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La Union Dive Sites


 La Union is an excellent year-round dive destination and a great place to learn diving, as it’s well north of the typhoon belt, and the waters of the Lingayen Gulf are well protected from prevailing winds throughout most of the year. Unfortunately, years of blast fishing have seriously damaged many of the reef structures around La Union, and the practice continues unabated. Visibility can easily exceed 50m (160ft) in the peak season (between March and June).

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FAGG REEF Fagg is actually part of the shelf that delineates the gulf from the South China Sea which has become coral encrusted. The Domes is one of the more enduring dive sites, though the reef covers a large area , and here one may find a huge variety of marine life from Wrasse to Whale Sharks.
RED & BLACK BUOY Walls from 20 to 120 feet with caves and canyons, shoals of tuna and other deep water fish, white tips, garoupa and plentiful visibility in season make this a favourite of enthusiasts.
VOA/LIGHTHOUSE/DOMES REEF Named after the Voice of America relay station whose huge antennas tower over it, V.O.A. reef is much visited by snorkelers and SCUBA divers. The white coral sand bottom offers better visibility than many other sites, and it is the first reef to settle after the storm
RESEARCH REEF The most frequently visited sites on Research is the CAVES, a short Banca ride from either dive shop. The Caves are situated mainly on the western face of the reef, and the depth ranges from 15 to 80 feet, an average of 45 feet being normal.
TAMAYO REEF The west wall of the northern end of the reef is visited most often by divers, though most of the reef offers good diving.
ROBERT’S REEF Robert’s Reef (named after Paul Roberts who pioneered diving on this particular reef), is a shallow and easily accessible coral reef running from 0 to 40 feet.
14 MILE REEF 14 mile reef lies 14 mile from somewhere, actually both Bolinao harbor on the South China Sea side of the gulf and San Fernando harbor on the east side.
HASHI MARU A Japanese freighter wreck sunk during WWII. The wreck is now in several pieces because of many salvage attempts. Inside it, you can still find interiors, gas masks and ammunitions. It is dangerous to touch the ammunitions since it can still explode.

 

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