Diving in Hilutungan and Nalusuan is a diving day safari.
Going to dive to both islands is a day safari tour on our luxurious bangka boat, where you will enjoy your dives as well as your surface interval.
The Hilutugan marine sanctuary dive site is at 5 kilometers (less than 3 nautical miles) from our Scotty's dive center in Mactan (Cebu region). This is where you will jump in the water for your first dive, then you will go Nalusuan which is more or less than 5.5 kilometers afar (3 nautical miles) for your second dive.
The diving site of Hilutugan is well known for the different big schools of fishes. Sea turtles are often seen in the area as well as barracudas, school of groupers, snappers, angelfish sweetlips and a big biodiversity of soft and hard corals.
Once you have finish to dive in Hilutungan, you will be heading to the south first to turn around the hight reef (the boat cannot cross it), then you will head to the Nalusuan island.
The diving sanctuary of Nalusuan is an excellent diving site for all level of divers, from beginners to advanced diver everyone will enjoy the underwater biodiversity especially the photographers.
On the upper part of the sloped wall, you will see a colony of blue spotted sting rays among the scattered corals on the sandy seabed. As you are going down during the dive, the corals are getting more dense quickly where the usual tropical reef fishes are shaoling around.
You will spot a huge population of groupers schooling around a field (literally a field) of table corals.
The Hilutungan and Nalusuan diving day safari.
- Total Duration (all the day + 2 dives): around 9h00 to 16h00 (9am to 4pm).
- Given the distance/time 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: 6,300 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 Hilutugan and Nalusuan dive site.
None only, it's a fantasctic day trip for all the family, but it's a must to do for a diver, during its vacation in the Philippines.
Two dives sites, not far from each others, but with 2 different biotopes!
The first dive site (Hilutungan) is known for its big fishes and schools of different species of fish.
The second dive site is known for the huge field of plate corals and all the colorful reef fishes shoaling around.
So what to chose? You do not have to chose as you will dive both diving sites during an amazing day trip.
During this underwater islands tour you will also enjoy the true island tour above the sea, discovering the beauty of the Philippines islands.
Our thoughts about this diving safari.
First at all, you will need to pack your underwater camera with you, if you forget it, you can always ask us to rent one as it will be an unforgetable journey.
Diving at the Hilutungan and Nalusuan islands is an unique experience as each dive will not be the same, this is due to a different biotope which is particular to each island.
And the last but not the least, it's also a true island hopping tour during your surface interval, that all the family can enjoy even if they are not diving.