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Scuba Diving in Panglao Island, Bohol, the Philippines
Dive Site: Arco Point
Location: 09°33.486N; 123°48.578E (Libaong, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines)
Description: Steep slope and wall dive
Depth: 4 - 27 metres (13 - 89 feet). Most interesting at 10 - 15m (30 - 50'), not so interesting below 30m (100')
Visibility: 10 - 25 metres (30 - 80 feet)
The bearing from BelleviewRock Resort is 072°. Easy dive suitable for PADI Advanced Divers or higher.
Start the dive with the wall on the right shoulder, going southwest. After circa 30 minutes of diving the steep slope, ascend to 10m. At the beginning of the dive is a hole in the wall. Enter the cave in small groups from the wall side. The drift is always going in a southerly direction, it can be strong sometimes.
The cave is teeming with cardinal fish and sergeant majors (Abudefduf vaigiensis) waiting to be fed. Inside the cave on the east are white-eyed moray eels (Siderea thyrsoidea), and two black-finned snake eels (Ophichthus melanochir). Well hidden around the top entrance at 8m, are sometimes the raggy scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis venosa). Along the wall are groupers, wrasse and butterflyfishes. At the end of the dive when the slope starts look in the shallows for angelfish or frogfish, between 5 and 10m.
Perfect for snorkelling.
The marine life that I could see at Arco Point seem very unique compared to some of the other dive sites that I have heard about. Your photos are wonderful and do a great job of showing these magnificent creatures.
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