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Scuba Diving in Panglao Island, Bohol, the Philippines
Dive Site: Cervera Shoal / Snake Island
Location: 09°29.3710N; 123°50.756E (Libaong, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines)
Description: Shoal dive
Depth: 9 - 30 metres (30 - 100 feet). Most interesting at 10 - 15m (30 - 50'), not so interesting below 20m (65')
Visibility: 15 - 25 metres (50 - 80 feet)
There are no landmarks for this reef which is a GPS target dive. The bearing from BelleviewRock Resort is 130° or from Pamilacan 270°. Suitable for PADI Advanced Divers or higher. The current is moderate at 1 - 3 knots but be careful as it can quickly change.
Start the dive with the slope on the right shoulder. Often a strong drift dive. Monitor your NDL, average depth is deeper than normal. The top of the underwater shoal is at 8m meaning you have to make a safety stop in free water. Make use of a marker buoy to drift at 5m for 3min for your safety stop. There used to be some dynamite fishing here, the reef is however slowly recovering. Often this dive site is the second dive in combination with Pamilacan Island.
There are many black and white banded sea snakes (luticauda colubrina), morays such as white-eyed (siderea thysoidea) and starry morays (echidna nebolosa), nudibranchs and small reef fish. Some corals and bucket sponges. The top is teeming with sea urchins, be careful with your buoyancy.
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