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Dive Review of Sanho Dive Centre in
Philippines/Coron, Cebu and Apo islands

Sanho Dive Centre: "Philippines diving: wrecks, walls, whale sharks and more", Apr, 2017,

by Andrew Falconer , WA, AU (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 10208.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vanuatu, South Africa, Iceland, Scotland, Norway, Cuba, Maldives, Chuuk, Galapagos, Phillipines, Sri Lanka
Closest Airport Busuanga Getting There Fly Manila to Busuanga, local transport fly Dumagueti back to Manila

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas
Water Temp 27 to 29 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10 to 15 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

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Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments On a first time two weeks trip to the Philippines, I experienced a variety of diving on three separate islands, out of the 7,000 that exist. Getting there from Australia is relatively simple: direct flights to Manila if you live in Sydney, or in my case via KL from Perth with Air Asia. From Manila, there are regular flights to Busuanga, Cebu and Dumagueti, although to get from Busuanga to Cebu you have to go via Manila.

Busuanga Island: World War 2 Japanese wrecks and a hot lake

On 24h September 1944, American aircraft attacked and sank a number of Japanese ships, which were sheltering in a bay near Coron, Busuanga Island. The ships were mostly merchant vessels, with the exception of a flying boat retrieval vessel (Akitsushima) and a submarine hunter gunboat (Teru Kaze Maru). The wrecks lie between 3 and 42metres, are all still intact, although the holds are mostly empty, the propellers have been salvaged and time has taken its toll.


Diver over one of the wrecks

The rudder of one of the wrecks


The majority of the wrecks lie fairly close to each other, about an hour by boat west of Coron, so diving involves double or tr ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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