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Diving in Cabilao

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When to go to Cabilao

The best time to dive is November through June. The average water temperature varies from 25C/77F to 29C/84F throughout the year. May is the warmest month with the average temperature of 33C/91F. February is the coldest month with the average temperature of 23C/73F. The underwater visibility ranges from 20m/65ft to 40m/131ft. The currents can be pretty strong sometimes and provide great opportunity for drift diving.


What to see

Cabilao is known for wall diving and a good chance to spot many pelagic fish like barracudas, dogtooth tunas, frogfish, large groupers, snappers, sea snakes, napoleon wrasses and giant trevallies. Some walls are covered in gorgonian sea fans. In the caves divers can find baby sharks which are resting during the day. From December to June, divers can see schools of hundreds of hammerheads sharks. The best time to spot them is just after sunrise or just before sunset.

Scuba diving in Cabilao

The small island of Cabilao is located just in front of Bohol's north coast, about 30km from Tagbilaran, along the coastal road to Calape and Tubigon. The closest airport is Mactan-Cebu, from where you got to get to Argao and then to Cabilao by ferry. The island is surrounded by a coral reef that falls steeply down to about 50m/164ft. In the shallower part divers can find a seagrass meadow and impressive coral formations occupied by stone fish and harlequin ghost pipefish. Cabilao Island has several perfect dive spots for both novice and experienced divers. Away from the mass tourism, overcrowded areas and commercialization the island offers a real paradise with an intact underwater world, a fascinating variety of tropical fish and colorful coral formations. Divers can swim through hard and table corals as well as overhangs, crevices and caves. Underwater photographers will not be disappointed and the night dives are spectacular as well.

Most popular dive sites

Popular dive sites on Cabilao are South Point (with its spectacular drop off), Gorgonian Wall, Cambaquiz, Lighthouse and Fallen Tree. All dive sites feature rich marine life.