FREEDIVING IN SIQUIJOR: Home of Majestic Barracudas and Cave Dive Spots
Known as the home of penetration dive spots and the majestic barracuda run in the Philippines, freediving in Siquijor is one of the most exciting things to do in Isla del Fuego. I have been in the island several times for a freediving activity and every time that I visit, I get to dive a different spot — a cave, a crack, a coral garden, and a lot more.
Siquijor, also known as Isla del Fuego, is an island rich beautiful sceneries— from the mountains to the bottom of the ocean. This mystic island is located in the southern part of Central Visayas.
On this blog post, I am happy to share a guide on where to freedive in Siquijor, how to go there, safety diver guide, who to contact, dive itinerary, and everything that you need to know to prepare your freediving trip in the island of fire.
BEST DIVE SPOTS FOR FREEDIVING IN SIQUIJOR
Freediving in Siquijor will be your favorite if you’re extra adventurous underwater. I would say that most of the challenging dive spots in the island are not for newbie freedivers. There are lot of sanctuaries in Siquijor though for shallow divers. But to enjoy the most of the interesting ones, you should at least be more experienced. Here are the best freediving spots that you should check out in the island of Siquijor.
TULAPOS MARINE SANCTUARY — The Incredible Barracuda Run in Siquijor
Tulapos Marine Sanctuary has a very healthy and good marine life under. This is a protected site and the locals, DENR officials, and men in uniform really take good care of the tourists who visits this sanctuary. This sanctuary is the home of the famous barracuda run. To have an awra dive shot here is every freediver’s bucket list.
Turtles are also quite common in this area, school of jacks, and there is also a chance to see a black tip reef shark.
Other marine sanctuaries in Siquijor that you might want to check out:
- Tubod Marine Sanctuary – Located near Coco Grove Beach Resort, it’s a perfect place for snorkeling and observing stunning healthy corals as well as huge collection of fish and colourful starfish.
- Maite Marine Sanctuary – This is popular for night diving because of huge population of mandarin fish. You can also find here all sorts of fishes, crabs, sea urchins and corals.
- Caticugan Marine Sanctuary – Marine life is close to the shore by the shallow waters. You can expect to see colorful fishes, corals, and sea snakes here.
SAWANG — Cave, Crack, and Coral Garden
These are only few out of over many diving spots in Siquijor. Some are freediving-friendly and others need to be scuba dive. All mentioned spots here are the most popular ones and are worth visiting for.