Dive Boracay Trip Report with Lapu Lapu Diving Center

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Divng Boracay is surprisingly good, explore a plane wreck, a ship wreck, lush coral, tiny marine wildlife and sharks

Boracay Island recently went through a six month reprieve and since the last time I've been, it has undergone many many changes. While other travel blogs or travel sites will have a more comprehensive tale of whats happening recently topside, I'm sharing first hand my Boracay experience from an underwater perspective.

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The Camia shipwreck rests within 27 meters, great for photography since visibility is much better than Coron and Subic while wreck enthusiasts will enjoy penetrating Camia for its moderately challenging swim throughs

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Stern of the Camia wreck, it's one sexy good sized wreck


Diving in Boracay is always foreshadowed by the powder white sand and parties happening daily on the island, but serious divers will find diving Boracay quite interesting and booking a three day/two dives a day diving sortie is just about right to explore fully pristine wrecks, lush coral, tiny marine wildlife and sharks if you love diving deep.

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Diving Yapak will treat you to unparalleled coral fauna, it's as colorful as f#ck

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Yes, you will find sharks in Yapak, and they are huge, see them at the "crack" area, your dive masters and instructors from Lapu Lapu diving center know how to find them


Suggested Itinerary:

To enjoy Diving Boracay, one must be prepared to go down deep. The Camia Ship wreck and Tri Bird Plane wreck are both resting at a depth of 27 meters, so trips there are best done in separate days so you have more bottom time to explore them fully. 

Yapak is a must do as well and the shallowest portion of the dive is at 36 meters but the beauty of Yapak reef is best experienced at the 40 meter mark where you get a vantage point of it's immense walls and colorful overhangs teeming with coral. You're 'in between' dives can be done at the Diniwid dive site where you get to see turtles and the house reef in the shadows yields prolific macro life.

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Diniwid is a great dive site to see Sea Turtles, they can be seen in the shallows to about 45 feet and are quite friendly, great for photo opps


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A stones throw away from the clubs and restos in Station 2 are actually a haven for underwater macro photographers. Enjoy two hour shore dives at 3-6 meters of sand and patches of grass and discover cool 

There is something for every diver in Boracay
Getting a dive certification in Boracay is actually a great idea as the powder fine shallow front and clear waters instills confidence to students getting their courses and as you improve, current dives in Yapak and swim throughs to both Camia Ship Wreck and the Tri-Bird plane wreck will get you more than prepared to dive any dive site the world has to offer. 

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Stanley, owner of Lapu Lapu diving center lends a helping hand to his newly certified guests
Customary trip video


In Summary

Diving Boracay is pleasantly surprising. It has fish schools and Sharks at Yapak, turtle encounters are close to guaranteed and see lots of macro wildlife in the shallows. Beyond awesome seascapes and wildlife, get to explore two cool wrecks just a stones throw away from party island central. As shared, with the deep dives you must do to experience the best of Boracay fully, skip the partying and devote more days for diving.  

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Shoaling action at the heart of Yapak
Getting to Lapu Lapu Diving Center Boracay

From Manila, you have two options

Option A.
1. Get a bus from Manila which will take you to Batangas Port (Jam Transit in Cubao leaves every hour 24 hours daily, its a three to four hour bus ride)
2. Take a 2go ferry from Batangas Port  to Boracay (one way costs P1,000+/- regular fare, P1,800+/- cabin for 4, P3k +/- for suite) which is a short 8-12 hour trip, pending stopovers and
3. arriving at Caticlan port, it takes a short walk to the pump boats and a short 30 minute ride will get you to Boracay Island (search google for a more precise itinerary, loads of information on how to get to Boracay is available)
4. Another trike ride will get you to Lapu Lapu diving center, its right beisde D' Mall Station 2 and you can't miss it.

Option B. Take a flight via PAL or Cebu Pacific to Kalibo, another short van ride and get into a pump boat and find yourself in Boracay. 

I suggest just leaving your gear and availing of the rentals of Lapu lapu diving center, ain't cool lugging around heavy gear while doing multiple transfers but if you exhibit 'sepanx' syndrome with personal gear, expect extra effort dragging them during transitions, but need not worry, porters abound.


Want to be a certified Scuba Diver with us while in Manila, learn more here. It's a one time payment for a lifetime of recreational diving adventures at sea


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