The diving around Bohol is considered some of the best in the Philippines with Balicasag island being the one of the crown jewels. Now with the new international airport on Panglao island it’s even easier, quicker and cheaper to get there than ever. There are a growing number of international flights and a host of domestic ones, mostly from Manila. Bohol is easily reached by boat from many other islands with four fast ferry companies plying the route between Cebu and Tagbilaran. The Bohol sea sits on the eastern side of the island, has a depth of over 2000 metres with nutrient rich waters supplied by currents running through from the Pacific Ocean. For this reason there is not only rich coral life on the reefs but also frequent encounters with Whale shark. Whale and Dolphin encounters are common as you head to or from dive sites on one of Sierra Madres big bangka boats. For more information on how to get to Bohol please message us.
Sierra Madre Divers is one of the few pioneers of diving in Bohol and the most established PADI five star IDC in the area. Not only do they have a highly experienced and attentive dive team, but have also played an important role in many local conservation efforts. Unlike many dive operators in the Alona, Panglao area the dive shop is thankfully located on the beach making your diving that much more convenient than many other operators, and of course you get to enjoy swaying palms and the sand. Currently the dive shops accommodation is being renovated, so guests are accommodated in the companies long time resort partner Scent of a Green Papaya. The resort is a laid back, relaxing oasis, secluded yet handy to the bustling tourist area. Comfortable, large, modern rooms come in either king size or a two bedroom suite. The resort restaurant serves up a great selection of food and makes a fair effort for plant-based diets. Come and chill by the pool with an SMB, not to be mixed up with SMD, the dive shop.
The diving in Bohol covers a broad spectrum of scuba adventure as well as experience levels. From peaceful sandy areas and muck to thrilling drift dives along coral-encrusted walls surrounded by schools of Jackfish and the chance of Whale shark passing by. The Bohol Sea is rich with pelagic life from Whales and Dolphins to Manta and Mobula rays, and the nutrient-rich waters provide for good coral growth. Balicasag Island is probably the number one dive spot with its abundant marine life that includes a vast Jackfish school, Dogtooth Tuna, Spanish Mackarel, and at the last count 177 green turtles. Other top dive sites are Pamilican Island and Doljo. Cabilao, where the Hammerheads are rumored to be seen deep in the morning, has exceptionally healthy coral growth and is fantastic for macro spotters. For tailored dive trips to Bohol, please just fire us an email.