Sinandigan Wall (Depth: 15-85 ft)
Nudibranch heaven! Sinandigan Wall is a rocky slope with by two walls, ongoing down to 85ft. Hundreds of nudibranchs flourish on the walls. On the same dive, you’ll encounter harlequin sweetlips, an occasional leaf fish, warty frog fish, crocodile fish and almost every anemone fish. Once you leave the walls and go shallow, you will find an impressive variety of hard coral and mushrooms coral all the way into shallow water.
Coral Cove (Depth: 15-25 m)
Coral Cove is a wonderful dive site for macro lovers. A sloping reef ends in a small wall at. On the slope, you will find countless nudibranchs, whip coral, sea fans, puffer fish and often cuttle fish. The wall, and its overhangs, is home to some unusual critters – blue and black ribbon eels, juvenile emperor fish, pipefish, and orangutan crabs hiding in bubble coral, flamboyant cuttlefish and frog fish. Banded sea snake is common here, as are blue spotted sting. You might find thorny sea horses hiding in the rubble.
Monkey Beach (Depth: 15-55 ft)
A coral slope down to 55ft makes this an easy dive, except when currents are running – you can pick up quite a lot of speed here. In the middle of the bay you will find a wreck at 50ft, tilted to the side. Many frogfish make this area their home. The mantis shrimp, they are very common here.
Boulders (Depth: 15-85 ft)
At the surface you face a vertical stone wall and a few large boulders breaking the surface. As you descend underwater, down the slope, the site is covered with different shaped and sized boulders that look like they have rolled from the cliff and have come to rest on the slope, creating swim-throughs and caves and lots of hiding places for marine life. This unusual dive site doesn’t sport the lush vegetation and colorful corals of other dive sites. However, the dramatic rock formations, black coral formations, schools of snappers hovering over the reef, lots of nudibranchs and often ribbon eel and cuttlefish provide plenty to see and photograph.
Dungon Wall (Depth: 15-85 ft)
From a beautiful hard and soft coral slope, you’ll find yourself on a pretty wall starting at 35 feet and continuing down to 70 feet. The wall has plenty of cracks and crevices with lionfish, scorpionfish and porcupine fish hiding in them. The wall is also famous for its assortment of nudibranchs and flatworms. This is a great site for moray eels: white eyed, clouded. If you see a black crinoids looking bulkier than normal it’s probably a frogfish. When you go deeper you will encounter the wreck of an old sailing catamaran. Inside the hulls are ringed pipefish, lionfish, puffer fish and many species of juveniles. On your safety stop in the shallows, you will find big carpet anemones inhabited by porcelain crabs as well as anemone fish.
Verde Island Drop Off (Depth: 15-190 ft)
Verde Island is an underwater mountain piercing the surface and then dropping down to great depths. The drop off at Verde Island is a huge and spectacular dive with breathtaking views and marine life.
You drop into shallow water next to the wall and follow it down towards 90ft. The slope is covered with fan coral, sponges and schools of thousands of juvenile triggerfish, butterfly fish and antheas. The reef is covered with gorgonian fans, banded sea snakes, scorpionfish and the schools of small reef fish, making it difficult to actually see the surface.
The reef has fat nudibranchs crawling everywhere. Sponges are everywhere and they are the preferred food for nudibranchs.
Most of the time the current makes it impossible to get around to the other side of the drop. The other side has amazing soft coral fields with schools of sweetlips, longfin bannerfish and sergeant majors. At the safety stop you will be in awe of the lively and colorful reef at 15ft. Most of the time there are barracudas patrolling just beneath the surface.
This is a gorgeous dive site but not for the inexperienced. The current can be very tricky and blow you off the wall, and down currents are common – as are up currents which will propel you to the surface. Stay behind your guide at all times.
The back side of Verde is a large bowl with sheltered diving. It is loaded with fish which causes the pelagic predators (i.e. Jacks) to come in for snacks.