Both Siargao and Anilao are fantastic dive destinations! With clear-water dive sites, these spots will definitely satisfy your adventurous cravings.
Top 3 dive spots in Siargao
1. Blue Cathedral
Located just off the coast of Cloud 9, Blue Cathedral is the most famous dive location in Siargao. With an average depth of 35 meters, explore the underwater tunnels, arches, reefs, and encounter tropical fishes like jackfishes, emperors, and barracudas. Blue Cathedral is best suited for those with previous diving experience due to the open Pacific waters and a rocky entry
How to get there: This dive site is near Rock Island, one of Siargao’s tiny outlying islands. It is reachable by boat from General Luna in less than half an hour.
2. Sohoton Cave
Sohoton Cove is a 60-hectare cove in Bucas Grande Island. It’s the idyllic definition of paradise: towering limestone hills covered in tropical plants and hardwood trees like the magcono, or known as ironwood, framing a shoreline of white sand and tiny shells.
How to get there: Ride to Sohoton Visitor’s Center and Eco-Lodge in Wespal, the departure point to Sohoton Cave. If you are traveling from Tacloban, the travel duration is about two hours.
3. Hagukan Cave
Hagukan Cave is one of the must-visit attractions when one visits the Sohoton Cove in Bucas Grande Island. The entire cave is estimated to extend up to 30 meters in area. The cave is located in the high-tide parts of the island, so there sits a small pool of clear water for visitors to swim in.
How to get there: Hagukan Cave is located within the Bucas Grande Island of Siargao. Visitors can ride a tricycle to Siargao City’s Pier 1, where they can hop onto a scenic two-hour boat ride to Bucas Grande Island.
Top 3 dive spots in Anilao
1. Twin Rocks
Twin Rocks is one of the best diving sites in Anilao. With a depth of 130 feet, divers can observe a colorful diversity of marine life at all levels of depth. This site is particularly visited by underwater photographers seeking macro and wide-angle shots. Soft corals, ribbon eels, mantis shrimps, porcelain crabs, schooling jacks, jawfish, and other smaller fishes roam the area.
How to get there: Twin Rocks is easily accessible from Anilao city center, around a 30-minute boat ride away from the shore.
2. Kirby’s Rock
With great visibility, Kirby’s Rock is flooded with macro critters. This is known as a haven for macro underwater photographers. The wall is filled with beautiful marine creatures of all sizes, who are always posing for eager photographers.
How to get there: Kirby’s Rock is located northwest of Tingloy Island and it is a 30-minute banca boat ride from Anilao.
3. Secret Bay
A popular muck diving site, Secret Bay is home to a considerable amount of marine life creatures such as mimic octopus, wonderpus, pipefish, seahorses, frogfish, and many others.
How to get there: Secret Bay is reachable from Anilao and you can take a jeepney to the Mabini town or Anilao pier.
From walls, to caves, coves and corals the underwater world of this part of the Philippines is one a beginner or experienced diver would not want to miss! To read more, do check out our Discover the Philippines e-Newsletter series! Both Siargao and Anilao have so much to offer for all divers, so do consider them as your next travel destinations to fully experience all the diving adventures that the Philippines has to offer to you!