Scuba diving in Dona Marilyn

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From Boat
Diver level
Average: 18 m
Maximum: 32 m
Average: 10 m
Maximum: 30 m

Dona Marylin (alternative name is Manoc Manoc) is one of the top wrecks in the Visayas. It was sunk in 1986 during a typhoon and now she lies on the starboard side and is covered with black coral, gorgonians and other anthozoans. Soft Coral is really healthy here as well as marine life is abundant.

When to go

The average air temperature is 27-32C/81-89F. The water temperature ranges from 27C/81F to 30C/86F.

What to see

This wreck is home to frogfish, sea-snakes, nudibranchs, large cuttlefish and flatworms. Big porcupine fish are common visitors as well as batfish. White tip sharks, giant moray eel, marble rays, blue-spotted rays, eagle rays and devil rays sometimes can be seen there. Several varieties of sweetlips grow bigger here than at any other dive sites. Divers can also spot many of the magnificent purple fire sea urchins, accompanied by their resident zebra crabs and Coleman's shrimps.

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