Alona Beach Dive Sites
This site is also known for “The Hole in the Wall”. It’s known for its colonies of sea snakes and a dive through tunnel, which starts at 8m and exits at 18 meters. The place is covered with soft corals with a vertical wall from 8 to 22m, below 22m you can find some coral gardens down to 30m. Look out for dark shouldered snake eel and white eyed moray eels inside the tunnel. You can also find giant frogfish, clown frogfish, anemone fish, Pegasus, flounders, scorpion fish, etc. It is a good place for beginners up to experienced divers. Occasionally there is some current along the drop-offs.
World renowned Balicasag Island – said to be one of the best dives in Asia. Stunning walls, coral gardens and many turtles call this haven their home. A marine sanctuary with 5 different dive sites & walls down to +40m. Giant black corals, schooling jack fish and barracudas, turtles, sponges, frogfish, moray eels, soft and hard corals make Balicasag Island a must see, must dive. Whale sharks are seen about once a fortnight swimming gracefully along the walls – so don’t forget to look “Into the Blue”. It’s also a heaven for snorkelers. With a small kayak you can go onto the island and explore.
This dive spot is a 12 minute boat ride from our dive center. The reef top starts at around 6-10m and goes down to 30m. There are two jeepney wrecks on the reef top. The first is at around 8m and is completely overgrown with soft corals. The second one is upside down at around 10m depth, upside down. There are steep slopes with tubastraea corals and sea fans where you can look for pygmy sea horses. Also keep an eye open for fire dart gobies, pegasus, demon stinger (spiny devil fish), giant frog fish, clown frogfish, saddleback anemone fish, whiskered pipe fish and others.
The Black Forests Reef top starts at around 5-8m. After that it drops into a steep slope to depths beyond recreational limits. There are many coral heads on the reef top and along the slope. At +30m you can find many black corals. That’s why this spot got its name “Black Forest”. Look out for big groupers beyond 25m, big schools of big eye jacks, blue fin trevally, Spanish mackerel, barracudas, barramundi cod, banner fish, Moorish idols, turtles, and so on.
Bohol Divers Wreck
Just 4min boat ride away you can find a 10m long steel dive boat which sunk mysteriously at the end of 2012. It is placed upright with a maximum depth of 37m at its bottom and approximately 50m away from the wall. The wall itself starts at 5m and goes vertically to 18m, after which a sandy slope with coral heads lead to the wreck. Look out for big lion fish, school of bat fish, juvenile angel fish, cardinal fish, giant frog fish, mushroom pipe fish, flamboyant cuttle fish, and wonderpus octopus.
The reef top begins around 3-5m then drops into a vertical wall down to +45m with many crevasses and overhangs. Look out for frog fish, midnight snapper, sweetlips, nudibranchs.
Within just 12 min. boat ride, you can reach Danao Beach. The reef top begins at 5-8m. It is set on a vertical wall which drops down to 25m. You can find many crevasses and overhangs. Look out for giant frogfish. Along the wall and the edge of the reef you can find harlequin ghost pipe fish and mushroom ghost pipe fish. In the sandy area at the bottom you can also find a lot of other macro life, etc.
The reef top starts at 5-8m, then a steep slope goes to depths beyond recreational limits. Look out for big mouth mackerels, big tunas, bluefin trevally, trigger fish, turtles, especially on the reef top in the sea grass.
Doljo point is about 40 minutes by boat. The reef top starts at 5m, with a vertical wall/steep slope starting at 6m going down to +60m. Giant sea fans, green leather corals (elephant ear corals), and barrel sponges decorate the steep slope. Look out for giant frogfish (many times camouflaged with green leather coral), as well as different angel and butterfly fish. Also pay attention into the blue for big pelagics such as Spanish mackerel, barracudas and eagle rays.
Another dive spot at Doljo Beach is Doljo Sanctuary. The reef top is at around 3-12m, with many table corals on it. The vertical wall goes down to +40m. Many crevasses, black corals and whip corals can be seen along this wall. Look out for different cardinal fish including pyjama cardinal fish inside table corals on the reef top around 8-12m, different anemone fish.
After a 20 minute boat ride you will reach Gak Ang. The vertical wall reaches about 25m and starts at 5m depth. You can find an abundance of beautiful soft corals and sea fans along the wall. Look out for giant frogfish, clown frog fish, banner fish and a lot of macro life.
