Enjoy the tropical Filipino sun on these two popular tourist destinations! There are many beaches in Siquijor and Palawan Island to relax at. Visitors are also greeted with an abundance of dive destinations as well as natural wonders such as the cascading waterfalls.
Top 5 Dive sites in Siquijor and off Palawan Island
1. Paliton Wall
Dropping to 40 meters, Paliton Wall is covered with colorful corals and fans, offering a large overhang and caves. Divers can spot giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish and Spanish dancers among the corals.
How to get there: From Paliton Beach, hop onto a kayak and row out the shore, or book a dive trip with a local dive centre.
2. Tonga Point
A more challenging dive, Tonga Point begins with a gentle slope to 12 meters that leads to a steep drop-off of 65 meters. An abundance of colorful marine life is observed at the shallow ends, but dive deeper to encounter schools of barracuda, turtles, and blue-spotted rays.
How to get there: Tonga Point is easily accessible from Siquijor Airport and Siquijor Port.
3. Miniloc Island
Located near El Nido, the two small Tagbao Islands are home to three reefs nestled in between them. The shallow waters make it suitable for beginner divers. Encounter an abundance of colorful reef fish, corals, and crayfish.
How to get there: A boat ride is provided to Miniloc Island from Palawan Island, which lasts around 40 minutes.
4. Cuttlefish Shawl
Cuttlefish Shawl is recommended for experienced divers as the dive site has a challenging depth. Divers can observe barracuda, sea turtles, angelfish, and, as the name suggests, cuttlefish.
How to get there: It’s best to find a local guide in Puerto Princesa to locate this dive spot.
5. Dilumacad Tunnel
This stunning 115-foot long tunnel was discovered in the 1990s by a Japanese diver, and has since been a ‘must-dive’ spot among divers worldwide! The tunnel starts at a depth of 40 feet and leads divers to a spectacular sandy bottom.
How to get there: Dilumacad Island, home to many other fantastic dive sites, is 15 minutes by boat from El Nido.
From walls to caves, 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 Siquijor and Palawan 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!
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