Come and see the best diving sites
The dive at Santa Rosa is located on the western shores of Olango Island, just across from Mactan in the province of Cebu. Santa Rosa diving is a convenient 12-15 minute speed boatride from Shangri La Resort. Being just south of the famous Talima sanctuary, Santa Rosa shares many of its great natural beauty.
Given Santa Rosa's proximity to the dive site of Talima, it generally offers the same conditions. It has the same spectacular deep wall from 18-50m and visibility is generally between 20m and 30m.
Agus, Mactan is yet another one of the spectacular divesites here in Cebu. It is located on the Mactan side of the Olango channel, just a few minutes south of our dive center.
Being on the coastline can keep things variable at Agus, like anywhere else. Agus enjoys 15-30m visibility except after really big storms, when the visibility may drop to 10m. You can expect a nice wall with a drop-off between 10 and 35m deep. The location, depth, and topography of this dive make Agus a great place to do your PADI Drift Diver Specialty.
Tambuli is one of the exciting dive sites located along the coast of Mactan, Cebu. In fact, its proximity to our dive center makes it the closest dive site other than the Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary- with the boat ride taking only 8-10 minutes on a calm day. Tambuli is another one of the great dive sites you don't want to miss when you are in Cebu.
Tambuli is known as a great macro diving site- a true calling for those photographers who love their close-ups. We commonly encounter nudibranches, anemone shrimp, tiny anglerfish, and angelfish. Shallow water encounters with the ever-elusive Mandarin fish are not uncommon. At one point along the steeply-sloped wall of Tambuli is a small airplane teeming with reef fish. We've tried to make up
great stories of how the plane got there, but the airport is on the other side of the island from Tambuli. The plane was sunk as an artificial wreck in Tambuli several years ago.
There can be come current along the coast at Tambuli. It creates an interesting and somewhat ironic moment to be flying over the top of a plane on a drift dive. The visibility at Tambuli varies with coastal runoff, but tends to be 18-25 meters. A good drift dive at Talima is worth adding to your vacation itinerary.
Thresher Point is located just across from Mactan, Cebu on the northern tip of Olango Island. Since the prevailing winds in Cebu, Philippines are generally from the South, this dive can be made almost year-round. Thresher Point is just off the coast from the fishing village of Tengo.
At Thresher Point down deep (40m) there is a chance to see some of the resident thresher sharks, which are 4 meters long! Like with any other dive site, we can't guarantee that the thresher sharks will be spotted on any given dive, but the average chance is about fifty percent.
The visibility at Thresher Point is variable, but it's typically between 20 and 40 meters. There can be some current at Thresher Point. In order to have a good chance of seeing the thresher sharks, we need to dive to around 40 meters. This dive is recommended for advanced divers who have experience with blue water descents. Technical divers may come and enjoy a greater chance to see these thresher sharks by making a team deco dive to 50m. This is a great graduation dive for your Technical Diving Course.
The Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary is located on the northern east coast of Mactan Island, Cebu. The sanctuary starts approximately 50 meters from our main shop at the Shangri-La. It has been a marine sanctuary since early 2007 and the resurgence of marine life has been amazing.
This stunning marine sanctuary is home to barracuda, parrotfish, lionfish, a beautiful school of jacks, and a huge school of silver batfish. The corals are abundant and healthy. From shallow depths the hard corals start and extend all the way out to the steeper slopes at 30m. In the middle depths of 15-30m, there are beautiful sponges and fans. Finally, technical divers can plunge down to 50m using permanently-installed descent/ascent lines. Visibility is usually 15-25m, and increases with depth.
The Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary is relatively calm on most days. Even if the boats can't run, the shallow sandy slope at the beach makes it perfect for a beach dive entry. The area between 5-10m deep contains several great sandy and grassy patches which makes it a top choice to conduct the PADI Open Water Diver Course. The abundance of life and varying degrees of depth along the slope make it well-suited for night dives and any number of PADI Specialty Courses.
Visit the best marine santuaries.
Located five kilometers east of Mactan Island, Olango Island lies between the Bohol Strait to the south and the Camotes Sea to the north. To the east is the Olango Channel while to the west is the Hilutungan Channel.
Olango Island supports the largest concentration of migratory birds found so far in the country. Migration starts from the breeding places of birds in Siberia, Northern China and Japan. Anticipating the scarcity of food and winter cold, these birds fly as far as Australia and New Zealand from late July until late November. This is usually referred to as the Southward Migration. By late February until May, these birds return to their breeding grounds in the reverse Northward Migration.
Based on data gathered so far, the birds use Olango as a major refueling station as well as a wintering ground. At Olango, the birds can replenish their fat reserves by feeding on rich supply of invertebrates in the intertidal mudflats. These fat reserves must fuel the birds on the next lap of their journey which may cover from 3,000 to 15,000 km. of non-stop flight. Land area - 1,022.6228 has.
Olango Island Group dive sites. 10 Nautical Miles The western edge of this reef facing Hilutangan Channel opposite Mactan Island presents beautiful coral gardens and a dense fish population. The eastern side has better coral corners and more game fish. Because of strong currents, this divesite is recommended for experienced divers only.
Olango Island is situated between Bohol and Cebu. Coral reefs are surrounding Olango island and several fish sanctuaries are close by as well. That makes Olango Island one of Philippines best Islands for snorkeling or dive adventures. The island is just about 10 square kilometers big and several small islands like Nalusuan or Sulpa together with Gilutongan and 3 other small Island paradises which nuild the Olango Island Groups.
As mentioned above you will find several fish sanctuaries and coral reefs located just few 100 meters away from Olango's shore line. One of the deepest wall dives, the Baring and Mabini Point, are known amongst divers from all over the world.
Malapascua has a great variety of dive sites - we've got big stuff and small stuff, reefs and wrecks, amazing coral dives and sandy muck dives, wall dives and night dives. Because the diving is in different areas and with many different influences there is a great variety of marine life. All our dive sites have excellent macro, so there is always plenty to see. Some divers have rated Malapascua's dive spots as some of the world's best diving!