Scuba diving in Panglao Island
Panglao Island is located at the south western tip of Bohol Island . Its north and western section is mainly shallow but it ends at deeper submarine cliffs. It is a great place for snorkeling and novice divers as well as experienced divers. Its dive sites are home to abundant sea life like snappers, groupers, and black-tip sharks; dolphins and pilot whales can be viewed.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with Panglao 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: 27°C (82° F).
Average Water surface temperature: From 26-30°C (78°F to 86°F).
Average visibility: 30 to 98 feet (10 to 30 meters)
Possible to dive all year round.
There are a lots of sites that offer excellent diving at Panglao Island. The western and northern sections of Panglao have some great diving. There's a shallow reef platform that has depths of between 5 and 6 metres (15 to 20 feet) which later gives way to cliffs that drop to greater depths of about 33-56 metres (100 to 170 feet). You will enjoy the scenery of various hard and soft corals. Marine life close to the reef includes tuna, snappers, groupers, mackerel, surgeonfish and manta rays on some occasions.
The dive sites include here wall dives, caves, drift diving and some house reefs where there's great shore diving. There are various dive sites that are suitable for beginners and snorkelers as well; find the location on the Panglao Island diving map. One such diving area in Panglao Island is in Doljo. This is a house reef with easy diving for beginners. On this wall dive you will see lots of different kinds of hard corals. The depth here is between 9 to 82 feet (3-25 metres) which suits both beginner and advanced divers. The marine life is varied and includes various types of cardinal fish, shrimps and crabs and plenty of nudibranches.
Other deeper sites are suitable for experienced and advanced divers. Black corals can be found at a depth ranging from 114 to 147 feet (35 to 45 meters) as well as many beautiful hard and soft corals and other kinds of sea life including big eye trevally, barracudas, mackerel, fusilier, bat fish, surgeon fish, snappers, and damsels. In deeper water there is a good chance to see white tip or hammerhead sharks during the months of February and March. Diving spots here are good for macro diving and macro photography.
Snake Island located in Libaong is an underwater island. It's a popular dive site recommended for advanced divers. the depths run from 29 to 98 feet (9-30 metres) and there is a lot of marine life to see. Lots of nudibranches, moray eels and black and white banded sea snakes are abundant hence the name Snake Island. You must beware of strong currents which are regularly observed here.
You also can watch dolphins and pilot whales further seawards. It is likely to see dolphins all year long but whales are only around during migration season in the summer months.