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A tropical haven of natural beauty, Bohol is known for its pristine sandy beaches and great dive sites, which are predominantly colourful coral gardens and steep coral adorned walls.

Relax and dive in the marine protected area around Cabilao, a small island to the west of Bohol, or Alona Beach on Panglao with access to Balicasag Island, one of the most famous dive sites in Asia. There are a few small wrecks, the most famous of which are the two jeepneys at BBC dive site off Panglao. Home to healthy soft corals and fish, they lie in fairly shallow water and were purposely scuttled. Expect an abundance of marine life, healthy colourful corals and plenty of critters.

On the eastern side of Bohol divers head to Anda, an area more off the beaten track, less crowded and a perfect place to get away form the world and enjoy the amazing biodiversity of the local reef life. Here you'll find local conservation projects such as a coral nursery and study of black corals have been implemented, with more to come in the future.

Expect to see plenty of frogfish, ghost pipefish and plenty of other critters, sea snakes, black corals, turtles, barracuda and eagle rays.

Bohol’s main topside attraction, apart from its world-famous Chocolate Hills (1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills), is its population of tarsiers, the big-eyed insect-eating primate regarded to be the oldest mammal living today.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, western clownfish, banded sea krait, giant frogfish, barracuda

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Island Hopping Dive Safari

Choose from five exceptional diving locations in the Visayas region of the Philippines. Enjoy stress free diving adventures as you island hop between them, exploring everything from macro life to pelagics.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Visayas Liveaboard

These liveaboard trips operate throughout the year to the Visayas, one of the best diving locations in the Philippines. Highlights include outstanding macro life in Dauin and Malapascua's thresher sharks.

  • When to go: Jun-Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,575 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Dive Into Luxury Philippines

Experience world-class diving at a beautifully calm pace with this superb trip idea, which combines two of the Philippines’ hidden gems for a diving holiday brimming with indulgence and laid back luxury.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec, Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,525 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Magic Dive Experience

Diving in the Philippines doesn’t get much better than this. Experience the magical combination of two dedicated dive resorts located in the Visayas region, famous for its stunning dive sites.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Magic Photo Experience

Calling all photographers - this is your next adventure! Explore the warm clear waters of Anda in search of marine life, from pygmy seahorses to whale sharks, with photographers Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown.

  • When to go: May
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,695 pp
  • Trip type: Group trip
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Magic Oceans Resort

Magic Oceans is a small dive resort in the relatively unexplored area of Anda on Bohol Island. Set amongst tropical gardens, it comprises 16 spacious detached bungalows with panoramic views.

Alona Vida Beach Resort

Located directly on the tropical white sandy palm-fringed beach of Panglao Island, Alona Vida Beach Resort is home to a welcoming community and offers some nearby world-class dive sites such as Balicasag.

Amun Ini

Located in Anda, on the eastern coast of Bohol, this resort is a hidden paradise offering breathtaking sea views, a private beach and 15 kilometres of coral reef for divers and snorkellers to explore.

Pura Vida Cabilao

Located on the tiny island of Cabilao, this small beachfront resort offers a relaxing getaway and some excellent local diving in the marine protected areas of the Philippines' Visayas region.