, cuttle fish, sea snakes, gorgonian, fan corals and much more. Underwater photographers will love this site as it has an impressive variety of macro life with lots of different kinds of nudibranchs and anemones.
For night dives fans Beach Night Dive is a great place to visit and enjoy night dives and easy relaxed day dives for novices. It's a shallow shore dive 10 to 19 feet (3-6 meters) on which you will see lots of snake eels in the sand. Ghost pipefish, flounders, sea horses, shoals of squids, different species of shrimps are found in this area.
On the south coast of there are shallow wall dives between 16 to 19 feet (5 to 6 meters) and 59 to 78 feet (18 to 24 meters). Divers who have not been in the water for some time can do refresher dives here and novices divers and open water students can be sure to find safe dive sites. There are lots of small fish like ribbon eels, butterfly and angel fish, as well as little groupers and frog fish. There isn't only small fish; bigger fish like red snappers, trigger fish, frog fish, sea turtles and blue spotted stingrays are also seen. Look out for feather stars, table and soft corals as well as many types of nudibranch.
South of Boracay Island there is some deep wall diving with depths starting at 105 feet (32 meters) then dropping to 213 feet (65 meters). Bigger fish like whitetip sharks, gray reef sharks, tuna and barracuda can be observed here and the current can be strong at times.
There's one wreck dive site, Camia II. The ship was sunk on January 8th 2001 deliberately to form a dive site. It rests on a sandy bottom at about 95 feet (29 meters) and has plenty of coral growing around it. She stands upright, is still intact and the length is 134 feet (41 meters), width 23 feet (7 meters) and height 23 feet (7 meters). Plenty of fish including batfish, pygmy seahorses, groupers, snappers and lionfish can be seen.