The Camotes islands and its different diving sites.
The Camotes islands are a group composed of four islands (this is why Camotes islands is in plural form), the nearest island is 42 kilometers (22 nautical miles) away heading to the 39 from our Scotty's headquarters in Mactan, which makes Camotes less than 1 hour to travel from our dive center.
The names of the four islands composing the Camotes islands group are: San Francisco island, Poro island, Ponson island and Talong island.
There is a local story about how the name was given as Camotes to the group of islands: When a spaniard discovered the Camotes Islands (roughtly 400 years ago), they asked the locals what is the name of the island. The locals were eating a kind of sweet potatoe during this time and thought that the Spanish man wanted to eat, so they proposed to share their potatoes to the spaniard. This why it's called Camotes because in Spanish, a "camote" is a kind of sweet potatoe.
The Camotes islands are the home of an underwater paradise with many beautiful walls covered with different kinds of colorful corals and sponges.
You will see a variety of sea fans and huge gorgonians, a lot of crinoids and numerous tropical marine species.
You should not miss the chance to capture with your underwater camera, the beautiful colors of the ocean floor and its marine life at the Camotes islands.
Why should you want to dive around the Camotes islands?
The Camotes islands are still "virgin" for many diver groups because it is not easily accessible by the usual dive centers!
At Scotty's dive center, we can take you to beautiful diving sites that no other dive centers can. This means that we can take you to the dive sites, like in Camotes islands, that are not overcrowded.
There are many underwater diving sites to explore in the Camotes and for many types of scuba-divers, such as technical wreck diving, or technical cave diving as well as pure fun dives for the recreational and the less technical divers.
During the dives at the Camotes islands, you will see.
At different kinds of walls and plateaux, the walls can go down to around 85 meters (280 feet) like at the wreck (the Boholana Princess). Many schools of different species of fishes are swimming around numerous species of soft and hard corals. A very abundant population of colored sponges and gorgonians can be found.
And for sure, some sharks are hanging around this abundant marine life, and depending on the season and the weather, you will see a huge family of black dolphins (there are at least 30 individuals in this group).
Macro photography is ideal for this dive safari as the underwater photographers will enjoy colorful nudibranch, anemona, sponges, leaf fish, gobbies, shrimps, many kind of porcelain crabs, and so many more to list...
Scuba-diving Camotes Islands Rates
The prices and rates can be different depending on where you would like to go, what type of dive you want to do, and which island you would like to dive.
Below are the rates for the west part of the Camotes islands group (San Francisco island) up to the northern little island (Talong to Tulang island), not including the trimix for the 70 meters (230 feet) wreck (the Boholana Princess), if you want to dive the wreck for example.
- 3 dives on the west part of the Camotes.
- Duration: all day.
- Given the distance by boat we ask for a minimum number of persons.
- O2 tank (oxygen cylinder)and equipments plus a first aid kit.
- We always carry a spare dive equipment and a diving gear toolbox.
- Communication device in case of emergency.
- Towels and mineral drinking water are included.
- Price per person: Price or Fare is not set, please contact us.
Optional Boat Rental (for personal schedules)
- Exclusive Boat: Price or Fare is not set, please contact us.
- Rainbow Runner: 89 600 PHP