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Sea urchin at North Rock, Philippines dive site - Courtesy of Rik Vercoe

Tubeworm at North Rock, Philippines dive site - Courtesy of Rik Vercoe

Catfish at North Rock, Philippines dive site - Courtesy of Rik Vercoe

Scuba Diving in Malapascua Island, Cebu, the Philippines

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Dive Site: North Rock

Location: Malapascua Island, Cebu

Description: Reef

Depth: 8 - 24 metres (26 - 79 feet)

Visibility: 15 metres (50 feet)

Rating: ***

North Rock is located around 20 minutes boat ride from Bounty Beach and is very close to its sister dive site, North Point. The boats moor near the top of an underwater bank which rises up to around the 12 metre mark. As you descend to the deeper part of North Rock the wall drops down vertically from around 14 metres to 24 metres where there is a flattish sandy seabed. Following this small wall for the first part of your dive you'll see tube worms, anemones and twin-band clownfish. There are small crevices in the reef wall which house glassfish and cardinal fish. The sand plateau is a perfect spot for sand rays. Cruising back up over the wall and into the shallows there are coral heads and colourful soft corals. The current can be strong here so a separate boat drop off and pick up might be a good idea, plus the use of an SMB.

Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor



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