MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, Nov 20 (PIA) – This small beautiful volcanic island in the northern tip of Mindanao also boasts of one of the country’s best dive sites.

From a field of table corals in shallow waters, colorful variety of hard and soft corals to a huge forest of black corals, the area is now fast becoming a magnet to both novice and professional divers.

These dive sites are just lying near the tourist beaches and guarantee a completely unique environment.

In each dip, divers will enjoy the awesome sight of rich marine life teeming with barracuda, mandarin, and frog fishes, including manta rays and whale sharks at certain times of the year.

Most visited dive sites on the island include the three spots in White Island called the black forest, the marine sanctuary and the white island wall ledges that extend 60 meters down with overhangs and cavelets.

The Burias Shoal, favorite of the high adventure-seeking divers, serves as good hiding place for black snappers and long-nosed emperors, where shoals of tuna and schools of jacks also swirl around. It has coral bommies that are covered with orange antnias and soft corals.

The Kantaan dive spot, on the other hand, suits divers who love high-speed drift. Fields of acropora and lettuce corals beautifies its seascape with some added treat along its Giant Clams Ocean Nursery.

The slope and walls of Jigdup reef are home to the maroon and leather dendronephtya corals. Its walls have huge patches of anemones.
The islet of Mantique is likewise recommended for novice divers who will surely love the snappers, cardinal fish, drummers, sweetlips and myriads of clown fishes lying within their host anemones.

It also has this sandy slope area dubbed as the Mantigue Whip, home to a number stingrays and other fish species living within its whip corals.
The Cabuan point, meanwhile, is said to be the microcosm of all dive sites on the island. And the list goes on to include other interesting and unique peeks like the hardened lava turned reef and the now below sea level burial site marked with a giant white cross on the surface.

To date, a number of dive shops and centers are now beginning to flourish in the area offering diving lessons to interested clients.

The local government likewise has been actively instituting measures for the restoration, protection and preservation of its coastal and marine resources.

The Camiguin Coastal Resource Management Project’s (CRMP) second phase also opened this year to continue building the gains established in the first stage, which includes a more focused approach on conservation-based economic development opportunities, and improving institutional arrangement for the management of coastal resources. (PIA10)


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