At Sampaguita the first and second boat dive are scheduled right after breakfast. You can do one or two morning dives, and you'll return to the resort before lunchtime. Then enjoy some time to relax. The third dive is in the early afternoon and a fourth "night wall dive" is offered right after sunset (around 6:30 p.m.). To fall prey to this is an unavoidable temptation! As described by many, a nocturnal all-colours event is awaiting you!
Sampaguita's directly managed dive shop is located at about 20 metres from the restaurant and about 100 metres from the last bungalow. The dive shop is fully equipped with about 20 complete high quality and full performance diving sets. A rinse tank, wide space for personal dive gear and photo / video equipment, drying racks, and an emergency workshop for minor repairs, are available for your convenience. Naturally, the equipment can be left safely at the dive shop.
Sampaguita Resort has three 12 metres and two 15 metres boats, suitable to accommodate 8 and 12 fully equipped divers. These Bangkas are built according to the marine Philippine tradition, with extended keel, minimum draught and typical side stabilizers which give the boat a seagull wing shape. They easily reach the several different dive spots in the area. Always safe for the divers and corals.
At only three and half miles from the Resort (about 10-12 minutes of navigation) is the closest dive spot: Pescador Island, one of the most famous diving spots of the Indo Pacific area.
Diving in these waters is always pleasant and relaxing for several reasons:
The water temperature, which is never under 26 degrees Celsius
The visibility that is rarely less than 15 metres
The kindness and professional assistance of the "bankeros", who take care of your entire equipment before returning on the boat
The competence of the dive guides, who, as natives, know the diving sites as well as their own houses
PESCADOR ISLAND A small island with massive walls. It's heaven for divers and photographers thanks to the myriad of life forms of unbelievable colours and variety. Corals and sponges of all species and dimensions, big gorgonians and soft coral trees. You often get to meet turtles and big fish (sharks, barracudas, tuna fishes) even if these species are not usually coming close to the reef. On the west side you will see at 25 m a huge cave called the "cathedral". Entering the cathedral and looking up into the light puts you in a very special atmosphere. Especially, in the afternoon of a bright sunny day. We call this the cathedral or church light glowing effect and it is simply magical.
This wall stretches from the Sampaguita Resort for about 11 kilometres up to Copton Point. There are more than ten dive spots offering lots to see: hard and soft corals, sponges, great gorgonians, tunicates, sea anemones, nudibranchs, prawns, crabs, lion fishes and so on. Don't be surprised to find some highlights, such as leaf fishes, ghost pipe fishes and similar creatures; so difficult to meet and very much longed for by biologists and photographers. A rich coral garden at very low depths awaits you in Saavedra area. That's where the reef, before becoming a wall, opens up for about two kilometres. Here, everything at sight seems to be doubled in dimensions and density. These dive spots alone are worth 7-10 diving days.
TONGO POINT also called Sampaguita Reef, is the ideal site for free dives not included in the normal dive shop schedule, allowed only in a buddy system. The Sampaguita Reef, close to the diveshop, is highly recommended for night dives immediately before dinner time (at 6:30 p.m. it is already dark). The pristine marine fauna which awakens at sunset will perfectly complete a day full of emotions and pleasure. The dive starts and ends with a deep wall going to endless depths. Watch your no decompression time. Small caves can be explored all along this dive so bring a dive light to look inside the caves. Some parts of the reef come dry during low tide. Be careful with your entry, make sure it’s deep enough if you make the roll backwards.There is a good chance to see a Turtle in the caves, Juvenille Barrcacuda’s, Fusiliers, school of Razorfish (Aeoliscus strigatus), Leaf fish (Taenianotus triacanthus), Harlequin Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus Paradoxus) and in the shallow and deep in-between the corals the famous Mandarin fish (Synchiropus splendidus).
COPTON POINT (Airplane)The airplane is approximately 7 m down the slope at the wall edge at 20 m depth. The airplane is an old post transporter and was put there as a dive attraction back in 1993. The plane is completely stripped of its parts, with only the body left intact. After your visit at the plane you go towards the marine sanctuary. The slope is rocky with nice corals like table corals in the shallow, big sea fans and at 20 - 25 m staghorn corals. Look into the coral for ring-tailed cardinal fish (Apogonaureus). Along the delicate sea whip (Junceela fragilis). Not difficult to find is the black and white Damsel fish with luck and alert eyes the spotted eagle ray fusilier (Caesio cuning), yellow ribbon sweetlip (Plectrohinchus polytaenia), Emperor (Centropyge bicolor and tibicen), puffer fish (Tetraodontidae Family) and blue finned triggerfish (Balistoides viridescens). Also often seen are sea turtles.
WHITE BEACH You descend to 25 m to a fish feeding area. Many damsel fish will welcome you there. In this area there are big brown daisy coral (Tubastraea micrantha) and bucket sponges (Xestospongia testudinaria). You will also see the two-eyed coral fish (Caradion melanopus), checkered snapper (Lutjanus decessatus), red tooth trigger (Epinephelus quoyanus) and loggerhead sea turles (Caretta caretta).
DOLPHIN HOUSE REEF The dive starts with a wall going to 25 m down there is a sandy slope. Half way the dive between 17 and 22 m you will see many small caves; look into them, because chances are high that you'll spot sleeping sea turtle. Very special for this dive site are the wall cuts or canyons. There are some very big colorful sea-fans and nice black coral (Antipathes) at 20m. Many reef fishes can be seen here like fusiliers (Caesionidae family), damsel fishes (Pomacentridae family) and anthias fishes (Serranidae family).
KASAI POINT The dive starts with a slope going down to 40 m. Stay at 20 m and come slowly up to 10 m. Also on this dive site are many canyons and some small caves. You'll see great hard corals on the top and in deep water as well as many and big black corals. Most likely, you'll encounter a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta). Many nudibranchs and big schools of razorfish (Aeoliscus strigatus) are awaiting you, too.
PANGASAMA BEACH (Sardines) The dive starts with a steep slope going down to 40 m, there is a wall. Stay at 15 m and come slowly up to 10 m, there are some caves along the wall. This is a great dive site for night diving. The entry and exit are straight from the beach. Most likely you will see huge schools of Sardines being hunted by tunas and jacks. On the sandy platform, right in front of the Seaquest dive shop you can see the special twin spot goby (Signigobius biocellatus) or the poisonous scorpion fish demon stinger (Inimicus didactylus). In the shallow many sergeant majors, moorish idol, small parrotfish, puffer fish and sea turtles are to be seen. Coral growth is decent, with some bucket sponges and wire corals, the delicate sea whip (Junceela fragilis). During the night dive you see for sure some basket stars (Astoboa nuda).
TALISAY WALL The dive starts with a slope going to 13m, down there is a deep wall with a ledge at 35m, the wall has vertical canyons with wide deep slopes. The slope/wall profile keeps on changing all the time. It’s hard to make the side view. Bring a diving light to look in the small caves. Most likely you will see a school of batfish, Mackerel, Barracudas, Turtles and the Yellow margin Triggerfish (Pseudobalistes flavimarginatus). In the shallow reef top look for Mandarin fish (Synchiropus splendidus). Ask a local dive master to show you this special fish. The corals are nice especially the leather corals and elephant ears.
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