Davao is a genuine year-round diving destination, something that is not lost on local dive entrepreneurs, who visit sites around nearby Samal Island. As luck would have it, two Japanese ships lie in 40m (130ft) in the Malipanao anchorage of the Pearl Farm Resort – a bit deep for normal recreational diving but a good drawing card nontheless.
|LIGID CAVES||You can find the Ligid Caves by swimming over the leather-coral encrusted reef, past where the wall drops sharply from 16m, then descending a few meters farther until you reach the two cave systems.|
|PINNACLE POINT||Expect more currents here, try to get in the water at high tide for the least current and best visibility.|
|PINDAWON WALL||Pindawon is one of the better walls in the area, with some impressive over hangs and good hard-coral cover.|
|MUSHROOM ROCK||This dive site’s namesake rock has been eroded by milennia of unceasing aquatic friction.|
|MARISSA 1, 2 & 3||Marissa is a good training area and not a bad night dive either. Snorkelers may also enjoy this sit. Named after the daughter (a keen diver) of the Pearl Farm Resort’s.|
|MALIPANO JAPANESE WRECKS||This dive site is recommended only for those with suitable deep-dive training. The lack of currents here has prevented much coral from growing on the hulls of these two Japanese ships, which both went down in WWII.|
|LINOSUTAN CORAL GARDENS||A good snorkeling and photography site, this 4km-long stretch of reef offers the best diving near Davao City. Its most attractive features are above 20m, but the reef slopes (gently in some places and more steeply in others) down to the sandy bottom at 43m, with less cover and more sand the deeper you go.|
|ANGELS COVE||Angels Cove is a popular snorkeling and diving site located at the southwest side of Talikud Island. Its gentle and calm waters, almost angelic in nature, generally characterize this attractive dive site in Davao. Thus, it derives its name—”Angels Cove” or a “haven for angels”. The site is categorized as an easy dive, with visibility within a depth of 20 meters where soft and hard corals abound, and is ideal for novices, and a suitable training ground for beginners.|
|TALIKUD ISLAND||Talikud Island is a small island situated off the south-west coast of the larger Samal Island. It has a number of popular dive sites: Mansud Wall to the north which drops off to a depth of 45 meters, and has a good variety of corals that support numerous schools of tropical fish. Close by, are Talisay Wall, and Dapia Reef. Packs of barracudas, tunas and jacks are regular sights in the area.|
|MANSUD WALL||The site has a rocky surface with rich coral formations, and a sandy seabed at the depth of about 60 feet. Truncates hanging on the wall, parrot fish of various sizes, and tropical fish abound within the depth of 30 feet. Mansud Wall is suitable for night diving, and is recommended for snorkelers and experienced divers.|
|DAPIA REEF||Dapia Reef is a popular diving destination in Davao. It is situated along the coast of Talikud Island, where its pristine waters serve as a sanctuary to various tropical marine life such as morays eels, ox-eye scud, tube worms, sea stars, gorgons, barrel sponges, barracudas, fusiliers, hawks bill, turtles, sea urchins, sea horses, jack fish and tunas. Hard and soft coral formations cover the reefs. The site is relatively deeper than the other sites, and has sloping terrains with ridges.|
|BABU SANTA MINWALL||Its water current is gentle most of the time particularly in the surrounding areas of Minwall, or Mansud Wall, and is perfect for snorkelers or advanced divers.|
|ISLA RETA||Isla Reta is located at the west coast of Talikud Island, and is inhabited by a good variety of fusiliers, sea horse, morays and sea urchins, garden eels, wrasse and parrotfish, among many others.|
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