Boracay Island is in the bucket list of most Filipinos, and for great explanation. Year right after year, it is been known as one particular of the ideal islands in the planet. It has quite fine, white sand beaches, clear blue waters, and a sunset that is to die for. A lot more than these, nevertheless, did you know that diving is also one particular of the ideal factors to do in Boracay?
Like a lot of my buddies, I believed that Boracay is only great for its beaches and the killer views. Prior to the closure of the island in 2018, it was also ideal recognized for all-evening parties. It was only when I had a opportunity to go back there when it reopened that I realized how underrated diving in Boracay can be.
How to Go to Boracay Island
It is uncomplicated adequate to go to Boracay you can come across flight and hotel packages by way of Traveloka. Download their app and periodically verify for discounted prices. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly twice direct to Kalibo daily, with far more every day flights from Manila to Caticlan. If you pick out to go by way of Kalibo, you will have to take a van to take you to Caticlan port.
Note that you will have to have a hotel booking prior to arriving in Caticlan. It will be checked at the port and you will not be permitted to go to Boracay with out it. Download the list of accredited Boracay hotels right here (as of March 2019).
You can also book a private transfer to and from Boracay for far more comfort. They will choose you up at Caticlan port, take you to their boat, and bring you to your hotel on the island.
I applied My Boracay Guide for this service and the comfort was so considerably worth it! Their price tag is inclusive of environmental charges, terminal charges, boat tickets, and shuttle van service.
Diving in Boracay
Though diving is not as properly recognized in Boracay as it is, say, in Coron, Palawan, there are nevertheless a lot of dive shops there. I counted at least six that have been by the beach.
Through the closure of the island from April to October 2018, the Boracay Small business Administration of Scuba Shops (BBASS), a group of divers and scuba shop operators on the island, carried out underwater cleanups, managing to get sacks of waste, largely plastics.
The cleanups, according to BBASS president Michael Martillano, helped a lot in the rehabilitation of marine life in Boracay. They have observed the return of some critters that they haven’t observed for some time.
I went diving with No cost Willy Diving on Station 1. The owner, Willy Berger from France, mentioned that he was glad Boracay had closed. He lives above the dive shop, and for the 1st time in years, he mentioned, he could hear the waves once more and none of the chug-chug of the all-evening bars that had characterized Boracay for a extended time.
Boracay Dive Web sites
There are about 20 dive web-sites in Boracay (who knew?). The most common one particular is Yapak, a wall dive about 20 minutes from Station 1. There are two web-sites Yapak 1 is for new divers though Yapak two is for these with deep dive certification. It begins at 30 meters and currents in the region can be sturdy. Critter sightings include things like sharks (each whitetip and gray reef sharks), rays, sea horses, and dogtooth tuna, amongst other folks.
Our dive website that morning was Diniwid Reef, about a 10-minute boat ride from Station 1. There have been only two of us a Korean dive instructor from Palau was there to see what diving in Boracay was like. Since she was a pro diver, I got our divemaster, Jun, all to myself.
Jun had been with Willy for 20 years he and the other employees at No cost Willy Diving didn’t leave even when the enterprise was closed for six months. “None of my employees have been divers prior to,” Willy mentioned. “They have been even afraid of diving.” Now, nevertheless, all the employees are certified, and some, like Jun, even have DM certification currently. Little wonder they are loyal to Willy.
Through our dive, maximum depth was 18 meters and bottom time was 46 minutes. As you can see from the video, I’m definitely pretty a novice I have to operate on buoyancy manage.
Visibility was great, and the existing was mild. I got fortunate to have Jun who was known as a “turtle whisperer.” We saw 4 hawksbill turtles and he took numerous photographs of me swimming with them. There was also a frogfish, lionfish, stonefish and clownfish, amongst numerous other tropical reef fishes I couldn’t recognize.
As opposed to other dive web-sites I’d observed, although, the corals weren’t that wonderful. If you want far more vibrant and varied marine life, head to the Yapak web-sites, as properly as to Laguna de Boracay, Camia two, Laurel Island, and Punta Bunga.
Would I Dive in Boracay Once more?
For certain, Boracay could not be the ideal recognized diving location in the Philippines, but I would undoubtedly dive there once more. It gives me an option to just lazing about on the beach. There are also a lot of Boracay flight and hotel packages that will let me come across great bargains when preparing my trip to the island.
I had written prior to that Boracay is not great for solo travelers, that it is mostly for celebration goers. Now that most of the all-evening bars are gone, and I know about its dive web-sites, I could have to edit that post.
If you are traveling to Boracay with loved ones and buddies, let them appreciate themselves on the banana boat though you gear up. No cost Willy charges equivalent to other dive shops in the region nevertheless, the level of service they offer you is just incredible. You can also opt to rent an underwater camera and have your DM take photos and videos of you. Completely worth it!
As a location to get certified, Boracay is also very advised. Who desires a swimming pool when the beach is proper there? The beach is extended and gently sloping, so it will serve student divers completely.
And as opposed to other destinations, like Anilao, Batangas, there are so numerous factors to do in Boracay aside from diving. You can discover how to dive throughout the day, and appreciate the meals and the nightlife afterwards. With the marine life back right after the closure, although the corals nevertheless have to have a lot far more years to recover, it is worth it to go diving in Boracay once more.
Have you been back to Boracay due to the fact it reopened final year?