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Diving in Camiguin Explore the Underwater World

Treasures to discover

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The Philippine Islands are a real treasure trove of nature, both on land and underwater.

Scientists know, globally, only about two dozen regions with such an unusually large biodiversity and one of these are the islands of the Philippines.
Come and discover with us “Camiguin´s treasure trove”, the House reef of Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat & Dive Resort
 

House reef

Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat & Dive Resort is the first and only resort in Camiguin with its own house reef just outside the front door. There is something for everyone.

Whether coral garden, wall, drift diving, not to mention countless much macro; The House reef offers “all-in-one”. Via a little bridge you can easily enter the water and experience fantastic dives from early morning until night dive.

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From „Platax Pinnatus“ (dusky batfish)„emblem“ of our Logo, relaxed turtlesthe rare blue ribbon eel, oversized huge barrel sponges , colourful corals and feather stars, countless nudibranchs; basketstar , elegant sea snakes; frogfish; electric clams, mantis shrimp, eagle rays - we have it all.

Divesites

In addition to the House reef Diving, we can also offer you the possibility to explore the beautiful dive sites around Camiguin, including the famous Mantique Nature Park.

Camiguin offers for this countless variations of:
  • Beach Dives directly from the beach, transport with with Jeepny or Multicab.
  • Boat Dives are offered with the typical filipino outrigger boats
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The other dive highlights of Camiguin are “White Island“ “Old Volcano” or “Sunken Cemetery” which are just around the corner and easily accessible . The day trips to “Mantique Island” including beach picnic, are not only popular with divers, but also an absolute must do for snorkelers and an unforgettable experience.
The dive sites around Camiguin are world-class and you can be sure that only a “handful” of scuba divers have been here before you.

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  • Volcan Beach House Reef

    Volcan Beach House Reef
      Type of site: Sandy reef slope
      Average depth: 5-30m
      Dive certification: Beginner and Advanced

    Nice and easy site for beginners and experienced divers, consisting of a beautiful garden of soft and hard coral. It is a good Dive Site to find macro aquatic life.                                                                                            

    What you can see:

    • Nudibranch, 
    • anemone fishes,
    • ribbon eels,
    • cuttle fish,
    • octopus,
    • trigger fish,
    • mantis
    • shrimps,
    • sea snakes
    • turtles,
    • eagle rays,
    • tuna
  • Gipsy Rover

    Gipsy Rover
      Type of site: Sandy reef slope
      Average depth: 14-25m
      Dive certification: Beginner and Advanced

    A small sail boat is lying at 16 m in a sandy area of this famous muck dive site.

    What you can see:

    • Different lion fish in the tiny wreck.
    • Scorpion fish,
    • batfish,
    • schools of fusiliers,
    • different moray eels,
    • garden eels,
    • frogfish,
    • clams,
    • ghost pipefish,
    • leaf fish.
  • Tango Bay

    Tango Bay
      Type of site: Steep reef slope
      Average depth: 4-30m
      Dive certification: Beginner and Advanced

    Tango Bay is usually a calm dive. This steep slope provides an interesting dive for macro lovers.

    What you can see:

    • ghostpipe fishes,
    • shrimps,
    • porcelain crab
    • and more. Colourful parrotfish,
    • garden eel,
    • anemone fish
    • different kind of shells
    • occasional visit of a turtle
  • White Island - Black Forest

    White Island - Black Forest
      Type of site: Reef slope
      Average depth: 6-25m
      Dive certification: Advanced

    Approximately a kilometre away from Camiguin, White Island offers an enchanting black coral garden. An occasional current give the opportunity to see jacks, snappers, groupers, fusiliers and the fun of a drift dive.

    What you can see:

    • Schools of Moorish idol and
    • butterfly fish are abundant.
    • Hawksbill turtles,
    • ribbon and moray eels,
    • mantis shrimp,
    • scorpion fish,
    • cowry shells,
    • frogfish
  • Balbagon

    Balbagon
      Type of site: Slope
      Average depth: 5-20m
      Dive certification: Beginner and Advanced

    Sandy slope with a variety of different coral blocks.

    What you can see:

    • scorpion fish,
    • frog fish,
    • leaf fish,
    • ghost pipe fish,
    • box fish
    • Crabs,
    • shrimps
    • garden eels
  • Tupsan

    Tupsan
      Type of site: Steep slope and huge pinnacle
      Average depth: 5-20m
      Dive certification: Beginner and Advanced

    Slow Steep slope and huge pinnacle with usually really strong current. 

    What you can see:

    • velvet fish,
    • lion fish,
    • morays eels,
    • blue spotted stingray,
    • small and big groupers,
    • scorpions fish,
    • cowry shells
    • egg shells
  • Mantigue Island Nature Park

    Mantigue Island Nature Park
      Type of site: Wall
      Average depth: 3-40m
      Dive certification: Beginner and Advanced

    From sandy area to a drop-off bordered by hard corals. This is a protected sanctuary where the corals are in a pristine condition. Excellent site if you want to see a lot of fishes.