Housereef – Garden Eel
Directly located at Alona Beach is the house reef. It drops down to 20m and it is very suitable for training, orientation and night dives. There are beautiful soft corals along the wall, many holes and crevasses. Look out for macro life such as host gobies, magnificent gobies, randall gobies, seahorses, shrimps, batfish, giant frogfish, clown frogfish, flaming file shell, midnight snappers, two spot snappers, angel fish and lion fish.
After a 10 minute boat ride, you will reach the reef which starts at a depth of 4-5m. The vertical wall starts at 6m and drops down to 18m. There are many tubastrae corals along the wall and below 18m there is a sandy bottom. Look out for mantis shrimp, clown frogfish, red tooth triggerfish and comet fish.Ray Point
Only 5 minutes by boat, you will reach the Kalipayan Wreck. The reef top is at around 5m and a vertical wall drops to 22m with many holes and crevasses in it. The wreck is an outrigger boat sunk on purpose years ago. It’s placed at 33m depth on a sandy bottom and has completely fallen apart. Look out for clown frogfish on top of the reef. The sandy slope is leading down to the wreck of Pegasus, where you can find sea horses, flamboyant cuttle fish and with some luck and good eyes a wonderpus octopus.
The reef top is around 4-5m deep, the rest is a vertical wall with many small caverns, ledges, and reef over hangs. Look out for giant trevallies, schools of big eye jacks, and unicorn fish.
After a 50 minute boat ride, you will reach Momo Reef. The top starts at around 3-5m and is followed by a vertical wall which drops down to 40m. The reef top is covered with many table corals. You will also find a lot of hard and soft corals along the wall. Look out for pyjama cardinal fish around the table corals on the reef top, as well as leaf fish, nudibranchs, gobies and others.
After a nice 60 minute ride with the boat, you reach Napaling. The reef top is at around 3m. A vertical wall stretches from 3-40m with many holes, crevasses, overhangs and caves. Look out for juvenile barracudas, banner fish, moray eels, morish idol, giant frogfish, and anthias.
Pamilacan Island is a 40 minute boat ride from Alona Beach. This site is excellent for drift dives with sometimes strong current. With a little bit of luck it’s possible to see mantas and whale sharks. There is also a large coral garden at approximately 20m deep. For this dive spot you should be an experienced diver.
You will reach the reef which starts at around 3-5m after a 35 minute ride with the boat. The reef is covered with a beautiful coral garden with soft and hard corals. The vertical wall which goes from 5 to 40m includes a lot of holes and crevasses and it is overgrown with large sea fans. Look out for anthias, raggy scorpion fish, ribbon eel, giant frogfish and clown frogfish, big tunas and Spanish mackerel.
After a short 7 minute drive you will reach the reef, which starts at 3-5m. There is a sandy slope with sea grass patches and some coral heads down to 18m. Look out for blue spotted sting rays hidden in the sand, stargazer, flying gurnard, flounders, harlequin ghost pipe fish, frogfish and lots of macro life.
Snake Island is also called “Sunken Island” and “Cervera Shoal”. It is a 30 minute journey by boat. You will find schools of fish starting at around 10m below surface. The reef itself has a flat top with many coral heads and giant barrel sponges on it. The reef wall slopes down to depths beyond recreational limits. There is often a strong current. Look out for black and white banded sea snakes, moray eels, giant frogfish, schools of big mouth mackerels, surgeon fish and Spanish mackerel.
The reef top is at around 3-5m with a combination of a slope and a vertical wall which reaches a depth of +25m and has coral heads leading the way down beyond recreational depth limits. Look out for leaf fish, clown frogfish and a lot of macro life but it is also a good divesite for big stuff like bump head parrot fish, napoleon fish, eagle ray and even manta ray if you are a bit lucky.
Soft Coral Garden
The slopes gradually starts from 5m to beyond recreational depths. It has lots of soft corals, huge barrel sponges and below 35m there is also a whip coral garden. If you are swimming towards south west, the slope turns into a vertical wall from 22m to 35m with many holes and crevasses in it. Look out for napoleon wrasse, bump head parrot fish, oriental sweetlips, midnight snappers, banner fish schools, big eye jackfish schools, barracuda schools.
Only about a five minute boat ride from the dive centre is the relatively new Tawala reserve. The varied reef formation with short wall sections starting at 3-5m and go down to 18m as well as submarine terraces which drop around 12m are also very good for those divers who do not have so much diving experience. Lots of schools of fish even with mackerels, yellowtail barracudas and surgeon fish can be found here. But of course there are also a lot of smaller creatures, such as various shrimps and nudibranches as well.
These are only some of the most important dive sites – there are many more very interesting dive spots around Alona Beach. Come and see for yourself!