This map contains all dive sites we go to in Dauin, Apo Island and Siquijor. Click on a name to get a description of the dive site, and click outside the description to close it. The Dauin dive sites are great for muck diving and macro life, but also the coral reef of Dauin South is really pretty with lots of fish. Apo Island is world famous for it’s great diving and we go there with a private boat on day trips. Excursions to Siquijor are possible as well as special request, but siquijor is quite a bit further away so logistics and costs will be different.
As implied by the name Tulapus sanctuary is a marine protected area. As such it offers easy access and straight-forward diving on a flat sandy slope. It’s located off the north tip of Siquijor. In 1989 a large number of concrete x-shapes were put in place to create an artificial reef and to allow corals to settle. Diving over these now long overgrown x-shapes can be somewhat akin to diving over a graveyard with all the crosses everywhere. Regardless it’s a beautiful dive, and the artificial reef provide interesting photo opportunities, plus a good chance to spot a lot of rare macro critters. In the sand are shells and big brown daisy corals. The reef sometimes attracts larger groups of bigger fish, so you may well spot barracudas and big groupers.
Tonga point is located off the north-west of Siquijor, to the west of Siquijor town. It’s a nice wall dive, starting with the droap off at seven meters. The wall goes straight down to twenty five meters where it flattens out and slopes ever so gently. The action happens on the wall, – there’s not much to see deeper than 25 meters. Beside the thrill of diving on a sheer wall, the highlight of this dive is probably a fair chance to see napoleon fish (Cheilinus undulatus) and humphead parrotfish (bolbometopon muricatum) sometimes mistaken for each other. There’s not that many hard corals on the wall, but there’s quite a few delicate sea whips. With good eyes you may also spot frogfish on the reef edge!
In the northern part of this dive site it’s a steep wall, but as you go further south it becomes more of a slope. There are nice sand ledges at around 20 to 25 meters. You’ll want to assess the current at this dive site and chose which way you dive accordingly. Currents can be strong, but it’s an exhilarating dive to be washed along the wall. There are small caves along the wall in which can be found brown spotted groupers (Epinephelus coioides.) While the wall is deep, there really isn’t much to see below 25 meters. As the divesite is so shallow, it also offers good opportunities for snorkeling.
Immediately north of Paliton Staghorn, this impressive dive site is hailed as one of the best dive sites on Siquijor. At the south end of this dive site it’s a steep wall going directly from five to forty-five meters, at which points it starts to slope and flatten out. You’ll need to keep an eye on your time and depth, as the visibility is usually excellent and as on many walls it’s easy to slip below your intended depth. If you follow along the wall to the north, you’ll notice it gradually turns into more of a sandy slope, certainly still steep but not really a wall anymore. The sandy slope is good for spotting mantis shrimps (odontodactylus scyllarus) as well as various nudibranchs.
This divesite is a direct continuation of the Paliton Wall dive site to the south of it. As the Paliton wall dissolves into a sandy slope, you enter the Paliton Staghorn. The highlight for many divers is the blue ribbon eels found frequently in this area. Additionally, as the name of the dive site implies, there are two large sections with nice staghorn corals (Acropora formosa) as well as some barrel sponges. The coral section host a wealth of reef fish and you can expect to see snappers as well as snubnose drummers. Although it’s possibly to dive a bit deeper than 30 meters by following the sandy slope down as it starts to flatten out, there isn’t much to see. The action is really between ten and twenty meters. This is also an easy dive site for novices and it offers good snorkeling opportunities to boot.
This dive site is well off shore, and you need to dive it from a boat. It’s a fairly shallow shoal, starting at around twelve meters and the actual hilltop is approximately 80m wide. The Shoal is a coral hill full of mostly healthy corals and many small fish. In the past some dynamite fishing has been going on here, and you can still see the traces of this sad practise. You are likely to see spotted eaglerays, parrotfish and mackerel is a constant hunt for sardines. Most of the interesting stuff is in the band between 12 and 20 meters, below that depth there’s not so much to see. Currents can be strong, but it’s usually possibly to “hide behind the hill.”
Solangon is the north one of the two dive sites. It is a flat slope dive. It’s possibly to go deeper than 15m, but there’s really not anything worth diving there for. In the band between five and fifteen meters however, there’s nice bottom composition with patches of soft corals, coral platforms, barrel sponges as well as a healthy life of moray eels, anemonefishes, lion fish, rockcod and barracudas. This is a good dive site for beginners, and it offers nice snorkeling as well. Currents are usually absent or weak.
If you follow the south bound beach road out the town of San Juan you’ll find the local cemetary. The divesite right outside the cemetary is named Maite which in the local language cebuano means cemetery. While it’s possible to dive the site from the beach, most people do it from boats. The dive site itself is a flat sloping dive, with beautiful coral patches in the shallows and a great number of ribbon eels (Rhinomuraene quaesito) in many parts. Besides the ribbon eels, the site also has a healthy population of mandarin fish, making it perhaps the most popular night dive site on Siquijor.
Sawang is located about a kilometre from Coco Grove Resort on the south west side of Siquijor. It’s a gentle slope dive, with the most interesting stuff at around fifteen meters. Below 25 meters it’s just rubble and sand. There are patches of soft and hard corals. The highlight of the dive is a narrow swimthrough, only allowing one diver to pass at a time. There’s quite a few giant clams spread all along this divesite.
Hardly surprising Coco Grove is located right outside Coco Grove Resort on the southwest side of Siquijor, between San Juan and Lazi. The divesite is a steep slope that flattens out at around fifteen meters. The slope is rocky and sandy with good coral growth, while the bottom is plain sand. It’s a popular dive site for night dives, and you can often spot different sort of nudibrachs, flatworms and seahorses here.
Secret corner isn’t that secret anymore. But can be the best dive you have done in your life and it can also be one of the worst. As it states it is right on a corner where wind from either sides can effect the currents, visibility etc. You’ll find nothing else but sand in this area but through those steep sandy slopes there are hiding all kinds of amazing critters and different species of octopus can be found on this dive site. Possible to see is frogfish all sizes going from less than a 1mm up to 30 cm+. Different species of ghost pipes, scorpion fish among those are the devil and Ambon scorpion fish. All kinds of octopus can be found and it is seasonal not uncommon to find bluerings, flambouyants, occelated, and coconut on this dive site. The current can be moderate to strong here and due to the composition and sandy slopes and no reefs it it considered good option for muck lovers, divers with camera and more experienced divers looking to fill in new creatures in their logbooks.