Dive Sites: Manila Channel

6m/20ft to 18m/59ft

The dive starts in shallow water (about 5m/17ft) on a beautiful reef, alive with hard and soft corals, hundreds of small tropical fish like anthias, damsels, butterflyfish and many more. The reef slopes off to a sandy bottom and as you follow the contours of the reef on a flood tide, clear water from the Verde Passage helps you drift into the channel. Here the reef drops off to around 18m/59ft past a small wall covered with sea fans and whip corals. At the end of this wall the reef slopes back up to shallow water, where basket sponges, sea fans and green tree corals predominate. This site is best for diving during flood and high tide.

Basslets (Pseudanthias dispar) - Photo courtesy: Pacific Divers