Scuba diving in Dakak
Dakak is located in the northwest cost of Zamboanga Del Norte in Mindanao. It is known for its beautifully shaped coves and white sand beaches. It is crystal clear waters have excellent dive sites with abundance of coral reefs and wide variety of marine lives. Great night dives can be done at the caves dive site and lots of night creatures can be seen like Spanish dancers.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with the local dive center 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.
Best time to visit is from March to September
Possible to dive all year round.
There are several dive sites in Dakak that are ideal for both amateur and advanced divers. The Dakak diving map is quite varied; dive sites here has slopes, coral formations as well as many caves. Liuay Rock is a popular dive and is well adapted for novices and check dives as it is a shallow dive with a sloping bottom. There are a lot of soft corals and invertebrates here and you may even encounter some really unususal nudibranchs.
There are many caves in Dakak which can be visited all year. There is plenty of black coral in the caves as well as various kinds of colorful marine life like puffer fish, sea plumes, soldier fish and sweepers. You may try out a night dive in the caves, spanish dancers, nocturnal crustaceans and sleeping fish can be seen.
There are some interesting walls and reefs covered with fan corals, small ledges and sponges and which start at a depth of 10 feet (3 meters) deep. Although some reefs are small, they are filled with several kinds of fishes. Napoleon wrasses, parrot fish and tuna are to be found in here, surgeon fish and barracuda are also spotted at this spot. Tag-Ulo West is a beautiful diving area with sandy sloping bottom and lots of coral heads. It is home to large basket sponges, soft corals, batfish, nudibranchs and octopuses as well as lionfish, and sea anemones with clownfish. It is a great dive site for beginner divers. Tag-Ulo Point is beautiful dive site where you can see lots of large groupers, blue spotted rays and little corals are growing here. Due to the strong current it is advised for advanced dives only.
There is a sunken passenger ship locally known as the The Wreck. It is a t a depth of 130-180 feet (39 - 54 meters). Although the visibility here is very good this site is suitable for adventures and experienced divers only. There is plenty of marine life that includes groupers, jacks and black and white snappers just to name a few.