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Diving in Pintuyan

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When to go to Pintuyan

Pintuyan has a tropical climate. There is a significant amount of rainfall throughout the year. The warmest month is May with the average air temperature of 28C/82F. In January, the average air temperature is 25C/77F. The average water temperature is close to 26C/79F.


What to see

Marine life includes hard and soft corals, whale sharks, barracudas, groupers, batfish, turtles and many more species.

Scuba diving in Pintuyan

Pintuyan is a fifth class municipality in the province of Southern Leyte, Philippines. The closest airport is in Ormoc, that is located in 220 km. Pintuyan is a small town that promotes interaction with the sharks in their natural state. There are some dive sites with beautiful underwater world that are ideal for novice, as well as for advanced divers. Sunok is a very popular dive site because of the whale sharks. There have been 8 pairs of whale sharks spotted there just in the last 6 months. Whale sharks are known as harmless, they do not pose a threat to humans or schools of fish around them. Whale sharks can weigh more than nine tones and measure up to 12m/39ft in length. Best time to see them is around the full moon. There is an array of hard and soft corals along the cracks and crevices of the local underwater landscape. This site is a boat dive and is suitable for advanced divers. The currents are medium, 1-2 knots, and the visibility is medium as well, 5-10m/16-33ft. The average depth of the site is 10m/32.8ft and the maximum depth is 25m/82ft. It is a good site for underwater photography. San Ricardo Whale Sharks dive site also has a good number of whale sharks. The average depth of that site is 4m/13ft and the maximum depth is 10m/33ft. The dive site is suited for divers of all levels of experience. Nearby there is another interesting dive site, Napantao Fish Sanctuary. This dive consists of a series of rocks covered densely with black corals as well as a coral covered wall. The site also features a cave. The average depth of the site is 15m/49.2ft and the maximum depth is 45m/147.6ft.