Cebu Island is undoubtedly one of the best diving spots in the Philippines. Cebu has a wealth of colorful corals and numerous kinds of fish as well as a great opportunity to go whale shark watching. The whale shark watching season lasts throughout the year and is best spotted in the south eastern area of Cebu. The most famous site for whale sharks is at Tanawan in Oslob, which is around 80 miles away from Maribago in Mactan. It takes around three and a half hours to get there by car and Oslob saw a school of more than 20 whale sharks back in 2012.
There is also a huge marine sanctuary in Cebu where divers and tourists can actually feed the fish; you'll find these sanctuaries around the Hilutungan, Nalusuan & Talima Islands, and many of the reefs and corals here are unspoiled and teeming with marine life. Scuba diving is ideal around these islands as the water depth is usually around 8 to 15 metres, but some areas are as much as 13 metres, so diving around here is ideal as the water is so clear throughout.
Snorkeling in shallower waters is possible around the white sandy beaches of the Bohol Islands, where depths are usually as shallow as a metre or two. But the attractive element of diving in Cebu has to be the warm water conditions. Throughout the year the water temperature hovers around a balmy 28c (82F) and can often reach as high as 31c (88F). Which is what attracts sp many tropical fish to breed in this environment with colors and varieties of the fish being numerous.
Many of the diving resorts are quite distant so most divers tend to stick to the southern area of Cebu Island such as Mactan Island. Cebu City is the centre for scuba diving travelers and there are more than enough marine sanctuaries to explore here. If you base yourself at Mactan you can go on a number of diving tours by boat from the harbor. Apo Island, for example is a top destination for divers who flock here from all over the world. It is well known for its reputation as a five star diving spot and getting here involves a day long ferry trip followed by a charter boat where you can experience two fascinating dives – a perfect day out.