Maniguin island, aka Maningning Island, is the best dive safari around Boracay
Maniguin island, which is also locally known as the "Maniquin island" or "Maningning island" and even as the "Hammerhead island", is a full-day diving trip (dive safari).
Maniguin island is at 47 kilometers (25 nautical miles) heading to the 209 on the compass from Shangri-la Boracay, and only one hour away with our speed boat at an average of 25 knots (47-48 kph).
Maniguin island is for sure the best diving place all around Boracay! Because it is not easily accessible for most dive centers, if not all the Boracay's dive centers (which depend only on the local bangka boat to bring their guests to the different diving sites around Boracay), nothing is damaged underwater. Diving in Maniguin island is like diving in a virgin territory.
For other dive centers, it takes around 4 hours to go there (so, add 4 hours to go back), and if you want to sleep at night on Maniguin island, there are a few things you should know about:
- There is no portable water.
- The water well contain only brackish water.
- There are no hotels nor any kind of shelter (if it is raining, you can not sleep).
- At night, the crabs invade the whole beach.
The beach is the only place where you can setup the camp.
But with Scotty's dive center, it is possible to do it as a day dive safari, with three dives on the site and you will be back to your hotel by 18h00 (6PM) the same day. Why? Because our boats can go to Maniguin in just one hour!
Why do you need to dive around Maniguin island?
First of all, it will be an unforgettable dive safari.
Secondly, the underwater visibility is unique to this area. Compared to mainland Boracay, there is no pollution at all and the beautiful local underwater biodiversity is excellent.
You will encounter a few of the locals (they are seaweeds farmers) who are extremely kind and helpful in showing you the best diving spots which can differ depending on the season.
In Maniguin island, there is a lot of unique marine life that cannot be seen around Boracay itself.
The underwater visibility is absolutely fabulous, at least 30 meters (100 feet) below. For example, you will start your first dive at the lighthouse with a stunning reef before arriving to the wall heading at 180° on the compass.
What will you see during the dives at Maniguin?
You will encounter the big Napoleon Fish (known as the Humphead wrasse), some Manta Rays and many other kinds of rays, like the Blue-Spotted ray and the famous Stingray. There are a lot of fishes shoaling around like the Blue Surgeon fish or Bluestrap Snapper.
You will also encounter some school of barracudas, school of trevally fish, school of jacks, sweetlips and so on.
A very wide variety of soft and hard corals, like the wall in front of the seaweeds farm, is absolutely fabulous and made with endless "coral plates" where a huge shoal of blue trigger fish (red toothed triggerfish) are hanging around.
Having all these fishes, corals, reefs, nudibranch, and gorgonians around Maniguin island does, for sure, brings predators. You will be able to see different kinds of sharks, like the hammerhead shark, and depending on the season, some dolphins and other cetacea too.
Scuba Diving Maniguin Island 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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Optional Boat Rental (for personal schedules)
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