Best Diving sites in Bohol Island

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Bohol is now becoming increasingly famous in the scuba diving community. Indeed, the diving there is really interesting and varied. This destination is great for many things like the Coral, the numerous Pelagic fishes and Reef Sharks you can encounter as well as for superb wall dives.

If you are lucky, you can even observe schooling Hammerheads Sharks!

Most of the dive sites are located within a short boat distance of Bohol on the nearby Islands. The main and best spots are:

Cabilao Island

As it is located about 2 hours away from Bohol, This is a full day trip. This place is really great for wall diving with great chances to spot many pelagic fishes like Barracudas, Dogtooth Tunas and Giant Trevallies! You can also stay on the island in basic accommodation, perfect to plan a few night dives for great underwater macro pictures opportunities ;-) .

From December to June, you may have the chance to see schools of hundreds of Hammerheads Sharks! The best time to spot them is just after sunrise or just before sunset.

Balicasag

Balicasag is a really beautiful small Island now declared as a Marine Sanctuary. It features superb Coral, healthy Reefs with a teeming reef life. There is also a resort on the island if you want to stay on it. It is also a very good snorkelling spot!

Balicasag Island Beach

Pamilacan

The visibility is usually excellent around Pamilacan. The hard and soft Coral is really beautiful. It is a great place to see the gentle giants Manta Rays! You can also spot there lots of Pelagic fishes such as Barracudas, Dogtooth Tunas and Jacks. Pamilacan is famous to see Dolphins and Whales too ;-) .

Panglao Island (Alona Beach)

It is a great place for critters and underwater macro photography. You can see there Ghost pipefishes and the weird looking Frogfish.

In this page you will find more detailed information about scuba diving in Bohol Island.

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Water Temperature: 27°C on average. Ranging between 25°C and 30°C.

Currents: Very gentle in most of the local dive sites making it ideal for training. It can be very strong in the channels between the Islands.

Visibility: Average around 10m to 20m. The visibility can go up to 30m on offshore dive sites.

Best time to dive in Bohol Island

Diving Season

You can dive around Bohol all year round. The visibility is usually reduced during the rainy season that runs from July to September. There are usually short heavy rains but these don’t prevent any diving.

The Best time to see the Hammerhead Sharks around Cabilao Island is from December to June.

Snorkelling in Bohol Island

There are excellent snorkelling possibilities around the archipelago. You can easily snorkel just in front of the main beaches but be careful of the boats. The best way is to charter a boat for a Snorkelling day tour which will take you to best Snorkelling spots around Bohol ;-) .

Diving Safety

If you are planning an upcoming dive trip or travelling to Bohol Island, it is a really good idea to invest in travel insurance, because you never know what could happen and when you might need it (because accidents do happen!). I recommend this travel insurance as they offer worldwide coverage as they offer worldwide coverage and cover scuba diving up to 50 metres deep, as well as snorkelling and many more water activities.

Where to stay?

I usually use this website to book in advance my hotels in Bohol Island as they usually have the lowest rates I find. I like it because it's free to cancel and change the dates.

Travel Guide

Now that you know all about the underwater world, you might want to start planning your scuba holiday! Check out our Bohol Island Travel Review for information about how to get there, activities and excursions, where to stay, and more.

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  1. Hi! I will be in Bohol in January 2012 to do some diving. Do you recommend any specific diving schools to get advanced certification? I love dive schools that have small dive groups (2-3 people + dive master) with great attention to detail to show me life underwater that I wouldn’t spot myself.

  2. Just finished my 4 open water referral dives to get my certification at the Blue Star Dive Resort in Anda, Bohol. The resort is about a 2 hour drive from the airport and you can arrange pick-up throught the resort. The resort sits on the cliffs above the ocean with some cottages right on the cliffs with amazing views while others sit back a ways with less views. They run one boat with 2 dives daily–because all the dive sites are so close to the resort they return after the morning dive and you can have lunch and rest up for a few hours before going out again for a afternoon dive. All the dives are wall dives down to about 30 meters. There was some current up top but once you got down deeper you didn’t notice a current at all. Visibility was excellent on all my dives down to 25 meters. Mostly Macro with some larger fish to be seen–schools of jacks, baraccuda, and a few turtles. Saw Moray eels, sea snakes and dwarf seahorses. All equipment was taken to the boat by the crew for each dive–all you needed to do was dawn your wetsuit and go to the boat. All dive sites were within 15 minutes from the resort with most even closer. Great resort with great people–nice resturant and bar and rooms. Would not hesitate to return to this resort for diving. They also had great snorkeling right off the resort also. You can see pics and rates on their web-site-goggle Blue Star Dive Resort Bohol.

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