Snorkeling & Diving in Metro Cebu

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Dive Funatics: Exploring Mactan’s Underwater World

Want to do a fun dive in Mactan? Or get your PADI certification?  Dive Funatics offers Fundives, PADI Courses up to Dive Master Level, a range of specialty courses and “Discover Scuba Diving” programs for non-certified divers. It is conveniently situated very close to Kontiki, one of Mactan’s best diving spots.

Kontiki is suitable for dive training as it has sandy shallow water, gentle slope, and a wall that can drop gradually to depths beyond the recreational limit of 40 meters.

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iLuvCebu Team with Dive Funatics Dive Masters getting ready

The marine life in Kontiki is very diverse. Variety of nudibranchs are common, you have variety of shrimps, squid, cuttlefish, rabbit fish (danggit), parrot fish (mol-mol), squirrel fish, razor fish, pipe fish, anemone fish (clown fish aka nemo), sardines to name a few. It has a variety of soft, sponges, and hard corals too. The most distinct object is the wreck of the remains of a digger attachment of a crane which is now covered in healthy corals and host to various species.. Kontiki is among the best dive sites in Mactan for night diving where the area is host to a different types of crabs, shrimps, snails, sea slugs, and octopuses. Recently, there had been a few recorded sightings of a juvenile mola-mola in the area.

This is my second time to learn the basics of diving, but my first to do the open water dive. For my brothers, Edd and Reymond, and Charlene, this was their maiden dive. The “Discover Scuba Diving Course” is fairly easy, which takes about 2.5 hours, from the preparation to learning the basic skills, and the actual dive itself. Thanks to the friendly Dive Funatics dive instructors for making the adventure a breeze. Truly an amazing experience. Seeing the beauty of the world under water made me appreciate its beauty and somehow made me more sensitive about marine pollution issues, and inspired me to get involved in protecting it through joining marine conservation efforts.

And before summer ends, grab the opportunity to learn the diving basics with Dive Funatics at a bargain price. Do the discovery dive with 3 of your friends and use the special iLuvCebu discount rate when booking with Dive Funatics. Be sure to mention during the initial reservation that you are using the special iLuvCebu discount rate. The code is valid until the end of May 2017.

You may contact them through email via info@divefunatics.com or by calling them via +639478936560. Like ’em on Facebook too. ^_^

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Anchor wrapped in corals

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Fish feeding

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Open water dive

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Corals

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Fish Feeding

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Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary, Mactan Cebu

Right after the first leg of our iLearners Brighter Future Project 2013 in Caohagan Elementary School, we decided to go snorkeling at a nearby marine sanctuary in Hilutungan.

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary is a snorkeling heaven, home to well protected corals and fishes.

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

When snorkeling and diving in Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary, one can hire a boat to reach the sanctuary. A fee of 100php per person (swimming or not) will be collected upon arriving at the sanctuary. Wearing a life jacket is compulsory when snorkeling here. Divers are charged 300php each.

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

 

Going under the water, you would notice lots of fishes swimming around. And the trick for them to swim close to you is, bread! 🙂  Just put a slice of bread on a tight grip  and as the bread starts to melt in the water, fishes would be swimming around you. 🙂

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

 

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

 

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

 

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

 

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

 

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

 

And the highlight of this snorkeling trip is when we saw this big fish swimming around us. Have you spotted it? it’s at the lower left side of the picture below. 🙂

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary

 

You might also be interested in visiting San Vicente Marine Sanctuary.

 

 

 

San Vicente Marine Sanctuary, Olango Mactan Cebu

Olango Island boasts of  920-hectare sanctuary of migratory birds wildlife sanctuary supporting the largest concentration of migratory birds seen so far in the Philippines and Marine Sanctuary  which is home to many tropical fishes and corals.

San Vicente Olango Mactan

San Vicente Olango Mactan

 

Located in the southernmost part of Olango is San Vicente, where you can enjoy swimming, feeding and observing marine life in their natural habitat. Snorkeling around the marine sanctuary, we spotted  some moorish idol, banner fish, clownfish, damsel fish, angel fish, giant clams or takubo and many more.

San Vicente Olango Marine Sanctuary  Mactan

San Vicente Olango Marine Sanctuary Mactan

 

San Vicente Olango Marine Sanctuary  Mactan

San Vicente Olango Marine Sanctuary Mactan

San Vicente Olango Marine Sanctuary  Mactan

Giant Clams or Takubo in San Vicente Olango Marine Sanctuary Mactan

San Vicente Olango Marine Sanctuary  Mactan

San Vicente Olango Marine Sanctuary Mactan

San Vicente Olango Marine Sanctuary  Mactan

San Vicente Olango Marine Sanctuary Mactan

San Vicente Olango Marine Sanctuary  Mactan

San Vicente Olango Marine Sanctuary Mactan

 

How to get to San Vicente Marine Sanctuary? You can hire a boat for island hopping in Mactan. Boat rental depends on your itinerary. One popular island hopping itinerary is Pandanon Island Bohol and San Vicente Olango Marine Sanctuary. Boat rental with that itinerary would cost around 4,000php (boat can accomodate up to 30 people). Boat rental does not include entrance fees to Pandanon Island (Fee: 150php per person) and San Vicente Marine Sanctuary Environmental Fee (5ophp).

 

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