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Diving in Siquijor

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When to go to Siquijor

Scuba diving in Siquijor is available all year-round. May is the warmest month on the island with the average temperature of 33C/91F. February is the coolest month with the average temperature of 24C/75F. Siquijor has no distinct temperature seasons; the water temperature is relatively constant throughout the year. The wet season has a rainfall peak around November; the dry season is around the month of February.

The water temperature varies between 26-29C/80-84F throughout the year.

The average visibility stays from 10-30m/33-98ft.

 

What to see

The sites are home to fusiliers, mackerels, anthias, lionfish, mandarin fish, pipe fish, Spanish dancers, nudibranch, cuttlefish, shrimps and glassfish. Sometimes turtles, barracuda and even eagle rays can be seen there. Siquijor is also good for macro photographers and enthusiastic night divers.

Scuba diving in Siquijor

Siquijor is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. Its capital is the municipality also named Siquijor. To the northwest of Siquijor are Cebu and Negros, to the northeast is Bohol and to the south, across the Bohol Sea, is the island of Mindanao. Siquijor is the 3rd smallest province of the Philippines. It is easy to travel around and an extremely comfortable place to visit. The closest airport is in Dumaguete, that is connected to Siquijor by ferry. Known for its scenic beauty and archaic churches, Siquijor is also blessed with natural and historical attractions. There is a maze of spectacular caves in the interior of the island. White sand beaches make up most of the 102km/63mi coastline of Siquijor. The coral reefs ringing the island offer some of the best diving in the Philippines for snorkelers and scuba divers. Siquijor was declared a marine reserve in 1978.

 

Most popular dive sites

There are a lot of dive sites for divers of all levels of experience, except maybe some of the southern dive sites, where strong currents can sometimes make diving challenging. The popular dive sites are Paliton Wall, Tulapus Sanctuary, Sawang (great dive for beginners), and Maite (popular night dive site).

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