Diving at the Nalusuan island marine sanctuary.
Nalusuan island is between situated at 17 kilometers (9 nautical miles) from our Scotty's Dive Center in Mactan, which is at 20 to 40 minutes by boat (depending the boat you want to rent).
The diving spot at the Nilusuan island start very shallow (it is also good for snorkeling), and goes down along a sloped wall with sandy parts.
The seabed is filled with soft and hard corals, sponges and many coralline algae where critters are living in.
Nalusuan island is a diving sanctuary, which means the marine life is protected from the fishermen. The biodiversity is impressive as you will see school of sweetlips, snappers, angelfish, triggerfish, groupers and all the natural reef fishes shoaling around the different species of corals.
Stingray and a colony of barracudas are also living in the area as well as some sea turtles.
Because the marine sanctuary starts at a quite shallow depth, Nalusuan is also known for its island hopping tours and excursions with island snorkeling tours.
Diving at the Nalusuan island.
- Total Duration (trip + 1 dive): 2 and a half hours.
- 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: 3,600 PHP per person.
Diving at the Nalusuan island diving spot.
The corals formation are beautiful and a lot of species of corals fishes are shoaling around. Sweetlips and trevally fish are also hanging around.
All level of divers are welcome as the dive can start at a very shallow depth.
The underwater biodiversity is impressive, and that already at the shallows, then going down you will encounter school of jacks, tuna, groupers, and even some sea turtles.
It was reported many times that baby whale sharks were spotted as well as some reef sharks, like the white tip sharks and the grey reef sharks. Parrot fish and cuttle fish are also living in the area with some barracudas.
A special mention is to give to the reef, for the coral formations as they are numerous and some times can be strange.
These corals formation are ideal for underwater photography as they will make your pictures unique and colorful.
Our thoughts about diving at the Nalusuan island.
There is so much to see at the Nalusuan island during 1 dive, that we usually recommend a day trip with 2 or 3 dives on the site, or the dive safari packages of Hilutungan and Nalusuan.
Over all this type dive is for all divers of all levels, from open water diver to the experienced deep divers, every one will enjoy diving at Nalusuan island.
From a beautiful coral formations to different school of fishes and critters living in the area, the Nalusuan dive is a must for everyone.
We recommend to dive nitrox, and to not forget your underwater camera as you will see a lot of things underwater.