Cabilao Island

Cabilao is a chill-out place off the typical tourist destinations of the Philippines, with amazing dive sites around the island.

The perfect place to slow things down combined with world-class diving. Pygmy seahorses, critters as well as hard and soft corals of various species have made that island a must-see, especially for scuba divers. At present, there are two marine protected areas (no-take zones) around the island.

Most of the distances on Cabilao island are quite short, you can easily walk them. The lack of roads also means that everything on the island has to be brought in by banca (local outrigger boat): building materials, wood, food (except fish caught locally), and, during periods of drought, mineral water for drinking and freshwater for showers.

You’ll be staying with:

Pura Vida Cabilao (CBC)

You’ll be diving with: Sea Explorers

• Great wall dives with big gorgonians
• Muck diving
• Different species of pygmy seahorses
• Early morning and night dives
• Special day trips to Balicasag Island
• Trips to Pangangan Island and Sandingan

Prices: Fun diving, Sanctuary fees

PADI Beginner Courses up to Dive Master (on request)
Pricing for courses

Languages: English, Tagalog, Cebuano, French
(Other languages on request)

  • Full rental equipment from size XXS to XXXL, as well as full sets for kids
  • 8-liter tanks for the special use of kids
  • 12-liter aluminum tanks with Yoke (INT) valves and DIN valves
  • Underwater torches
  • Dive computers

The dive center is open daily from 8AM to 7PM. Check-in anytime during office hours. Our staff will show you around, explain the dive center procedures and help you to get your dive equipment ready. The following documents are required for dive center registration: Diver Certificate, Logbook, Medical Certificate

Our office staff will have your bill ready for your review when you finish your dives. Payment can be made in cash (EUR, CHF, USD, PHP), or by credit card in USD (Visa, American Express or Mastercard), or via PayPal. Sanctuary fees need to be paid in cash.

Note: The dive center bill is separate from the hotel bill.

Good to know

  • Temperature: Water 26-30°C / Air 25-33°C
  • Up to 4 dives a day Small groups: Up to 4 divers per dive guide; up to 5 divers if one diver is a Divemaster/instructor
  • Maximum depth: Up to 40m
  • Nitrox: Up to 32% (with surcharge)


MBCA Sea Explorers 3
Fits 12 divers

Fits 18 divers

What’s onboard our bancas:

  • O2 equipment
  • First Aid box
  • Spare dive equipment
  • Toolbox
  • Emergency communication
  • Cleaning station for cameras
  • Complimentary drinking water, coffee and tea


  • Bargi
  • Mototi

Each speedboat fits 8 divers