Diving sites - Southern Route
Day 1: Cebu

Departure, no diving today.


Day 2: Apo Island and Siquijor Island

The first dive of the day will take place at the Apo Island Marine Sanctuary. Apo is a small island located near the southern tip of Negros Island in southern Visayas. We follow the decline down to approximately 18 m. The hard corals form ideal hiding spots for the reef's tiny inhabitants. On the way back up we pass by seven large coral formations jointly known as "Clownfish City". These formations are covered in sea anemones, which are home to myriads of clownfish. The rare blue cheeked triggerfish and blue half moon fish are often spotted here. Visibility at this site is usually up to 25 metres.
This dive is suitable for all certified divers.

The second dive of the day is in the afternoon while the ship anchors off Siquijor Island. Tulapus Sanctuary is located near to the anchoring spot. This is an easy dive, which takes us over a varied and curious area. In 1989 150 concrete 'crosses' were put into the sand to create an artificial reef, and swimming over them creates the eerie feeling of swimming over an underwater graveyard. The crosses are now nicely overgrown with hard and soft corals and plenty of fish tumble in between them. You will see a multitude of blue spotted fantail stingrays and groups of curious barracudas.
This dive is suitable for all certified divers.


Day 3: Balicasag Island and Pamilacan Island

Balicasag undoubtedly is one of the highlights of the cruise for divers.

Whether we will explore the Black Forest, Rudy's Rock, Rico's Wall, the Cathedral or Divers' Heaven depends on wind and current conditions; in either case, world class diving awaits. Maximum depth at all locations is 40 m, however, the most interesting places are found at depths of 10 to 20 m, where you will encounter shoals of rare and colourful fish. Turtles are often seen and big schools of large-eyed trevallys, swimming in circular formations. We will make our first dive before breakfast and the second dive at 10 a.m. at a different location.

The third and fourth dives of the day will take place at the north-eastern side of Pamilacan Island. The dive begins at a simple decline, which turns into a wall that drops down to some 40 m. Here is a good chance to see the majestic Napoleon wrasse, a rare fish in Philippine waters. Barracudas and batfish are sure sightings, and some times manta rays swim by. Strong currents should be expected in the area.
All dives are suitable for all certified divers.


Day 4: Camiguin Island

The ship anchors for the day, so we can make three dives at our leisure. The first dive will take place at the Old Volcano, an extinct, sunken volcano. When lava from the volcano solidified, it created dramatic formations with deep clefts, now overgrown with coral and sea lilies. The crater sides slope down to 40 m. Sea turtles are often seen feeding on sponges on the lower parts of the crater sides.

The second dive will take place at Mantigue Island located only 3 km from Camiguin Island. The dive site is known as Mantigue Crack, a steep slope that starts at a depth of about five meters and drops to some 40 m. Here we find plenty of hard and black coral formations, and the large crevices are home to a variety of interesting fish.

The final dive of the day will be at Mantigue Sanctuary. The dive begins at a grassy area with an amazing amount of macro life. Afterwards we come to a decline that drops to some 35 m. The decline is covered in hard coral, and shoals of trevallys, cabinza grunts, snappers, and many other species of fish flock at the area.
All dives are suitable for all certified divers.


Day 5: Tood Island and Bilanbilangan Island

Both islands are located in a completely untouched area, out of reach for normal tourists and divers. As there is very little ship traffic in the area so there will be plenty of opportunities to see large fish. We will be making exploratory dives off of both islands. The first dive will be in the morning, the second in the afternoon.
Both dives are suitable for all certified divers.


Day 6: Talong Island and Calangaman Island

We will make our first dive at the north-west side of Talong Island at a steep incline that drops to some 45 m. Visibility is generally excellent here - 30 m or more. The slope is overgrown with hard corals including beautiful gorgonians and staghorn formations. Here you will see bump head parrotfish, schools of trevallys, batfish etc. In the sandy areas, rays, panther flounders and lizard fish are often seen. Due to the great depths of the open water, there is a good chance of occasional visits of large pelagic fish.
This dive is suitable for all certified divers.

The afternoon dive will be at the east side of Calangaman Island  an absolute paradise for divers. We will descend along a downward slope that turns in to a drop-off of more than 400 meters depth. There are strong currents in the area, so the group must stay together. The most interesting area is at 12-20 meters depth on the slope itself. Here we will see a multitude of tropical fish and a great variety of nudibranches. Spotted eagle rays and blue spotted butterfly rays are frequently encountered.
This dive is suitable for Advanced Open Water-certified divers or higher.


Day 7: Monad Shoal and Malapascua Island

En route to Malapascua Island, the ship will make an early morning stop at Monad Shoal  an underwater island on the edge of a 200 m drop-off. The location is famous as the only place in the world where the magnificent thresher sharks can be seen every day. Manta rays have also become a common sight. The shoal also attracts other pelagic creatures such as devil rays and eagle rays.
This dive is suitable for Advanced Open Water certified divers or higher.

After breakfast, when the ship is anchored off Malapascua Island, we will make our second dive of the day at the tiny Lapu Lapu Island. Here you will find a great variety of hard and soft corals. White-spotted angelfish, cabinza grunts, dragon fish and octopuses are also common.
This dive is suitable for all certified divers.

The third dive of the day is also the final dive on the cruise. We dive just off shore from a lighthouse, which is also the name of the dive site. It is a shallow dive, which gives us plenty of bottom time. There is a very healthy macro life at this site, including seahorses and the shy and colourful mandarin fish. Mandarin fish are very rare and difficult to find, so remember your camera. You will be sure to get some fantastic photos.
This dive is suitable for all certified divers.

Note! All dives are planned and made in accordance with the participating divers' level of training and experience. The dive programme is subject to change.
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