Cabilao is a small island just off the north west corner of Bohol. The island has about 4,000 inhabitants and continues to be unaffected by tourism and maintains a slow pace of life with local industry being based on fishing and agriculture. It is a clean and very peaceful island (there are no cars here) and attracts divers and those wishing to get away from the busy city life. Like other small islands the electricity supply can be intermittent.
As well as diving you should take the chance to rent mountain bikes or go horse riding and explore Cabilao.
To reach Cabilao you first take the fast ferry from Cebu to Tagbilaran on Bohol. From there it is short road journey to Sandingan and there you will move on by boat to Cabilao.
All our accommodation packages include complete round trip transfers from Cebu to Cabilao
Cabilao Beach Club is a small resort just a few minutes by boat from the Dive Centre. Accommodation is based in recently built (2004) attractive bungalows that have tiled bathrooms with shower, electric fans and terraces with ocean views.
Restaurant and Bar
The restaurant at the top of the main resort building has great views across the ocean. On the menu are Filipino and international foods with emphasis placed on local produce, seafood and daily specials being particularly popular with guests. Shakes and juices are from locally grown fruits.
The Dive Centre
The Sea Explorers PADI dive centre is based close to the Lighthouse and teaches a full range of courses. There is well maintained rental equipment and Sea Explorers use several boats for their journeys to the dive sites.
The diving in this area is excellent and attracts people from all round the world. The corals are in excellent condition and most of the dives sites are very close to the centre. One of the best known dives is Shark View Point. This is a plateau at 30m where you may well see black and whit tipped reef sharks and schools of jacks and barracuda. By contrast, the bottom here is home to macro life such as seahorses and nudibranch.
Adjacent to Shark View Point is Lighthouse a 20m deep slope which is a great site for underwater photographers; everything from scorpion and stonefish, leaf fish and ghost pipefish, and sea snakes and shrimps are regularly seen here.
Fallen Tree and Talisay Tree are two drift dives which often bring quite strong currents along the wall that starts at 18m can be seen turtles, sharks and a school of barracuda.
The house reef has many different kinds of corals and marine species and is perfect for novices and gentle afternoon dives.
Packages last updated: 22nd July 2008, 1:00pm (Manila time)
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