The Hilutungan channel at Gilutongan island is a diving site.
The Hilutungan marine sanctuary dive site is at 5 kilometers (less than 3 nautical miles) heading to the 175° from our Scotty's dive center headquarters located at the Shangri-la Mactan, Cebu province.
Hilutungan marine sanctuary offers a vibrant marine life and a very good diving spot for all SCUBA divers.
Hilutungan is also a well known island hopping and tour where people enjoy the local bangka boat (bamboo made boat with outriggers) and snorkeling around in the shallow tropical waters.
As a diver, you will be able to meet some turtles, many schools of parrotfishes, a lot of batfishes,
drummers, ribbon sweetlips shoaling all around, different schools of jackfish, some black and midnight snappers, and many more.
Hilutungan marine sanctuary is also excellent for those who are taking our underwater photography courses as Hilutungan has a colorful and vibrant ocean floor on top of its biodiversity.
Price to dive at the Hilutungan diving site.
- Total Duration (travel + 1 dive): 2 hours.
- Given the distance by boat, we ask for a minimum of 2 persons.
- On the boat: O2 tank (oxygen cylinder) and equipments 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.
- Price: 3,600 PHP per person (the marine sanctuary's fees are included). The SCUBA diving gear and any specific rental equipment is not inclusive.
Diving at the Hilutungan channel dive site.
The Hilutungan island diving site is mainly made with a slopy wall (like on the picture) which is not really vertical and can go down to 50 meters (165 feet) and even more.
The Hilutungan dive site is well known to scuba divers for its big school of fish as well as sighting turtles.
The marine sanctuary of the Hilutungan island is well maintained by the local government, which made this diving spot a must to do during your travel in the Cebu province.
The top of the reef start very shallow, like 2 meters (6 feet) which is perfect for the snorkelers, and continue down quite deep on a steep sloped wall.
Our thoughts about diving at Hilutungan.
The best recommendation we can give you, is to bring an underwater camera to not miss all those big schools of fishes like the barracudas, snappers, jacks sweetlips, and many more.