Best place to stay in Bohol
Bohol is now becoming increasingly famous in the scuba diving community. Indeed, the diving there is really interesting and varied. This destination is great for many things like the Coral, the numerous Pelagic fishes and Reef Sharks you can encounter as well as for superb wall dives.
If you are lucky, you can even observe schooling Hammerheads Sharks!
Most of the dive sites are located within a short boat distance of Bohol on the nearby Islands. The main and best spots are:
As it is located about 2 hours away from Bohol, This is a full day trip. This place is really great for wall diving with great chances to spot many pelagic fishes like Barracudas, Dogtooth Tunas and Giant Trevallies! You can also stay on the island in basic accommodation, perfect to plan a few night dives for great underwater macro pictures opportunities ;-).
From December to June, you may have the chance to see schools of hundreds of Hammerheads Sharks! The best time to spot them is just after sunrise or just before sunset.
Balicasag is a really beautiful small Island now declared as a Marine Sanctuary. It features superb Coral, healthy Reefs with a teeming reef life. There is also a resort on the island if you want to stay on it. It is also a very good snorkelling spot!
Panglao Island (Alona Beach)
It is a great place for critters and underwater macro photography. You can see there Ghost pipefishes and the weird looking Frogfish.
You can also explore this underwater world on a Liveaboard trip that generally combines several islands. I usually use this website to book in advance my Liveaboards in the Philippines as they usually have the lowest rates I find. I like it because they have an easy booking system.
In this page you will find more detailed information about scuba diving in Bohol Island.
Best Dive Review
Water Temperature: 27°C on average. Ranging between 25°C and 30°C.
Currents: Very gentle in most of the local dive sites making it ideal for training. It can be very strong in the channels between the Islands.
Visibility: Average around 10m to 20m. The visibility can go up to 30m on offshore dive sites.
Where to stay?
I usually use this website to book in advance my hotels in Bohol Island as they usually have the lowest rates I find. I like it because it's free to cancel and change the dates.
Best time to dive in Bohol Island
You can dive around Bohol all year round. The visibility is usually reduced during the rainy season that runs from July to September. There are usually short heavy rains but these don’t prevent any diving.