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Dive Sites near Anda and Guindulman

Anda, Saturday, 19 June 2010

The dive sites between Anda and Guindulman offer a fantastic variety of diving for all levels of diver on a beautiful 14 km reef. Visibility in this area is superb (often 20 meters plus). There is a resident whale-shark, many turtles, a huge Humpback Parrotfish as well a variety of reef life. Thereís also seahorses, nudibranches and pipefish for those who like to find the small things.

There are several dive centers in the area mostly based within the hotels or resorts.

Here's a selection of some of the dive sites in the area. Most dives are easy and suitable for all as long as beginners watch their depth.

Titanic Rocks

Titanic Rocks at a Glance
Rating
Difficulty Easy to advanced
Where East of Anda
How to get there by banca from Anda Beach.
Average depth 10m
Maximum depth 18m

The Titanic Rocks dive site is suitable for all levels of divers (current dependent) and is made up of several pinnacles of rock to explore. Drop in at around 8 meters and make your way to 18m. Look out for lots of nudibranches and shrimpfish. Visibility can be around 10 meters.

Neptuneís House

Neptuneís House at a Glance
Rating
Difficulty Intermediate
Where To the east of Anda White Resort
How to get there by banca from Anda Beach.
Average depth 20m
Maximum depth 31m

Neptune's House is not suitable for beginners because of depth. Entry into the cave is at 31 meters and you can spend a maximum of ten minutes exploring. Donít forget to take a torch. Less advanced divers can still explore the reef. Watch out for blue spotted stingrays.

Bacong

Bacong at a Glance
Rating
Difficulty Easy
Where Opposite Anda White Resort
How to get there by banca from Anda Beach.
Average depth 10m
Maximum depth 20m

Bacong is a great dive suitable for all levels. The steep wall is densely populated by corals and sea horses are often found on the big fan corals at around 18-20 meters. Also watch for well camouflaged Stonefish and turtles. Also a 1.5 meter humpback parrotfish cruises between here and Virgen.

Virgen

Virgen at a Glance
Rating
Difficulty Easy
Where Opposite FloWer Beach Dive Resort
How to get there by banca from Resort.
Average depth 12m
Maximum depth 27m

Virgen is a huge dive site split into two, Virgen East and Virgen West. Both are suitable for all level of divers. Advanced divers can drop over the wall to the sandy bottom while there is plenty to do for beginners at the top of the wall and over the reef. This site is very colorful with lots of reef life. Watch out for turtles and triggerfish.

Dap Dap

Dap Dap at a Glance
Rating
Difficulty Easy
Where Opposite Dap Dap Resort
How to get there by banca from Resort.
Average depth 8m
Maximum depth 20m

The dive site at Dap Dap Resort is shallower dive suitable as second dive of the day and great for beginners. The reef wall is steep with lots of small things and has lots of crevices to explore. The top of the reef is also great for snorkeling as is only 3-5 meters.

Paradise Gardens

Paradise Gardens at a Glance
Rating
Difficulty Easy
Where Opposite Bluestar Resort
How to get there by banca from Resort.
Average depth 8m
Maximum depth 27m

The Paradise Gardens site is suitable for all levels. Advanced divers crap drop down to 20-30 meters and look for seahorses. Beginners or for a second dive explore the top of the wall at 8m with its fantastic bright corals and huge variety of marine life. This is the best spot for snorkelers.

Snappers Cave

Snappers Cave at a Glance
Rating
Difficulty Easy
Where West of Bluestar Resort
How to get there by banca from Resort.
Average depth 8m
Maximum depth 30m

Snappers Cave has a very attractive steep wall from 4 meters to 30 meters and a wide cave at 27 meters. Don't forget your torch! Great for all levels of diver when observing the depth limit.

Cocowhite

Cocowhite at a Glance
Rating
Difficulty Easy
Where Opposite Coco White Resort
How to get there by banca from Resort.
Average depth 8m
Maximum depth 30m

The Coco White Resort dive site is very large and is divided into Coco White North and Coco White South. It has a very attractive steep wall from 4 meter to 30 meter and a wide cave at 27m. Donít forget your torch! Great for all levels of diver when observing the depth limit.

Wonderwall

Cocowhite at a Glance
Rating
Difficulty Easy
Where South of Guindulman
How to get there by banca from Resort.
Average depth 15m
Maximum depth 27m

The Wonderwall dive site is good for all levels if beginners observe depth limits. Itís a steep wall with lots of small grottoes to explore. At 27 meter there is a small wreck and freshwater source.

FloWer Beach Resort
Address: FloWer Beach and Diving Resort, Virgen, 6311 Anda , Bohol, The Philippines
Phone: +63 918 579 6166 (resort)
Email: requests@flower-beach.com
Website: http://www.flower-beach.com

Myk Derengowski

What readers think...

Concerned Citizen wrote:
Friday, 27 August 2010 13:16:28 PHT
These dive sites may not be something to be proud of in the next few years because nothing has been done to protect the marine resources in the Anda Peninsula. It is very disappointing to note that there are no environmentalists among the town officials! Local officials are even hesitant to establish a marine sanctuary for fear that they will lose votes. You see fishermen lay down mosquito nets/double nets which are more than 150 meters long. To do this, they do a lot of noise to scare the fish and make them go to their nets. You always see this in the cliff parts of the peninsula especially in between Blue Star and Coco White Beach. Diving boat operators do not know how to properly anchor their boats. Instead of using designated diving buoys or markers, they just throw the anchor on corals. When is the government going to MOVE? When it is too late????????
Tessie Bertumen wrote:
Sunday, 27 June 2010 15:38:51 PHT
It is sad to read that Myk intentionally skipped Bituon Beach resort which is almost more than 15 years in existence. This is to be found in Basdio, Guindulman (take note of the correct spelling of the town Guindulman). This resort is well-established and well visited by German professional divers.

It is hard to say intentional, but I will ask. I've visited Bituon Beach resort, when it was still one of the very few resorts in the area, and it is nice, and caters almost exclusively to pre-arranged tours.--Jeroen.

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