Bohol Diving

DESTINATION: Cabilao Island, Bohol

RESORT: Pura Vida Cabilao. Swiss / Italian owned and managed.

GUESTS: Primarily European guests as couples and groups.

HOW TO GET THERE: Approximately 1hr 15 minutes by road  and boat transfer from Tagbilaran Pier or Airport. Tagbilaran, the main city of Bohol, is 2 hours fast-ferry time from Cebu and 1 hour flight from Manila.

WHEN TO GO: All year round diving destination.  November – May is the most popular time to visit, it is dry season with warm air temperatures and some light winds.  June to October is rainy season and can be quite hot BUT usually the sea is very calm at this time of year and visibility is at its best.

WHAT TO WEAR: Water temperature is generally 27- 30 degrees. Dec- Feb it can drop to 23 degrees. We recommend a 3mm wet suit though a 5mm semi-dry wetsuit might be the choice for those who feel the cold.

TYPE OF DIVING: Wide variety of dive sites in the area mean that many aspects of diving are covered, mainly though it is wall, reef tops and drift diving.

DIVING LOGISTICS: Generally 4 scheduled boat dives each day (1 or 2 tank trips), day trips to Balicasag available, approx 20 dive sites in the area, shore diving on house reef.

WHAT TO SEE: Cabilao is a great destination for both snorkelers and divers.  The wall tops and shallow reefs have beautiful pristine corals formations whilst sandy slopes are home to some fascinating critters and small species.  The deeper walls see lots of tropical fish with sightings of larger species not uncommon. 

Guests might anticipate seeing many of the following depending on dive sites visited:

Macro-life includes ghost pipefish, many different nudibranchs, pygmy and thorny seahorses, different ghost pipefish, pegasus, stargazer, crocodile snake-eels, rare crabs and shrimps, juvenile harlequin sweetlips and batfish.

White tipped reef sharks, schools of barracudas and jackfish, large Napoleon wrasse, scorpion and stonefish, turtles, schools of mackerel and passing rays. 

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