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Cabilao Island

Cabilao Island West Bohol Dive Sites - 3 Dives for 6,750 Pesos.


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The entry Point is on the south side of the Cambaquiz beach, and the exit is before the concrete pier. It has a nice steep slope with wall cuts and a sharp vertical wall corner.

Only a few corals and fish can be seen on this dive site,  but there are some Parrot fishes, Nudibranchs, Double-headed Maori Wrasse, and Damsel Fishes. By the wall corner are Fusiliers, and at the end of the dive, between the seagrass, the Net Pipe fish, Razorfish, Ghost Pipefish, and Seahorse. In shallow water are many Black and white Demoiselle fish.


Light House South

Depending on the current direction, you can start in front of the dive shop from sea explorers going north with the wall on your right shoulder, or you can start in front of the lighthouse going south with the wall on your left shoulder.

Deep steep slope/wall right in front of the beach and the lighthouse from Cabilao. The best time for diving is in the afternoon when the sun stands at the right angle.

Beautiful corals and sea fans, lots of small fish like damsels, Moorish idols, butterfly fish, clown fish, Mackerels, and fusiliers.


Balay Reef

To all dive operators and boat captains, please do not drop anchor on this side of the island. There are very nice hard corals in this area.

At the entry point is a big stick standing in the reef as a visual reference. Start at 22-25m’ and look for the five caves, after that, the wall is not straight but with corners where you dive through and around. Half way the dive ascends to 8-12m for the coral garden on the slope, which is the best on the island. Bring for this dive site a  dive light to look inside the caves.

Look in the small caves on the ceiling for the comet. The caves have sometimes small white tip shark, and the slope with hard corals are the best on the island.



The entry point is a little bit further east from the concrete steps, which are going into the water on the coastline. Bring dive light for this dive to look inside the small caves.

On the wall are giant gorgonians and ate the end of the dive, nice corrals in the shallow part like giant Basket sponges, Brown Daisy corrals, and leather corrals. Often a school of striped fusiliers, Barracudas, and raggy scorpion fish can also be seen.


Balay Reef

To all dive operators and boat captains, please do not drop anchor on this side of the island there are very nice hard corals in this area.

Start at 20-25m, go up to 12 and end at 5m. Beautiful steep wall with coral gardens. Great spot for a night dive. In the south of this dive site is a marine sanctuary, where it is not allowed to dive at the time of printing.

Lots of small fish and seahorses in the shallow. Big sea fans along the wall and mackerels, young Barracudas, and the Maori Wrasse. During the night dive, for sure you will see some basket stars.


Light House East

Depending on the current direction. Start the dive in front of the lighthouse going east, slope on your right shoulder. Or you start at the north corner in front of Barangay Beach, going southwest, the slope on the left shoulder. For more adventurous divers. Deep drop-off with a platform at 22mand 30m. It can have a strong current; watch the timetable for proper entry time. Good night diving is at Barangay beach; see the on the map. easy to make a land entry and exit here; your dive profile is then a triangle.

Until 1999, there were Hammerhead sharks in March; now, these days, you have to be lucky. On the slope are Nudibranchs and try to find the Dragon fish or Seamoth. In deep water in the red sea-fans look for the tiny Pygmy seahorse. The local divemasters from Cabilao can show them to you. During the night-dive, you see Conger eel like the ugly Marbled snake-eel. Your safe stop is best above the seagrass in the shallow part.


3 Coconut

To all dive operators and boat captains, please do not drop anchor on this side of the island there are very nice hard corals in this area.

This dive site comes a bit after the marine sanctuary in the south direction. Why it's called the tree coconuts is unclear because many coconut trees are standing on this coastline.

Great hard corals on the reef top, especially at the end of the dive; some giant Table corals can be seen here. For fish life, you will see the Blue-finned Triggerfish, Mackerel, Purple Queen Anthias fish, many Damsels fishes, young Barracudas, Rainbow Snappers, and the Checkered Snapper.


1.  All reservations must be done online. 


2.  A maximum of 20 divers per dive shop is allowed per day. 


3. Only two dives per day are allowed on the island.


4. All bookings must be done in advance. 


5. Open water courses and DSDs are not allowed on the island.

6. Only 150 tickets per day are being sold online. 

7. Dive operators like Alona Divers can book two dive boats at a time—one dive boat for snorkelers and the 2nd dive boat for scuba diving. 

Other dive sites in Panglao are always available with unlimited visits/dives.


We are looking forward to having you dive with us!

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