    What you can see:

    • large schools of Jacks,
    • mackerel,
    • snapper,
    • small barracudas,
    • rabbit fish, batfish,
    • sweetlips,
    • unicorn fish,
    • parrot fish,
    • giant clams,
    • Turtles
    • sometimes eagle and marble rays
    • blacktip reef sharks 
  • Catarman - Coral Garden

    Catarman - Coral Garden
      Type of site: Reef Slope
      Average depth: 6-20m
      Dive certification: Beginner to Advanced

    This dive site is situated within a sanctuary and has a nice coral garden with colourful softcorals & healthy hardcoral formations

    What you can see:

     

    • Barracuda,
    • frog fish,
    • scorpion,
    • stone fish,
    • puffer fish,
    • garden eels,
    • occasionally turtles
    • occasionallyMantas and whalesharks in season.
  • Catibac

    Catibac
      Type of site: Coral garden and canyons
      Average depth: 3-25m
      Dive certification: Beginner to Advanced

    Coral garden, big rocks forming canyons  sloping  away into the blue. Very colourful dive site edged by garden eels.

    What you can see:

    • Large collection of pipe fish hiding around the rocks,
    • batfish, sweetlips,
    • Moorish idols,
    • masses of small colourful fishes
    • occasionally schools of big mouth Mackerels
    • occasionally turtles
  • Sunken Cemetery

    Sunken Cemetery
      Type of site: Reef Slope
      Average depth: 5-25m
      Dive certification: Beginner to Advanced

    The cemetery grounds sank in 1871 when old volcano erupted. Now a giant white cross stands on the water as its reminder. This site is now a marine sanctuary and is growing abundantly.

    What you can see:

    • Triggerfish,
    • cuttle fish,
    • ribbon and moray eels,
    • blue-spotted stingray,
    • frogfish, and
    • some shy turtles.
  • Old Volcano

    Old Volcano
      Type of site: Steep Drop
      Average depth: 5-30m
      Dive certification: Beginner to Advanced

    It is a fairly steep drop full of corals and a huge variety of small, colourful fishes. It is formed with lava and boulders create overhangs and pinnacles covered with colourful hard and soft corals.

    What you can see:

    • giant clams,
    • oysters.
    • Sweetlips,
    • batfish,
    • small jacks,
    • snappers,
    • Octopus hidden in the rocks,
    • ghostpipe fish in soft coral,
    • different nudibranchs,
    • scorpion fish and other macro creatures.
  • Tangup Hot Spring

    Tangup Hot Spring
      Type of site: Sandy volcano slope with lava rocks
      Average depth: 5-30m
      Dive certification: Beginner to Advanced

    Hotspring can be experienced underwater in around 15meters, depending on the tides. 

    What you can see:

    • Green sea turtle,
    • batfish, surgeon fish,
    • different kinds of nudibranchs and shrimps,
    • orang-utan crab,
    • lion fish,
    • fusiliers.
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Dive Center

In addition, you can find 3 clean, convenient wash basins at different depths.

  • There is an airy and spacious, lockable dry room for the equipment.
  • Each diver has their own box and 2 robust hardwood hangers.
  • Outdoor fresh water showers are both at the bridge by the ocean and in the courtyard.
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The rental equipment is of a high standard and completely new. BCD's from Aqua Lung, Apeks Regulators , Suunto dive computers and aluminum tanks from 8 to 15 litre's are available for you. A brand new “Bauer Poseidon 280” compressor always ensures good, clean air.

 

SSI Diving Courses

Courses according to SSI standards from Try Scuba Diver up to Dive Guide are available.

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SSI Diving Center
 

Try Scuba Diving

The first step into the underwater world for everybody older than 10 years. No long theory, no certification – just a few practical in-water exercises in the beginning and off you go for a nice and enjoyable dive. The whole set up takes only 2 hours.

Scuba Diver

A course to do after the Try Scuba Dive. One more dive, some more exercises in shallow water, 3 modules theory and a SSI certification at the end which allows you to dive everywhere together with a dive instructor and a depth limit of max. 12 m (duration 2 days).

Open Water Diver

This is the complete beginner course which takes 3-4 days. It includes 4 dives, shallow water skills and theory. Afterwards you get the SSI Open Water diver certification that never expires and allows you to dive all over the world with other certified divers.

Free online training for OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE

SSI offers the possibility to sign up for the “Free Online Training for OPEN WATER DIVER Course”  (all languages available) where you can already study the theory part of the course before you actually go under water. Only the final exam has to be done at a dive center. In this way you can later enjoy the practical sessions of the course in the diving destination of your choice without the “stress of study” at the same time. For more information please see the webpage: www.divessi.com

Advanced Adventurer Diver

The course to gain more experience and knowledge after the beginner level. In 5 dives in different areas you learn more about deep diving, navigation, photography or even drift or night diving. The course takes 2-3 days.

Specialties

You need to collect specialties to become an Advanced Open Water Diver. We offer specialty dives for deep, navigation, photography, night, drift or boat diving.

Advanced Open Water Diver

After you collect 4 specialty courses and you have 24 logged dives you reach the level of the SSI Advanced Open Water Diver.

Stress & Rescue Diver / React Right

A challenging course that includes medic first aid lessons (React Right), water skills and theory. The course can be done in 3 days.

Dive Guide

The first professional level in the SSI system. You need minimum 21 days for completion.

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