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World | Philippines | Diving Calangaman Island:


Scuba Diving in Calangaman Island, Cebu, the Philippines

Water temperature:

25 - 31°C (27 - 88°F)


3mm wetsuit - shortie


10 - 30 metres (30 - 100 feet)

Type of diving:

Reef and wall diving

Marine life:

Moray eels, stonefish, triggerfish, clownfish, sea slugs, tubewroms, coral

When to go:

Any time of year, although the dry season runs from November to May so offers better visibility

How to get there:

From Cebu City– Travel to Malapascua Island from Cebu City by getting a taxi to Maya in the north of Cebu. From here it is possible to get a ferry (stopping at 5pm) or fishing boat across to Malapascua Island. Calangaman Island can be reached from Malapascua Island by taking a 2 hour boat journey

Calangaman Island, the Philippines - Courtesy of Rik Vercoe

Calangaman Island is located around two hour's boat ride to the southeast of Malapascua Island, near the coast of Leyte. Smaller in size than its neighbour, Calangaman is a palm tree covered strip of land: the pinnacle of a seamount with white sand beaches and a tropical climate. A pristine white sandbank stretches out into the azure blue waters providing a perfect base for swimming and snorkelling. The island itself is often used during surface intervals for sunbathing and barbeques and whilst Calangaman could be dived from the shore, boat diving is the norm, avoiding any surface swimming. The deep wall dives are a definite attraction here with huge gorgonian fans populating the reef as it drops away from 30m into the depths. Nearby Nunez Shoal (around 5 minutes boat ride from Calangaman) is a top diving location.

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