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Class 1 Scuba Diving Destination

Scuba diving around Panglao Island was made popular during the 1980s and the Panglao's popularity has continued to grow as more places have been designated Marine Protected Areas. The star attraction is scuba diving Balicasag Island where the waters are pristine, protected and highly productive in terms of the abundance and diversity of marine life.

Scuba Diving Locations Around Panglao

Using Panglao Island as a staging place, one can reach out from here to less traveled dive spots such a Cabilao Island, Loon (northwest Bohol). But the two most talked about scuba diving destinations around Panglao Island are

Balicasag Island

Balicasag Island is located about four miles southwest of Panglao Island. It takes about 20-30 minutes by boat to reach the Balicasag Island from most of the dive resorts on Panglao - the journey is worth every minute.

Whether you are a macro or wide angle photographer there is so much to see at Balicasag that you could spend a week just around Balicasag Island, discovering the many varied creatures that flourish in the nutrient-rich waters. Dive with shoals of skip-jack tuna and barracuda, wave "hello" to passing turtles and, (during January to March) expected to find whale sharks passing overhead. Get up close to ghost pipe fish, frog fish, flamboyant cuttlefish and blue ring octopus; at night follow porcelain and decorator crabs.

Pamilacan Island

Pamilacan Island is for the experienced scuba diver. Drift diving around Pamilacan Island you can find sea-snakes to entice your camera, as well as large shoals of skip-jack tuna and moorish idols, and the occasional napoleon wrasse. Whale sharks & manta rays are returning to the waters around Pamilacan Island as tourism is slowly replacing raping of the sea as a significant source of income.

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Rent Scuba Diving Equipment In Panglao

Renting scuba diving equipment and dive gear in Panglao is easy. There are scores of dive shops, and beach resorts with dive centers, on the island and most offer basic scuba diving training while some offer advanced diving courses.

The reef that extends around most of Panglao Island allows for beach-entry diving. If you want to visit Balicasag or Pamilacan islands then boat hire is easily arranged by your beach resort or dive shop.

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