Scuba diving in Cebu Island
Cebu Island is a long narrow island in the Visayas region of the Philippines and its extensive reef system offers great diving. There are reef dives, spectacular drop offs, shallow and deep reef dives and caves with varying depths and challenges which make sit possible for novices as well as experienced divers to have their fun. Great coral formations and colorful fishes can be seen here and the great visibility makes it good place for underwater photography.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with Cebu Island 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: 24°C to 32°C (75° F to 89° F).
Average Water surface temperature: From 27°C to 30°C (80° F to 86°F).
Visibility often averaging: From 65 to 130 feet (20 to 40 meters).
Coldest Month: January
Warmest Month: May
Best time to dive is from December to June.
Possible to dive all year round.
Cebu Island is located in the middle of the Philippines islands. It is well known for its warm water all year long. You can find huge diversity of tropical fish, larger pelagic species stony corals, soft corals, whip corals and huge sponges. Hammerhead sharks and whale sharks have been seen around its dive sites.
Dive sites around Cebu Island suit all levels of experiences. Depth is averaging from 50 to 165 feet (15 to 50 meters). Some of these sites are suitable for drift diving due to the strong current; novice divers must stay near their dive masters. Look for its locations on the Cebu diving map.
Capitancillo is an uninhabited island; it is only minutes away from Cebu. It is home to 3 diving spots that are good for snorkeling. It has beautiful reef tops at a shallow depth which begins at 32 feet (10 meters) then leads to a drop off with colorful soft corals. Wall diving in this spot is quite interesting with many caves and overhangs. It is expected to spot small, larger pelagic species and all varieties of reef fish. The visibility is great at this area it reaches 100 feet (32.8 meters).
Moalboal is on the western coast of Cebu Islands. Moalboal has developed a tourism industry based on diving and snorkeling. Its dive sites are spectacular combination of action and colors. Rocky cliffs and drop offs is what characterizes this area. On Pescador Island; which is a famous diving spot in this region you will find a shallow reef 10 to 32 feet (3 to 10 meters) wide leads to a spectacular drop off at a depth of 131 feet (40 meters) and more. The caverns and overhangs located along the cliff are just spectacular. You can find plenty of sea life like coral, ferns, anemones and sponges as well as groupers, turtles and sea snakes. White tip sharks are common and even hammerhead sharks appear occasionally in deeper dive sites; January to May is when you likely to see these beautiful creatures the most.
Sunken Island is a must for experienced divers. This is an underwater pinnacle with the top roughly 25metres (82 feet) under the surface. There's lots of lion fish to be seen here as well as spanish dancers. The currents are strong and you will have to drop through them in the blue to reach the summit of the pinnacle. Big fish like tuna, barracuda, grouper, snapper and mackerel can be seen.
An artificial wreck site is also located in Moalboal, Cebu. An Airplane was sunk and deposited in the Reef Club at a depth of 65 feet (20 meters) near a dramatic drop off. The wreck now attracts many kinds of corals and fishes. You may see huge turtles swimming inside the plane.