Many people are intrigued by what lurks below the surface of the ocean. From beautiful coral reefs, to wonderful marine ecosystems, to underwater caverns, to mysterious forgotten shipwrecks — there is plenty out there waiting to be explored!
This is why snorkeling and scuba diving are such popular watersports. Folks of any swimming ability can enjoy either activity, as long as they’re comfortable in the water and are aware of their abilities (locations with strong currents and deep dives are best suited for experienced divers).
If you’re in the process of planning your next scuba diving trip and are looking to explore the waters around Cebu, keep the following tips in mind.
Know your budget
Diving abroad is an amazing experience; you get to experience new waters and explore a new culture. However, any time you’re planning a trip abroad, you need to consider your budget.
You have to factor in flights, accommodations, diving equipment rental, transportation fees, and food. And if you’ve never been to Cebu before, you’ll also want to factor in additional funds for sightseeing. While you could spend the entire time scuba diving, you also don’t want to miss out on the cultural experiences of visiting a local museum or trying local cuisine.
Knowing your budget in advance can help you determine where to stay and how much money to have available for those cultural experiences. Booking flights and hotels in advance can help.
Planning for adventure
Knowing what sort of underwater adventures you want to experience can help you figure out where to stay. Cebu has it all; coral reefs, a variety of marine life, and wreck locations.
One of Cebu’s most famous diving locations is Monad Shoal, where divers can experience the thrill of swimming with Thresher sharks. These harmless sharks are shy and non-aggressive. Depending on the time of the year, it is also possible to spot various species of rays at Monad Shoal.
Those who are interested in wreck diving will want to check out the San Juan Ferry wreck. This is a challenging dive that is perfect for advanced divers. The ferry remains in relatively good condition and is surrounded by marine life.
Choose your location carefully
Knowing what you want to experience while diving can help you narrow down your location. There are several resorts located throughout Cebu that will provide transportation to diving locations.
Those that are hoping to dive at Monad Shoal should plan to stay at Malapascua Island. This island is off the coast of Cebu and provides easy access to Monad Shoal. Several of Cebu’s other islands also make for great diving locations. Pescador Island is ideal for divers that are interested in seeing reef fish and exploring underwater tunnels.
Once you have an idea of where you want to stay, start looking at what else the area has to offer. Depending on your budget, you might want to consider visiting several of Cebu’s islands.
Consider the season
While the waters around Cebu stay warm all year long, you still need to consider the season before booking a trip. Going during the wrong season could ruin your trip.
Many divers prefer going between November and May, which is the dry season. You’re likely to experience beautiful weather and calm waters. One of the worst times for divers to visit is during July and August, which is when tropical storm activity is high and typhoons are likely to develop.
While Thresher sharks can be spotted all year long, some marine life can only be spotted in specific seasons. For example, those who are hoping to see hammerhead sharks should head to Kimud Shoal during March or April.
Make travel plans in advance
Finally, always make travel plans in advance. This goes beyond just booking flights. When traveling abroad, you need to think about how you’re going to get around once you reach your destination.
When visiting Cebu, you have to think about how you’re going to get around to those various islands. Scheduling boats through a diving company guarantees you transportation to various sites.
You’ll also want to consider if Cebu is the only location you want to visit. Many divers that go abroad end up visiting several locations in one trip. If done correctly, this can help save you money. One location many divers hit up after Cebu is Bali, which is approximately an eight-hour flight. Diving in Bali is a unique experience — for more information visit Watersports Magazine.
All of the tips mentioned here can be applied to other diving locations as well. Any time you’re planning a diving trip abroad, make sure to plan, plan plan!
Consider why you want to visit that location and research what each dive site has to offer. This can help you make your trip go as smoothly as possible.
Disclaimer: This particular content is contributed by Miss Lori of Watersports Magazine.