Diving in Central Visayas

The Philippines has three main island groups, one of them is the Visayas, which is made up of eight main islands: Bohol, Cebu, Negros, Siquijor, Panay, Masbate, Leyte, and Samar. This idyllic region is world-famous for its stunning tropical beaches and laid back island lifestyle, as well as for having spectacular dive sites and some of the highest biodiversity in the Philippines. You will find it very easy to access some of the most well-known dive spots of the region, as each island has airport and ferry connections. The Visayas has many dive operators located within resorts and hotels, as well as many independent ones. Many dive sites are easily accessible from the shore; however, most of the diving is made through traditional Philippine Banka boats, a fascinating experience. One of the best ways to enjoy the Visayas is by its numerous liveaboards and safaris that operate throughout the region, many of which have scheduled trips throughout the year. Make sure you include enough time in your journey, as there are plenty of different dive sites you must explore, and it would be a good idea to include as much of the diving hotspots as possible. When planning your trip, take into consideration the travel times between the islands and the availability of the connections.

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Wildlife in Central Visayas

Dive sites in Central Visayas are extremely diverse. You can expect to see beautiful coral covered walls, an abundance of marine life, stunning coral reefs, and gentle sloping reefs. Encounter whale sharks, rays, barracudas, schools of jacks and sea-turtles in Bohol and Balicasag. Get close to famous thresher sharks and pygmy seahorses in Malapascua and sardine bait balls in Moalboal. You will also find frogfish galore, seahorse, flamboyant cuttlefish and rare nudibranchs in Dauin. Diving in Central Visayas is an unexpected adventure, as you will be mesmerized by the bright and beautiful corals and the unbelievable amount of friendly sea turtles.

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Seahorses and Pipefishes
Leafy Seadragon
Pygmy Seahorse
Common Seahorse
Pipefish
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Sharks
Whale Shark
Thresher Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Oceanic Blacktip Shark
Rays
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Reptiles
Banded Sea Krait
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Conger eel
Jackfishes
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Frogfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Trumpetfish
Bannerfish
Flounder
Emperors
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Cuttlefish
Nudybranch
Crustaceans
Crayfish
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab
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Seahorses and Pipefishes
Leafy Seadragon
Pygmy Seahorse
Common Seahorse
Pipefish
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Sharks
Whale Shark
Thresher Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Oceanic Blacktip Shark
Rays
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Reptiles
Banded Sea Krait
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Conger eel
Jackfishes
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Frogfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Trumpetfish
Bannerfish
Flounder
Emperors
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Cuttlefish
Nudybranch
Crustaceans
Crayfish
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab

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