The Channel drift in Boracay is a drift diving site.
The Channel drift is located between the Boracay island and the Aklan mainland.
It takes about 15 to 30 minutes by boat ride to get to the dive site, depending on your location in Boracay. As a reference, from the middle of the white beach, the drop off (where we jump in the water from the boat) is at 5.5 kilometers (3 nautical miles) only.
This Channel is also known as the Channel Steps by the locals in Boracay.
This dive site has an average depth of 25 to 30 meters max (60 to 80 feet). The channel drift is full of aquatic flora and fauna on the sandy floor. You will find some amazing rock formations, as well as hard and soft corals and different schools of fishes such as batfish, sweetlips, snappers and even some stingrays and reef sharks.
The strong tidal currents flow through the strait and you will drift through canyons. Your drift dive will start at a minimum depth of 10 meters (33 feet) and go down to a maximum of 30 meters (100 feet) at the underwater pipe marks (it's also the exit of the dive site where the current becomes very mellow).
The channel is a truly fun diving site for divers who love to drift with a strong current. While drifting underwater, you may see some trevallies swimming around and reef sharks may be spotted as well.
Diving the channel drift site.
The Channel Drift has very strong currents, you should prepare yourself to do a negative entry from the boat (usually a back-roll from a little boat or the little local bangkas) and all divers at the same time, because once you touch the water, you will be immediately flushed away by the strong current.
The speed underwater can be quite impressive the first time, because it's like flying underwater just above a sandy seabed. You should always care about your buoyancy as the seabed is not fully flat and the current, which follows the shapes of the seabed, will bring you up and down a few times.
Our thoughts about diving the Channel drift.
If you like the sensation and feeling of flying underwater, this is a perfect dive site for you!
You should be at least an advanced diver with a good buoyancy control or be certified as a drift diver.
More than the underwater biodiversity, drift dives are about the sensation and feeling, the feeling of flying underwater and being transported at high speed like a racing car.
Over all, diving in the Channel drift is a unique and unforggetable experience, definitely a must-try if you are travelling in Boracay!
Scuba Diving Channel Drift Rates
Prices include our regular scheduled diving boats.
On our scuba-diving boats, you should always find:
- O2 tank (oxygen cylinder) and its kit plus a first aid kit
- We always carry a spare dive equipment and a diving gear toolbox
- We do have a communication device in case of emergency
- Towels and dinking water are included
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